A Stream Of Cyclists

Yesterday Jackie put in more work perfecting the Rose Garden clearance. The path leading to the white seat had been weeded by Flo.

When she noticed the bag of recycling material outside our front door ripped open this morning with its contents distributed round the garden, Jackie wondered what had done this. After she cleared it up and stepped out the back the answer became clear.

Badgers had returned. The Waterboy arrangement, the corner pots on the patio edge of the Pond Bed, and the stumpery had been wrecked. Before I photographed the damage The Head Gardener had righted the second two sites although she had missed the ornamental mouse trampled into the patio gravel, and the earth was still strewn across the Brick Path. In the process Jackie had disturbed a wasp’s nest, one resident of which stung her.

Later in the morning Dillon, straight off the plane, arrived with Flo and Becky who had collected him on arrival soon after 7.00 a.m. None of the three had slept during the night, so the young couple went straight to bed and Becky rested on our sofa for a while before setting off back to Southbourne. She later texted to let us know she had arrived home safely.

I scanned 14 of our granddaughter’s colourful drawings before Jackie and I lunched at

The Rising Sun. The allegedly Light Bites we enjoyed were

a Ploughman’s Lunch for me and tuna salad for Mrs Knight.

The photograph of the pub above was taken from the cracked and hoof-pitted-concrete-moulded terrain of Wootton Common opposite.

The extra large photograph albums I ordered for the wedding photographs arrived this morning.

New Forest Cycling Club had gathered by the stream at Wootton Car Park. As we arrived they trooped off down the road

and left the increasingly shallow shingle bed to other visitors.

This evening we dined on Red Chilli’s excellent takeaway fare with which Jackie and Dillon drank Hoegaarden, Flo drank water, and I drank Chassaux Rasteau 2019.


  1. Between the Badger visit and the wasp sting, plus the guests, very appropriate of you to take Mrs
    Knight out to lunch. Gorgeous pictures.
    Good lad.

  2. Between the Badger visit and the wasp sting, plus the guests, very appropriate of you to take Mrs
    Knight out to lunch. Gorgeous pictures.
    Good lad.

  3. Sorry to see the Badgers had been wrecking your garden Derrick… Thank goodness we only get hedgehogs! πŸ™‚
    Great work by the head gardener lol… and just the ticket for a pub lunch…. Looks like everyone on their bikes and in the water were having fun…
    Enjoy your week Derrick πŸ™‚

  4. Dillon arrived!!!! YAY!!!! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad!!! πŸ™‚

    Sorry to hear about the badgers and the wasp sting. πŸ™ Poor Jackie! πŸ™ So nice that you two got to have lunch out. πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) ❀️
    PS…a stream of cyclists…is official?! Ha! It made me laugh! πŸ˜€

  5. I hope that Jackie is okay after the wasp sting! Great photos as always, and, why would a badger mess with a bag of soil? I would be trapping them and releasing them several miles away.

  6. Sorry Derrick but if you’re not going to have your permit to remain in the Forest revoked, you do need to call the pubs by their correct name. Not the Rising Sun but the Japanese Pub please…

  7. Naughty Badgers. I don’t think I have ever seen a badger neither in a zoo or in any one of the documentary films I’ve watch. I must google them later after physiotherapy… take my mind of the after affects.

    I do hope Jackie is OK after her nasty wasp sting.

    We have very few real pubs in Australia, especially with such age and character. We have seen a few on some of the dusty road trips out west. Sydney has a few but always to crowded to enter.

    Enjoy your family and I do hope the weather is not so extreme as it has been.

    1. Thanks very much, Chrissy. Cooler now, but no rain this month. I’ve only seen one live badger and was surprised at how fast it could run. Jackie’s arm is swollen and itchy.

  8. You had quite a busy day! I hope Jackie is not suffering from the wasp sting.
    Quite substantial light bites.
    If the water dries up more, what will the group of cyclists be called? ?

  9. To be badgered by badgers and stung by a wasp seems most unfair, I hope that the light bite made up for the sting. And how nice to see so many cyclists in one place.

  10. Good news that Dillon and Flo are reunited. Bad news about the wasp attack and badger vandalism. Hope Jackie is ok. Wasp stings can be brutal.

  11. There’s only one solution to the mess. You need to badger those badgers until they give up and leave! (And take those wasps with them!)

  12. I am sorry to hear Jackie got stung trying to clean up after the bad boy badgers. Rick and I have each accidentally disturbed wasp nests and got stung working on things around here.

  13. A wasp sting! Poor Jacky. More work for you both thanks to the pesky badgers. I never realised they visited gardens.
    I’m glad Dillon has finally arrived, Florence must be delighted.

  14. I hope Jackie is okay after that wasp bite!
    I still say you should charge admission to the garden. With visitors going through, the badgers might think twice before coming by.

  15. Not very nice of those badgers to make such a mess and poor Jackie and her stinging wasp experience. When we lived in Florida, the raccoons would mess up our shrubs and invade our screened-in porch.

  16. seeing your garden again, magic – but badgers and wasps not so nice – never seen a badger here in NZ! As for nature on your outing, I suppose you could call cyclists “nature” but you had a great day anyway.

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