Pecking Up Ticks

This morning I exchanged e-mails with Ivor in Geelong, with whom I am collaborating on his next poetry anthology, see

This afternoon Jackie drove us all to Helen and Bill’s at Fordingbridge where we enjoyed introducing Dillon to his aunt by marriage, and a little later to John who had called in on his mother.

Later we dined at The Lamb Inn in Nomansland.

As Dillon explained, a trio of Guinea Fowl were occupied in the clearing ticks from the green in front of the pub.

In the pub garden Jackie and Flo chose well filled burgers, chips, and slaw for their main meal, followed by Eton mess and Brownie with ice cream respectively; Dillon and I both selected succulent steak and ale pie with very flavoursome carrots and cauliflower, and tender garden peas. Jackie and Dillon both drank Inch’s medium cider, Flo drank J2O, and I drank Doom Bar.

The sun was setting as we left for home.

Published by derrickjknight

I am an octogenarian enjoying rambling physically and photographing what I see, and rambling in my head as memories are triggered. I also ramble through a lifetime's photographs. In these later years much rambling is done in a car.

51 thoughts on “Pecking Up Ticks

  1. Oh! I’m excited about the collaboration of Ivor’s amazing poems and your amazing photos! 🙂
    So happy for the wonderful day for Dillon with all of you! And a beautiful setting to eat and share conversation. Ending with a gorgeous sunset!
    The guinea fowl are pretty and so helpful dining on ticks! 😉 BTW: Your family’s dinners sound so delicious! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  2. Exciting news about your collaboration on a book of poetry!
    That pub garden looks like a delightful place to dine.
    Here we have to worry about ticks. Someone my husband knows has been quite ill from Lyme disease from a tick bite.

  3. How lovely to see guinea fowls, even though they appear to be losing their natural colour. The ticks will be good for them. The setting of the pub is very attractive and your parting shot is beautiful.

  4. That looks like a beautiful, pleasant place to have dinner! I like the sundown photo, too. The sun’s last light of the evening is usually a gorgeous show of molten color.

  5. I think this may be the first time you have featured Guinea Fowl. Odd looking creatures!
    If there are ticks about, then be very wary of them The whole of Britain is now known to be infected and they may carry Lyme’s disease which is serious. The NHS recommends “covering your skin when you’re outdoors, staying on footpaths and using insect repellent.”

  6. Guineas can perform another function; they make fine watch animals. My maternal grandparents had them on their farm, and my mother’s stories were quite amusing. There’s a place on Galveston Island where they roam, too, and they certainly can put up a racket when they decide their territory’s been violated.

  7. What a beautiful pub garden. No doubt created with lots of love and effort.
    I always wear my wellies when walking in the long grass, a tick bite is not pleasant. I remember one of our dogs being quite poorly from one.

    The Guinea Fowl reminded me of our hens pecking about looking for worms and insects in the ground.

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