Martin spent the whole day working in the garden. Jackie and I left him to it later this afternoon, but I will need to photograph his results tomorrow, because soon after we came home from an afternoon’s drive heavy rain hammered down.

Before lunch Shelly visited for a coffee and catch up after Covid in both families. All is well now.

My camera today found plenty of subjects along Beachern Wood.

A solitary pony cropped the verges beside the car park where

a horse being led from its box attracted visitors’ attention.

Various ponies dotted the landscape as we approached

the waking woodland, walked by people of all ages.

Alpacas basked on a hill opposite the trees;

cyclists and riders ambled down the road;

ungainly gaited crows trotted around the banks of

the rippling Ober Water, which reflected the surrounding trees,

one of which still bore Christmas decorations.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s omelette-topped savoury rice served with three preparations of prawns, namely tempura, hot and spicy and salt and pepper with which the Culinary Queen and I drank Valle de Casablanca Sauvignon Blanc 2021, while Flo didn’t.


  1. Does that tree have googly eyes?! πŸ™‚ I love the alpacas under the perfectly-proportioned tree, the ponies in silhouette coming in a close second.

  2. Wonderful gallery of your environs. Rudolph is a treat, alpacas cute and that horse van is amazing. Thanks for sharing these pictures, Derrick. Glad things are getting back to normal for you, Jackie and family and friends. πŸ™‚

  3. what a wonderful walk Derrick.. and so many beautiful ponies… Love Rudolph and the one with the crow.. the stump of wood I think it is looks like a cat … stalking the crow..
    Enjoy the rest of your week my friend.. πŸ˜€

  4. Someone left their Christmas decorations up longer than me! The mossy trunk looks like it could be the side of a steep mountain with vegetation.

  5. Oh Rudolph … Christmas is a long way off (I hope) … and your photo of the white and black Alpacas basking in the sun together is very eyecatching Derrick, and I have placed it in my “Files”

  6. The woodland has interesting visitors of all ages. Ponies seem to have taken over the control of the grassland. Alpacas are always a wonder to me having met not one in my life. It is a lyrical narration replete with intricate alliterations, always a treat to the mind.

  7. Your subjects are so lovely! The 2 legged ones. The 4 legged ones. The no legged ones. πŸ˜‰
    And Rudolph is a cutie! I bet he brings lots of smiles to surprised faces!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  8. That Rudolph tree is so funny and effective. Many beautiful horses and ponies. I liked the white pony and the black and white scratching one. The alpacas are a twenty-first century version of the pastoral paintings done in earlier centuries.
    Dinner sounds delicious.

  9. Such outstanding pictures today, Derrick. I love the white pony and that silhouette at the bottom right of the pony gallery is a sure win in the contest (if they still have it).

  10. Alpacas are interesting; I have been close to groups a few times in Oregon as both lamas and alpacas are bred/raised in many areas. They aren’t all that welcoming but fun to watch. Liked seeing the older woman with the little girl–glad so many folks enjoyed walking.

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