Bellowing cattle; creaking branches; squawking pheasants, intermittently punctuated the otherwise silent chill of the early morning air carrying cold gusts across the high ground of Braggers Lane as, after a Ferndene Farm shop visit, Jackie parked and
I wandered down the road
focussing on the bucolic landscapes on either side.
A relaxed pheasant was undisturbed by a learner motorcyclist wheeling by.
I aroused the interest of the residents of the pig farm near Ripley when I photographed them,
a sawn tree trunk contributing to the local ecology which had helped to nurture a blackthorn bush opposite.
This afternoon our nephew John visited with his brother-in-law Faizal to collect various items of furniture surplus to our requirements since our new cupboards were fitted.
Later today I received a comment from Lin Craig who had found and bought in Chichester one of Jackie’s Aunt Doreen’s paintings. My correspondent, who had found her name on my blog, sought confirmation that Doreen was the artist. I was able to provide this by sending a link to one of ours.
This evening we repeated last night’s meal with which I drank more of the Douro.
Love the landscapes Derrick.
Thanks very much, Sherry
Another nice day, Derrick. We have just the spot for Doreen’s painting!
Thanks a lot, Barbara
So many beautiful photos today, Derrick! The painting is very beautiful, she is very talented. We don’t have a Learner permit or license plate (car number?) like you do. You just pass the test and you are on your way, but it’s different for cars. You must drive with a licensed driver only while you have your permit.
While learning we do have have an instructor in control of the car. Thanks very much, John
Such beautiful pictures – both the photographic and painted kind. Gosh, those pigs look huge!
You do meet some very interesting people through your very interesting blog, Derrick!!
Thank you very much, Emma. It is amazing – and satisfying – how often that happens
The painting is beautiful. Sounds like life is almost back to normal. And you interested the Divine Swine. 😉
Thank you very much, Pat 🙂
It was really a bright day. The sky tells a lot.
Thank you very much, Eunice
You are welcome.
Isn’t that interesting about the paintings Jackie’s aunt did! The two paintings are lovely. My favorite photo out of this group is #3/11 of the landscapes for the gradations of blue sky.
Thanks very much, Liz. I’m pleased you liked that one
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Well done, Auntie Doreen, a lovely picture of the orchids. How did Braggers Lane get its name? Did medieval people go down there to boast about their Lord’s kindness, or was it the local archers who claimed to be the fiercest in the district?
Thanks a lot, John. We haven’t been able to answer that one
I love seeing the return of the green. In the fields, the trees, bushes.
Thank you very much, Cindy
Beautiful pictures of your day.
Thank you very much, Mrs W
Lovely photos of peacefully rolling landscapes, Derrick.
Thank you very much, Dolly
You are very welcome, Derrick.
I always love when you wander down the road, Derrick.?The paintings are beautiful!
Thank you very much, Jill
I enjoyed your spacious bucolic landscapes.
Thank you very much, Tootlepedal
Thank you very much, Bridget
Thank you very much, Gary
The painting looks like a lovely watercolor. I like the landscapes with the yellow-gold accents.
Thank you very much, JoAnna
That is a powerful opening sentence which could have been the beginning of an engrossing atmospheric story. Bucolic vistas have been preserved well in your photographic narration. The painting has an interesting story attached to it.
Thank you very much, Uma. I had you in mind with that first sentence
I stand honoured, Derrick.
Wonderful countryside! And that painting is lovely. Talent on both sides of the family!
Thank you very much, Laurie
Your sensitivity to the feelings (and tastes) of other is hereby acknowledged. 🙂
Thanks very much, Yvonne
A lovely painting by Jackie’s Aunt Doreen.
There are a couple of very fat pigs at the pig farm.
Thank you very much, Nicki
Finally looking quite springlike
Thanks a lot, Sheree
The countryside is looking lush and green at the moment Derrick ..
Thanks very much, Ivor
Hello, thank you for mentioning me in your blog
and for sending me a link, I might be having a blondish moment but not sure where you sent the link as I haven’t received it!
Are you able to email me this please.
The signature on my painting matches the one on the lovely painting on your page. ?
I don’t have your e-mail, Lin, but here is the link: https://derrickjknight.com/2022/04/11/doreen-barlows-cymbidium-orchids/
Thank you Derrick.
I hope you are feeling better.
I would love to send you a picture of the painting I have, if you would like to see it?
I paint with watercolour, self taught
in lockdown, nothing as beautiful as Doreen’s work but I really enjoy it!
My email is:
Beautiful photos Derrick! I love the painting!
Thanks very much, Aletta
What a beautiful painting!
And you sure do find the most lovely scenes-n-things to photograph in your wanderings!
Thank you so much, Carolyn X
Nature gave you those landscapes and Doreen, the orchids. You’re a lucky fella!
Thank you so much, GP
The painting is lovely, Derrick, and I enjoyed the photos of the landscapes. Those pigs look very content.
Thank you very much, Eugi
I am so happy to see you are so much better that you “wandered down the road” and were able to let us wander with you to see those lovely scenes. Thank you, God, for answered prayers … the Knight family is mended! And that painting – wow! What an artist! I’m glad you featured Doreen’s talent as your cover photo. And yes, your first sentence is a work of art all by itself!!
Thank you so much, Jan. X
Last week I was in Suffolk where there were thousands and thousands of pigs. I have never seen so many pigs.
Thanks a lot, Andrew
I love the spring light in the landscape photos–such beautiful colors, too.
The paintings by Jackie’s aunt are lovely–and how cool to have someone contact you about it from your blog!
Thank you so much, Merril
You’re welcome, Derrick.
It sounds like your weather has been wintry though sunnier than ours at the moment. We had a combination of rain, snow, sleet, hail and sun yesterday. In your photos I can see the new golden-green leaves starting to emerge and the light is brighter and less angled. The warmth will come.
Those pigs look quite content. 🙂
The orchid painting by Jackie’s Aunt Doreen is very beautiful.
Thank you so much, Lavinia
Spring is there ? that painting is so beautiful!
Thank you so much, Ribana