A Soporific Afternoon

In the vicious postprandial heat I ventured on a garden hunt for butterflies and bees, which had been more present earlier in the day when we were clearing clippings and bagging them up for disposal.

Only two Peacocks and one bee settled in view during the half hour in which I was prepared to stick it out.

This afternoon we drove to Helen and Bill’s home at Fordingbridge to deliver a birthday present for our brother-in-law. He appeared to be asleep and Helen was out, so we left it in the porch.

We returned home via the forest.

Outside The Fighting Cocks at Godshill a group of ponies queued for a drink until

one became frisky and was rebuffed, while

another joined those waiting for a bus opposite.

Two walkers with a dog passed ponies on the green at Hale.

We followed another little and large pair on Tethering Drove, until they entered Broughton Gorse and led me to other equines in the adjacent landscape, one of which had succumbed to sleep,

as had two of our regular friends the Gloucester Old Spots slumbering at the Cadnam end of Roger Penny Way.

This evening we dined on oven fish and chips, peas, and pickled cucumbers and onions, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Banks’s Amber Bitter.


  1. Beautiful butterfly shots, and yes, frisky equines. And thanks, Derrick for adding “postprandial” to my vocabulary. I’ll admit I had to look it up. 😉

  2. I can feel the warmth of the afternoon in those photos. A beautiful and somnolent day there in the forest, Derrick and Jackie. The sleeping pigs are adorable! One of them seems to be smiling, perhaps having a pleasant dream. 🙂

  3. Thank you for the butterfly photos Derrick. This morning I took a photo a caterpillar, and the photos have given me a few ideas for a poem (hopefull) ..

  4. Those soporific pigs are a perfect illustration of the word – and I join with Tootlepedal in enjoying the juxtaposition of the ponies and the name of the pub. This picture really stood out for me.

  5. Porcine AND Equine activity and non-activity! HA! Love the soporific piggies! 🙂
    Love the butterflies and bees!
    Also, the photo of the tree branches “framing” the ponies and people in the background!
    HA on the pub name and the frisky pony! ;-0
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  6. You got pretty frisky with your vocabulary and photos today, too, Derrick. I had to check my dictionary more than once. Hah!

  7. I don’t blame the porky pigs and ponies for grabbing forty winks -I’ve also had difficulty staying awake this week, I’ve even nodded off over the keyboard!

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