Venison, Chicken, Swans, Ducks, Geese

Jackie cut my hair after lunch. Then we enjoyed a late afternoon forest drive.

Swans, casting long shadows, with a group of mallards, which took to flight upon my arrival, wandered across the sward at Beaulieu River.

At East End a donkey and foal clipped a hedge, while a burnished pony watched the traffic passing by.

The lowering sun was reflected along with trees in a pool beside Exbury Road.

The tide was out. at Lepe where I focussed on the Isle of Wight and a container vessel on the horizon between Southampton and the island; while

Jackie photographed a chicken in a field.

We turned down Lower Pennington Lane in order to catch the sunset on the way home.

Here the Assistant Photographer photographed a deer and three geese.

I photographed a skein of geese over head, and others enhancing the sunset.

These shots are Jackie’s.

This evening we dined on more of the Culinary Queen’s wholesome cottage pie with fresh carrots, cabbage, and runner beans. Mrs Knight drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Douro.


      1. GF flour is still available but not always successful. Plus I can only buy in 2 kg bags here and has a short shelf life. In past, when we had a house full, I usually used a variety of flours need to be blended eg: rice, potato, almond. These days it’s only the 2 of us and out of practice. Betty Crocker has a few good pre-made varieties for small meals. I just need to get motivated. ๐Ÿ™‚

        1. And it occurred to me that you may like to make yours with a pastry base. The way I learned (at home science in school LOL), was just the mince mixture, with mashed potato and perhaps some grated cheese top. Cornflour is enough thickener there.
          We too have a cupboard of flours, but since we are suburban, it is easy to find packets of GF plain and self-raising at the supermarkets. We usually get it at Aldi.

    1. Chrissy, Cottage/Shepherd pie is made without pastry and there should be enough tasty liquid left at the end of cooking to use as your gravy and it’s not necessary to thicken.
      Makes you feel hungry just reading about their delicious suppers each day, doesn’t it?

  1. I liked the combined effort on the evening geese. Reading your title made me think that you had gone to an Elizabethan banquet (as I am sure that you intended).

  2. What amazingly beautiful photos of tonight’s sunset…
    I do so hope that perky chicken was still around to enjoy it – the field looked rather large and open – let’s hope Mr Fox isn’t nearby!

      1. Iโ€™ve only been cutting Davidโ€™s since about six weeks into the pandemic. I think itโ€™s safe to say I do not have an aptitude for barbering.

  3. Swan, shadows and mallards, and reflections in the woodland, not to forget the equestrian vagabonds, make for a refreshing album. Jackie has burst upon the secret of the golden hour and symmetry in photography.

  4. The header picture is beautiful – so pleased to see more vibrant sunset pictures lower down too. I have cut my husband’s hair ever since I met him aged 19! As for cottage pie, my widowed mother used to visit us over the Christmas period and one year when I asked the family what they would like for Christmas dinner, my younger son made a special plea for “Granny’s cottage pie”. He got it.

  5. I’ve never seen the Isle of Wight so close. You must have taken other shots but this makes it look swimming distance from the mainland.

  6. We live in an apartment complex that has a pond situated close to our apartment. The geese use it as a resting place as they travel to and fro. I enjoy hearing and seeing them as they honk and frolic. So, you’re not going to show off your haircut? Your header photo is stunning!

  7. What a great set of images from both of you.
    The reflections are stunning and ones of the geese and swans in flight have made my day.

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