After lunch today, with, as usual, SueW’s help, I recovered the pictures to the following posts:
This afternoon Jackie and I took a forest drive.
When I photographed these grasses in and the log teepee beside a section of Hatchet Pond that I had often photographed before I had not realised that I was about to learn that this was known as Little Hatchet.
Approaching a larger area of the lake I noticed sky borne evidence that a woman was tossing food for gulls
and a pair of swans who she told me were Norman and Nancy, who normally had their home in Little Hatchet, where Flo and I had photographed them with their cygnets on 27th May.
Each year they chased the other Cygnus family away from this section, where I had photographed them before Christmas, and took possession of the spot in case they would like to move home.
We drove on to Furzey Lane where Jackie noticed, and photographed, that the thatcher’s donkey on a rooftop had provided even more material for nesting birds.
She also focused on the landscape into which the avians had probably carried their stolen straw.
Nearby stands the Furzey Lodge Pound, which we have never before seen occupied.
Today there were three residents.
This evening we all dined on perfect pork chops with mustard sauce and almond topping; sautéed new potatoes and leeks; roast sweet potatoes and mushrooms; crunchy carrots, and tender green beans, with tasty gravy. I drank more of Gran Selone and no-one else did.
Thank you for doing all this work.
Much appreciated, GP
I agree with GP, thank you for the recovered posts and today’s post, Derrick! Great animal photos. ❤️??❤️
Thanks very much, John
Beautiful photos. I particularly like the woman feeding the gulls.
That is so interesting about the swans–to have that pair and their behavior identified.
Is the pound where captured horses are taken?
Thanks very much, Merril. I imagine these are lost and waiting to be found. They are all owned but free and usually stay in their familiar areas
You’re welcome, Derrick.
Thank you for the explanation.
Beautiful photos from your day.
Thank you very much, Andy
Interesting post. Educational.
Thanks very much, Chrissy
Every time I see ponies close together in an enclosure, I’m reminded of Willam Faulkner’s novella Spotted Horses. The photo at the top of this post is my favorite for composition. Jackie’s sunset with fence is my favorite for beauty.
Thank you so much, Liz – from us both. I don’t know that Faulkner work
You’re welcome, Derrick. Spotted Horses is another of his books featuring the crass and coniving Snopes family.
What is the purpose of the donkey atop the roof? Is it meant to scare off birds that otherwise would attempt to carry off the thatch?
It is the thatcher’s trademark. Some buy them from specialist firms. Thanks very much, Linda
Picture 3 is a rather sinister silhouette. It looks like you’ve captured the local werewolf on film!
Well spotted, John. Thanks very much
Couldn’t comment on your old post Derrick. I am glad though that I’ve been able to read them?
Thanks very much, Arlene
Splendid pictures all round today. Very good work on the gulls.
Thank you very much, Tootlepedal
Why the horses in the pound? I thought all the ponies in the area were tagged by their owners, I wonder what happened …
The ponies are not tagged, but generally stay in their own area. I imagine these have got themselves lost, Ivor. Thanks a lot
Thanks for that Derrick
Creative title!!! 🙂 Wonderful fascinating photos! I especially love Jackie’s photo-offerings! 🙂
Also, wowza on the birds in action, the teepee, and oh, those equine eyes! 🙂
Why do ponies have to be pound-ed?!
(((HUGS))) 🙂 ❤️
Thank you very much from us both, Carolyn. I’m pleased the title worked. I imagine the pound works like a dog pound – a place for lost animals while owners are sought. X
Ah! Okay. I wondered if it was that. Hope their owners are found soon! 🙂 ❤️
I like the bird photos best, I do not tire of them, thank you Derrick
Much appreciated, Sylvie
Your pictures are amazing! I especially like the donkey on the rooftop.
Thank you very much from us both, Diane
Gorgeous photos, Derrick! I love seeing the swans.
Thank you so much, Jill
Beautiful swans and shaggy ponies! I’ve never seen anything like the thatcher’s donkey on the rooftop. I have seen teepee like structures in parks and forests, though did not realize they were for wildlife. Fairies might also use them in a pinch. 🙂
For fairies, too, I’m sure. Thank you very much, JoAnna
Thanks very much, Val X
The title is explained! I was thinking that was quite a deal for three ponies.
Thanks very much, Laurie. I’m pleased the title worked
I love the forest drive photos with all the furry and feathered residents, Derrick. The thatcher’s donkey was a nice catch, Jackie!
Why were the three ponies impounded? I am missing something here.
Thanks very much, from us both, Lavinia. I imagine the pound works like a dog pound – a place for lost animals while owners are sought.
What an interesting outing. I love the pony images.
I do hope someone replaces the straw in the thatched donkey, these creations are fascinating to see. I can understand why netting is applied atop of thatched roofs.
Thank you very much, Sue. I thought you might be interested to know that my own posts now appear on my reader.
That is such good news, Derrick.
We’re almost there aren’t we, and then what will we do for technical challenges to tax our brains?
Glorious photos. I love the photos of the swans.
Thank you very much, Eugi
Most welcome, Derrick.
So many interesting bits in this post. I’m glad the photos were recovered. I think I like the pics of the seagulls best because of the way the light is hitting them. And the swans too. And all the new things you saw and learned. I would have helped you with the Gran Selone. ;o)
Thank you so much, Crystal. I’m pleased you liked the light on the gulls.
Glad you’re managing to recover all your wonderful photos
Thank you so much, Sheree
Hi Derrick – I really loved the up views, the swans and shaggy ponies (like other readers) and the eyes in some of the photos were staring right at us
Thanks very much, Yvette
I’m glad you are recovering your photos! Clever birds! They found the perfect place to make their nest ?
The ponies sure look contented in the sun.
Also that pork chop recipe sounds delicious
Thanks very much, Rose
Derrick, could you explain why this place is called Pound? I even Googled it and found no explanation. To us here a pound is where feral animals are taken to be “put to sleep,” as they call it.
It is the same for us – hopefully awaiting owners to claim them
Thanks very much, Dolly