On the near bank of a narrow inlet in Beaulieu River during an afternoon forest drive we noticed a pair of swans with their well grown cygnets
and preening in the warm sunshine.
Soon they rose awkwardly to their feet,
stretched their wings,
waddled to the edge,
slipped into the water, their natural elegance element,
and trailed across the river
where food and drink were to be found.
While I focussed on these birds, Jackie photographed a distant heron.
This evening we dined on baked gammon; smooth cheese and mustard sauce, creamy mashed potatoes; crunchy carrots; and tender cabbage, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Bordeaux.