This afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest.
Ponies on the verge of Wootton Road were plagued by flies on this hot and humid day following 48 overcast hours of intermittent rain which encouraged some greening of the grass on the common,
where blackberries were looking plumper, as ponies gathered round the trough, the history of which is told in readers’ comments on https://derrickjknight.com/2013/02/27/why-did-the-chicken-cross-the-road/
By the time I had walked across to the drinking water the adult equines had turned to grazing and left one foal slaking its thirst.
Bracken in the woodland along Bisterne Close had perked up, while ponies were clustered together in the shade. There was, however, no escape from the airborne flies.
Shallow puddles of water which drew thirsty drinkers beside Holmsley Passage.
In this oppressive weather ponies need water, shade, and relief from flies. Perhaps they will consider that two out of three is not bad.
Jackie also photographed acorns ready to fall, suggesting pannage – allowing pigs to vacuum them up – may start early.
I had a helpful e-mail from the Happiness Engineers explaining that I have used up my quota of space because of the number and size of my images. I was sent a link to how to optimise these, and tried it out on this post. This involved downloading ImagOptim and giving it a go. Now I don’t know how to check whether it has worked. I’ll sleep on it.
This evening we dined on build your own burgers, with fried onions and egg (as cooked by Jackie); crisp oven chips, and plentiful fresh salad, with which we repeated yesterday’s beverages.