The Garden And Tanners Lane

This is the view that, a couple of days ago, prompted me to wander round the garden with a camera. By the time I got around to it the sun had fled along with its shadows.

So I had another go this morning.

In particular I was keen to capture such blossom as had survived last week’s gales. These include the towering Amanogawa cherry; a more normal pink one; and burgeoning crab apple.

After lunch Jackie and I took a forest drive where there was not much

sign of life until we came across a trio of somnolent donkeys adorning the verge of Tanners Lane.

All bore small patches of skin exposed from torn tufts of hide;

one carried a cross upon its back.

I wandered a little further down the lane, photographing

blackthorn and

bluebells on a bank beneath a tree from which emanated sweet birdsong, the ambience being somewhat soured by the oppressive pong of muck spreading.

The most awake donkey ambled down to join me in the shade.

This evening we all dined on moist roast chicken; flavoursome pork and apple sausages; crisp roast potatoes and Yorkshire pudding; soft cabbage; crunchy carrots; firm cauliflower and Brussels sprouts, and tasty gravy, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the Côte’s du Rhône.


  1. We were on holiday in Skegness many years ago when the man in charge of the donkeys on the beach told us that all donkeys have a cross like that to mark the fact that Jesus was carried into Jerusalem on the back of a donkey. He told us to find one that hadn’t got a cross and certainly, I never have.

  2. Your garden is flourishing, an enjoyable trip down the garden path. We had a housesit in Spain where one of our chargers was a donkey, I had a few good conversations at feeding time/

  3. Your table and chairs are sporting one of my favorite colors. It’s a good choice for your garden — not so brash as the primary colors that often are favored here.

  4. YAY the donkeys! ❤️❤️❤️ “Live like someone left the gate open! 🙂
    All beautiful photos of your garden and your forest drive!
    In your garden I loved seeing the sun and shadows creating art!
    Plus Martin’s recent work, over the past 2 months, looks lovely! Especially the welcoming patio! What a lovely place to sit and enjoy so many things.
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

  5. I’m so glad you were “keen to capture such blossom as had survived last week’s gales.” I really enjoyed your views of the garden. And of course, the donkeys always amuse me! I remember them up close and personal. Thank you for sharing your lovely views!

  6. Your outside table and chairs look an inviting place to sit and contemplate the garden … we have donkeys all over town, so it was fun seeing yours.

  7. I very much enjoyed this sunny garden walk and forest drive, Derrick and Jackie. I love the potted tulips on the table, too! Our fruit trees have buds, and I am hoping for some blooms next week, weather depending.

    The donkeys look sweet and shaggy with their winter coats, enjoying the sunshine, too. Best to both of you, and thank you so much for sharing your lives and beautiful countryside with readers.

    1. No. We are not as industrious as you in that respect. We save it for the blackbirds. Thanks very much, Tootlepedal

  8. The garden is looking lovely, and I like the extended patio. I hope Ellie is making good use of it and enjoying her naps in the warm spring air. Weather permitting of course.

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