A Birthday Outing

Nick continued his work today.

First, donning a protective mask, and doing his best to prevent dust from entering our sitting room, he rubbed down the surfaces he had filled in yesterday, then began to apply the first coat of paint which he completed during our absence this afternoon.

After lunch the three of us spent the afternoon visiting the pharmacy at Milford on Sea for advice regarding a stye I have had first beneath my left eye; Otter Nurseries and The Perfumery in Lymington to buy presents for Jackie whose birthday it is today.

Hot compresses were advised for the eye; Flo bought a compost trowel, a kneeler and three plants; I bought some Guerlain perfume.

I walked along the High Street for a while the ladies enjoyed a drink and cake in Costa Coffee. The young girl rather photobombed my shot of the older woman examining her bag.

I photographed reflections from the stream flowing under the Church Lane bridge, on way to drop in to Elizabeth for a. short while.

On our return a group of Shetland ponies were engaged in cropping the green long Pilley Street.

We returned home for a while before setting out again for Lymington to dine at Lal Quilla. The meat in each of our main courses was chicken. Mine Jaljala; Flo’s, Shashlik; Jackie’s, Sally. We shared rices, an egg paratha, a peshwari naan, and saag paneer. Jackie and I drank Kingfisher and Flo drank J2O


  1. Happy Birthday to Jackie! It sounds like she had a lovely day and presents and dinner.
    A great mix of town and country photos. The pony about to scratch or looking at his/her hoof made me laugh.

  2. Happy Birthday, Jackie! YAY! I hope you had a lovely day of celebration and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ YAY for your great birthday gifts and dinner! ๐Ÿ™‚
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    The photos of Nick and his shadow are cool! Both of them working hard. ๐Ÿ™‚
    The pony looking to make sure all four of her shoes matched made me laugh! ๐Ÿ˜‰ ๐Ÿ˜€ (One time I left the house with two different colored shoes on…the same shoe, but one navy blue and one black. Long story. That’s what happens when you get dressed in the dark. ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€ )
    (((HUGS))) for you all…and extra Birthday(((HUGS))) for Jackie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚
    PS…I hope your eye stye heals quickly, Derrick.

  3. HAPPY BIRTHDAY, JACKIE! It looks like you had a lovely day with sunshine and all.

    I love the spotted pony in your last group of photos, Derrick. Is there many spotted ponies around?

      1. Ooooh, sounds sexy and mysterious from the description I found – “The fragrance is velvety soft and romantic, it is a fragrance of bluish dusk and anticipation of night, before the first stars appear in the sky.”

  4. Seems like a nice birthday outing for the celebrant! Happy birthday, Jackie! Hope the cold compresses helped and that thing near your eye is healing.

    1. It is like a scoop, my new one has a wooden handle and a stainless steel bowl shaped scoop it can fill a hanging basket in half the time of an ordinary trowel!

  5. It is like a scoop, my new one has a wooden handle and a stainless steel bowl shaped scoop it can fill a hanging basket in half the time of an ordinary trowel!

  6. Happy Birthday to the Head Gardener and Chef-in-Chief!
    It was an interesting outing, the Shetland ponies look very cute! The photobombing girl is true to the chosen adjective!

  7. Happy Birthday, Jackie!

    I hope your eye feels better soon, Derrick.

    Those Shetland ponies are my favorites. So small but so full of life and self-determination!

  8. I will say that my mother used to find that either hot compresses or icy ones worked for most ailments. She threw in hot water bottles and pots of hot water too for stomach aches and slivers in the feet. I dismissed much of her advice until I got old enough to realize she was basically right.

  9. It is good to read this post after a day sans internet, which means a belated happy birthday to Jackie. How lovely to go out for your meal on her special day. I have not seen a spotted Shetland pony before, so really enjoyed that image.

  10. Shetland ponies are definitely a bit classier than a man from the council when it comes to getting your verges mowed. A belated happy birthday to Jackie.

  11. I hope your eye got better. I really like the ponies. You take snaps of them that showcase their life. I find them soothing

  12. The romanticist emerges when you know just the right perfume for your sweetheart. It’s a gift to bless both of you! I had not heard of Lโ€™heure bleu before. Have a lovely birthday evening, {{{Derrick}}} <3

  13. Another crocheted letterbox. That must be Paddington with the crown? ha ha. Nick does good work. You are fortunate to have him. And a very late Happy Birthday wish to Jackie. Is that her in the car behind the ponies?

  14. I love the archway in your home, and I know Jackie will enjoy all of her gifts, but I confess I am a bit surprisedย you didn’t purchase her something for the garden.ย 

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