We Ran Out Of Stickers

Owen signing as witness brought the first of Karen and Barry’s wedding albums to a close this morning. Jackie continues to apply stickers for the

start of the second album.

After lunch we continued until, on the last of the confetti pages, we ran out of stickers, one of which can be seen on the edge of a photograph reversed in the top left of this picture. Our process involved Jackie applying one to each corner of each image for me to place in position in the books.

We then drove to Wessex Photographic in Lymington to purchase another box of adhesive squares before continuing a short trip into the forest.

On Bull Hill a persistent calf attempted unsuccessfully to latch onto a somewhat reluctant cow. Every so often there was a kerfuffle which suggested to me that I may be witnessing a mistaken identity.

Outside the entrance to Beaulieu Abbey I conversed with a friendly family who had spent 90 minutes seeking a donkey and were now petting the only one they had seen.

A calf among a small herd seeking shelter under a spreading horse chestnut tree was enjoying more suckling success than the one seen earlier. Another was scratching its face, possibly in an attempt to dislodge flies.

On our return home we completed our wedding album project, leaving a few final pages blank. Myra and Barry brought our photo story to a close.

This evening we dined on Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare with which Flo drank Ribena while the rest of us drank TsingTao beer.


  1. Job well done. With the album AND the animal photos. That “calf” was nearly the mom’s size. Perhaps she was letting him know he needed to move out and get a job.

  2. A wonderful report on the wedding photo books! You and Jackie did so well on them. I’ve always enjoyed how cattle trim the tree leaves under the ones they utilize for shade. They make a straight line as high as they can reach.

  3. There is something so satisfying about working on a wedding album. I just put daughter’s together. And I’m starting a wedding junk journal for her, but I need to bind the book first, and I’ve been pretty lazy about it.

  4. I can imagine you giving the family pointers on where they might find more donkeys. This one probably appreciated the lavish attention. The beautiful albums will be treasured.

  5. Glimpses of the album in works make me want to go through the entire volume. In between, the cattle and donkey, not to speak of the donkey loving family, make for wonderful stickers for the post.

  6. What a treasured gift these wedding albums are! I enjoy the pictures of the animals in your area – they make me think I should provide an update on our ever expanding Urban Herd πŸ™‚ I am glad that, after such dedicated work, you all dined on takeaway.

  7. A lot of time and effort went into those wedding album’s, how lovely they look.
    What a treat to see the cattle today. Not much to eat by the look of it but a good watering hole.

  8. Wisely the cows are seeking shelter from the sun. I’m quite sure the happy couple are going to be thrilled with your photos.

  9. YAY on the wedding albums! A true sweet labor of love! πŸ™‚
    Ooh, I love seeing the little donkey! πŸ™‚
    I bet Jackie enjoys the take-away food even more than the rest of you! πŸ˜‰ πŸ˜€ No prep, no cooking, no clean up, etc! πŸ™‚
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  10. That photo album is a huge project, and between the two of you, you have cut through it in record time.

    To my eye, that cow and calf are not mistaken identity but weaning in action?

  11. You and Jackie should feel proud. That album is quite an accomplishment!
    I imagine the drive was a pleasant break. I wondered, too, if the cow was weaning her calf.
    It’s funny that the donkeys are tame enough to be petted–that one seemed quite content.

    1. Thank you very much from us both, Merril. Yes, you are right about the need for a break. Weaning is actually a good possibility. The donkeys are always after treats.

  12. The calves are getting big for suckling their moms. Between heat, flies and persistent young, the cows may be getting a bit testy. πŸ™‚ That first insistent calf looks like a bull calf.

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