There Are No Pale Grey Foals

Preparation is an oft overlooked essential part of house decoration – especially if this has not been adequately carried out for decades. Such has been the case with our home which Nick Hayter has transformed over the years.

He spent several hours on this today.

This afternoon I made him some prints from today and yesterday, notably yesterday’s opening portrait.

Later, Jackie and I took a forest drive.

We had hoped the postbox on Pilley Hill would have been decorated by the anonymous yarn artist in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

We were not disappointed.

I crossed the moorland alongside Furzey Lane in order to photograph

ponies and their foals who rapidly showed me several clean quads of heels.

I was apparently less disturbing on the outskirts of Ran’s Wood

where an equine mother and baby group was clearly in progress. Realising that the young woman who was riding about among them was in conversation with some, I asked her if they were hers. Two of the mares and three of the foals were – she was happy to be a Commoner. We enjoyed a friendly discussion during which she confirmed our impression that grey mares never produced foals born with their colouring. The infants have much darker hides which may or may not lighten as they grow into adulthood, Even then it is not guaranteed.

This evening we dined on fusion leftovers: Jackie’s cottage pie; Angela’s chicken dish; vegetable samosas and sag aloo from Tesco; chicken sag and sag paneer from Red Chilli. This made for a truly tasty melange with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden, Flo drank raspberry and lemon Kombucha, and I drank more of the Malbec. Strawberries and ice cream finished us off.


  1. Interesting about the color of the foals. But whatever their color, they are utterly adorable. How lucky you are to have Nick. Our home only has two old duffers—us—to make needed updates and repairs. And let’s just say we’re none too speedy.

  2. So many beautiful ponies and foals today! I love the new design for the postbox too, someone is very talented. I have some paintwork in my home that needs repair, I wish I could hire Nick! ❀️????

  3. I hope Nick has never had to deal with stripping unstrippable wallpaper that has been painted over. It’s an absolute nightmare. Interesting tidbit about gray horse coloring.

  4. Post box looks great (I say this despite my rising tendency to Bolshevism) and I sympathise with the foals – I too have become more grey as I have grown older.

  5. The beautiful horses, ponies, and foals make me realize how much I miss them. It’s been a long time. Maybe brown is on a dominant gene, like with eye color.

  6. I love the decorated postbox. The mysterious knitter is a very talented individual!

    The foals are adorable, too. That is a beautiful Appaloosa that woman is riding.

  7. From home decoration to frolicking foals and fascinating information freely given – thank you, Derrick.

  8. The foals are so sweet!
    The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee yarn artwork is beautiful! I hope the artist knows how much joy they are bringing to people all over the world!
    Nick is doing great work! The 3 photos of him “framed” by the oval door-arch are very cool!
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  9. The decoration doctor is hard at work on the interiors of your comfortable Home by the Garden. The mystery of there being no pale grey foals seems unsolved as yet. Perhaps geneticists can quench our curiosity.

    1. Thanks very much, Uma. I just looked it up on Google and got this: ‘Grey horses actually have a duplication of a part of their genome which leads to an overabundance of pigment cells – there are both more of them and they proliferate more rapidly. This is the reason young grey horses are so dark or ‘hyperpigmented’ rather than having typical foal coats.’ The next entry on the page is my post πŸ™‚

  10. I think it’s magical that you live in a place where someone crochets a post box decoration AND lovely baby animals frolic in the wild. So sweet.

    1. Thanks very much, Dolly. Commoners are those who have historic residence in the forest and consequently have the rights, like pasturage that go with it.

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