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The ground may still be wet, but at least the rain had ceased today.
Martin was able to make progress on widening the step in front of the French windows, and
planning the layout of the paving, some of which he will cut to shape and size.
Jackie and I took a short drive into the forest where there was little sign of wild life.
Field horses were mostly sporting muddy rugs as
they sloshed around like these two at their gate.
Trees rooted in scooped out basins beside Beaulieu Road stand in rippling, reflecting, pools as is customary for them in rainy seasons.
This evening we dined on a choice of tasty penne Bolognese or beef casserole, with firm broccoli and tender green beans. Jackie and I chose the Bolognese, Becky enjoyed a bit of both, Flo and Dillon will take theirs later. The Culinary Queen and our daughter drank Buck’s Fizz while I drank Calvet Prestige Côtes du Rhône Villages 2021, given to me for Christmas by Martin.
Our January rains are here and the though it hasn’t been an overly hot summer, the rain has been much appreciated.
The little jobs and improvements around the house can make a huge improvement. Not just to the look but safety too.
After having a tooth pulled I’ll be drinking my food this evening through a straw this evening. I like Jackie’s choices better than my warm soup and warm soup. 🙂
Thanks very much, Chrissy. I’m sorry about your tooth. Safety was a factor in having the patio levelled.
I’m not surprised the animals were taking shelter
Thanks very much, Sheree
Martin is doing a fine job, and it will be nice to see the finished work.
The old dark-limbed tree and reflecting pool is beautiful. We are getting some wild, windy weather up here this afternoon.
Thank you very much, Lavinia
A forest drive, work done by the estimable Martin, delicious dinner, and a Cotes du Rhone (never had a bad one), sounds like a wonderful day.
Thanks very much, Pat. Côtes du Rhône is always reliable
YAY for Martin and all his good hard work!
Glad the horses have their raincoats on. 😀
The photos of trees reflecting in the pools are spectacular!
Thank you very much, Carolyn X
Some beautiful puictures there, especially the “rippling, reflecting, pools”. Strangely, they reminded me of the opening of the film “Great Expectations” from the years after WW2.
Thank you very much, John. I don’t know that film
I love that huge old tree, if only it could talk, the tales it could tell!
Thank you very much, John
I love that first photo of the tree with reflection. The tree has such visually interesting branches as they spread wide.
Thank you so much, Liz
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Martin makes a good job ( and the photographer too)
The tree and the pond make a great landscape
Thank you very much, friend Michel
The tree photos are intriguing, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Ivor
I copied them into the “Derrick file”
I recognize that kneeling pad that Martin’s using. I notice that he has an ‘analog level,’ too. No need to mess with a level app when the real thing’s so handy.
Thanks very much, Linda
These tree reflections are especially beautiful in their magnificence. It’s nice to see Martin smiling while he works.
Thanks very much, JoAnna. He is a good smiler
Too much water for the animals! But at least Martin was able to work.
Thanks very much, Laurie
I was able to access your new blog for a few days and then it disappeared. I entered my email in your gravatar page and was informed I was already subscribed. I obtained your link from Ivor. Hopefully, I am following your new blog now.
I do hope so, Eugi. Thank you very much
I was able to access your site today via the link Ivor gave me.
That is good
I love the tree reflections Derrick!!
Thanks very much, Aletta
where are your wildlife sheltering
Reflections in water often turn up something interesting. And one of yours did!
The second tree image following on from the horses looks as though the tree is standing in the water on bent knees! If this was a video clip I’d expect it to walk off in comedy fashion!
Just to let you know – your posts are still not showing up in my Reader!
Happy New Year to you and Jackie
Martin is a treasure–wonderful, careful work and a gift of wine! ?
The tree with its reflection is beautiful. I agree with the comment above about the tales it could tell.
Thank you so much, Merril
Wonderful reflections to reflect upon Derrick.
Thanks very much, Sherry
I finally found your site! But this is not your new one, is it?
Yes, it is under new management. Thank you for persevering, Dwight
You are welcome!
So good to catch up with you again Derrick. I had to re-follow you, and hope I receive notifications again. ?
So do I, Val. Thank you for your perseverance
You’ve captured the reflections so beautiful!
Thank you very much, Ribana