A Breakaway Group

This morning Jackie and I transported three blag bags of plastic plant pots to the Otter Nurseries recycling point, after which we continued on a forest drive.

Daffodils like these on a bank outside a fence on Church Lane are piercing the soil,

while pendulously arched snowdrops ascend another bank outside a garden at Pilley, alongside which

string of determined Shetland ponies make their way to their favourite foraging spot. We had not seen these four here before, which is why, when we reached Bull Hill, Jackie observed that they were a breakaway group from

the more usual occupants of the moorlands at the top.

This afternoon I watched the Six Nations rugby matches between France and Ireland, and between Scotland and Wales.

For dinner this evening Jackie provided moist cheese centred fish cakes; creamy mashed potatoes; a tasty melange of tomatoes, leeks, onions, and garlic; firm broccoli, carrots, and peas; with a piquant cheese sauce. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden, and I drank more of the Frappato-Syrah.


  1. There’s something rather sad about this group of ponies — or is it just that thiir legs are so short, which I had not noticed before?!

    1. You may have picked something up, Janet. They were all rather isolated from each other. Thanks very much

  2. I love those Shetland Ponies, so cute! Your desription of Jackie’s cooking makes me think of boarding a flight to the UK just to sample her cooking! (invites self over haha!) ???☺️

  3. Hi Derrick – we’ve hardly had winter here this year and today I noticed some crocuses popping up! I’ve seen some daffodils at the library too. Hope you are doing well. 🙂

  4. AW!!!! The Shetland ponies are always a joy to see! Such cuties! 🙂
    OH!!!! The flowers are so beautiful…popping up to cheer us! 🙂
    (((HUGS))) 🙂 ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  5. You had some fun with alliteration at the start of the day. ? The Shetland ponies do look very sturdy. I looked them up–they were bred to be workhorses in the Shetland Isles going back to prehistoric times.

    It is definitely looking like spring in your part of the world. We have lots of crocuses, which I thought was early for February.

  6. I see I’m not the only one that adores these ponies. Looks like a few have eaten a bit too much or already pregnant?

  7. So lovely to see the snowdrops appearing, mine are appearing first next to the bins.
    I wonder if one or two of the shetlands are pregnant.
    Supper sounds delicious.

  8. The sturdy ponies, of course, caught my attention, but I also noticed how you were able to recycle plastic pots. Alas, we cannot do that here, and I am very envious.

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