Running To The Comfort Of His Mum

I have often made chicken stock from bones – usually when preparing a curry – but never as tasty as Becky’s.

This morning I followed her suggestions.

After lunch Jackie and I took a forest drive before visiting the Milford pharmacy to collect medication.

Along Tiptoe Road a group of ponies and foals slept, lolled, suckled or grazed among the buttercups and daisies.

Others we saw sought shade from the excessive heat in the usual places like Burley Lawn

and Forest Road, where we had plenty of time to peruse the back of Pests, Birds, and Bugs van, as it crawled along. The first witticism was having the company’s Limited in full therefore offering a pun; the next was the number plate; and finally one of the pests in the list.

We eventually realised that the vehicle had been following a foal up the road

lined with the exposed roots normally found along such ancient hedgerows.

The little chap had wandered into the woodland where her own offspring was attached to a grey who wasn’t interested in him. Thudding hooves behind me

and a piercing neighing brought the stray running to the comfort of his Mum.

The pair soon left this spot to join others

clustered in dappling shade.

It would have been a waste to have used this morning’s stock on a curry, so Becky made one of her flavoursome chicken risotto’s with it. There was a side of green beans. The cook drank Zesty, Jackie drank Hoegaarden, Ian drank Peroni, and I drank more of the Shiraz.


  1. We had pest problems a few years back and we had the welcome advice of “Ratman Ron” who knew just about everything you could about these pesky rodents. He said that wherever you went, you always had a rat within 10-12 feet of you. A lot of women would agree with that.

  2. I love the beautiful horses and foals! That pest control company takes care of naughty kids too? Love it! โค๏ธ???

  3. Reading the back of that van made me laugh out loud! Quite a list of pests! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ HA! ๐Ÿ˜‰ I would need to stay far away from that truck…they might find my childlike-pesky-pesty fun ways worthy of their extermination! ๐Ÿ˜ฎ ๐Ÿ˜€
    Love the foals and their moms! Love the sun-n-shadows blanket draped on the back of the pony in the last two photos! Love the equines ambling down the B&W sun-n-shade road!
    (((HUGS))) โค๏ธ:-)

    1. So often you use a phrase, for example ‘the sun-n-shadows blanket draped on the back of the pony’ that I wish I had thought of, Carolyn. Thanks very much X

  4. A most entertaining gallery again, Derrick. Those exterminators have a great sense of humor. The fillies and colts are growing rapidly! And that awesome ancient looking tree trunk/root system is quite striking. Thanks for sharing.

  5. Haha .. definitely an amusing advertising sign on the back of the ‘Van’ Derrick … I wonder how many pleas for assistance calls he gets for the “control” of ‘Naughty Kids’ …

  6. That hand written recipe is not something we see a lot-
    And using is for risotto sounds good
    We make our stock – or bone broth – in a pressure cooker with Similar items in yours

      1. Yes – and maybe that is why the handwritten recipe was extra fun!
        Also with so many digital recipes and printed ones – a hand written sheet like that was enjoyable

  7. Those dear little foals are growing fast! The taller they get, the harder it is to take a drink. ๐Ÿ™‚ The days are precious, aren’t they? The clock runs too fast.

    We are now entering a heat dome here that is forecast to last through Monday. It’s going to be a little hot for a few days.

  8. As a retired teacher of English, I smiled happily at the common sense spelling in the recipe ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ ๐Ÿ™‚ The photographs of the foals and ponies are a delight too – the exterminator van is the cherry on the top.

  9. An especially lovely group of photos this time, Derrick. I love the tenderness of mothers and foals and the dappled light at the end. That pest van is funny!

  10. One day you’ll be showing us these foals all grown up, but for right now, all I can say is, Oh how cute!

  11. Your description of ponies reminds me of Lotus Eaters. They seem to be leading an idyllic existence barring of course the unlimited supply of flies (and pests.)

    The backside of the van indeed offers a terrific pun that combines mischievously with the license plate of the vehicle to deepen the humour.

  12. Love seeing the recipe, Derrick. I cherish my family’s handwritten recipes. and the photos are precious. Love baby season in your area. The van was hilarious! Your phrasing was spot on, making me search for the funny tidbit.

  13. love the tradesman’s vehicle – wondering how many NK he’s been asked to fix! As you can see, my weekly catchup is usually on Sunday but his last long w/end hasn’t been crash hot and I’m only just getting to everyone’s post late Monday evening!

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