A True Tale Of Love In Tonga

Last night I read ‘A True Tale of Love in Tonga’ by Robert Gibbings, and spent some time today scanning

the dust jacket, the front and back boards;

the Foreword;

and the pages, which speak for themselves.

Between bouts of scanning Jackie drove me into the forest, where

I wandered among the gleaming golden gorse around Crockford Clump.

Ponies cropped the verges of St Leonard’s Road, while donkeys

tore at more prickly provisions,

and a pheasant tried camouflage in the long grass of a field.

This evening we dined on Becky’s delicious pork casserole; creamy mashed potato with nutmeg; and firm broccoli, with which Jackie and I each drank more of the Rosé and Rouge respectively.


  1. Interesting book.
    I love the golden gorse, but the ponies on St. Leonard’s Road is a stunning photo. The light is beautiful.
    As always, I find those little donkey faces adorable.

  2. Your header picture immediately brought the ballad of “Running Bear” by Ray Stevens to mind. I am glad this story had a happier ending 🙂

  3. That foreword does make the story sound intriguing. I like Anne’s thought about “Running Bear”.
    Thank you for the animals pics!!

  4. The golden gorse is gorgeous! The donkeys are delightful! The pheasant is phabulous! (Too colorful to hide well! 😉 ) The ponies are pretty! (My fave photo today!)
    Oh, gosh and golly! That artwork is amazing! The water, and underwater, illustrations are so captivating, with such great detail.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  5. I read the Foreward to A True Tale of Love in Tonga. It sounds very interesting, and of course, I love the engravings. The gorse put on quite a show today!

  6. The pages do speak for themselves.

    That is a beautiful stand of golden gorse, and I enjoy seeing the various residents of the forest. You had nice weather for your drive. We are back to overcast conditions here today.

  7. This was an especially enjoyable post! The True Tale of Love in Tonga was delightful. And I always love ponies and shaggy donkeys.

  8. That is a tremendous scanning effort you have put in transferring the tale I had never heard of before regardless of Byron. The story has turned out like a graphic novel. Your outing has yielded brilliant photos. I particularly liked the photograph with ponies on St Leonard’s Rd.

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