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Because of the upcoming bank holiday weekend it will be a few days before I am able to upload more pictures.

I am therefore unable to attach new ones to the text of our forest drive of 25th, so I am substituting similarish images from my archives.

After a night of what I call proper rain – that is, steady non-violent precipitation rather than weighty plops dropped at sudden intervals and bouncing off baked soil surfaces to sizzle in the scorching heat –

shallow pools were beginning to return to the moorland

and potholed gravel drives.

Shallow streams began to ripple once more,

and the landscape began to brighten.

Ponies could once again be reflected beside pools,

although this one at the western East Boldre corner of St Leonards Road, often, in wetter periods providing ponies with gazpacho soup, remained no more than a slight puddle before a bank of gorse and bracken.

A pair of donkeys seen regularly on Sowley Road

sporting patterns of hide as wet as those of these ponies a year ago,

noisily munched

apples dropped from a tree above. (OK, the donkeys pictured are eating carrots, but we have to use materials available to us).

Kayakers were observed on Lymington River as we waited for the level crossing into the town.

This evening we dined on succulent chicken marinaded in mango and chilli sauce and Jackie’s superb savoury rice, with which she drank Hoegaarden, I drank Calvet Prestige Côtes du Rhône Villages 2021, and Flo and Dillon drank fruit cordial. This was what had been in the process of being cooked when yesterday’s outage hit. This had been caused by a skein of geese flying into power cable which exploded in protest.


  1. I’m glad you’ve had some steady rain and illustrative photos in your archive. I’m sorry the WP problems are continuing.
    Those poor geese! We once had a power outage because of a squirrel.

  2. I’m assuming the power lines took out the poor geese!
    Life was so much easier for geese in the good old days before we moved on from gas lights!

  3. Poor geese! And it’s not fun to be without power. 🙁
    Lovely photos! The donkeys always bring me joy! 🙂
    The pony reflection and shadow photos are always great! 🙂
    So sorry the WP problems are ongoing. 🙁
    (((HUGS))) ❤️

  4. I don’t know which WP plan you have subscribed to, but it’s cruel nor be able to relish your newly taken photos. The proxy images have served their purpose brilliantly however, and they’re adorable as ever. Hope the impasse is resolved soon.

  5. Wow! A skein of geese flying into power cable which exploded in protest? Never heard of such a thing before!! Glad it got fixed so you could salvage and complete the dinner started yesterday! By the way, you did a great job producing similar photos to those you would have posted from your outing. So glad you finally got “proper rain!”

  6. Could do with the wet stuff here in Spain, urgently, Derrick! Trouble is Ma Nature doesn’t know too much about ‘even distribution!’ (Your chicken dish sounded good…) Cheers.

  7. Somehow the comments are not working again…
    …therefore you don’t see my picture. 🙂
    Excellent series. I really like the somewhat autumn-like landscape and the donkeys. (I have a thing for donkeys 🙂 )

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