Foal Season

After an early shop at Tesco, Jackie and I took a forest drive.

What had recently been a quagmire of sunken hoof prints had hardened on moorland alongside Tiptoe Road to make walking across to photograph ponies and foals a somewhat precarious exercise.

Here are the dams and foals that drew me. Fortunately I stayed on my feet and didn’t twist my ankle.

The letter box outside Post Box Cottage on Wootton Road now celebrates foal season.

This very hot afternoon I converted from Classic to Block edits, recategorising all to Garden the following five posts from our early days of tackling the jungle:

This evening we dined on Jackie’s classic steak and onion shortcrust pie with boiled new potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm Brussels sprouts and cauliflower, with meaty gravy. The Culinary Queen drank Diet Pepsi, I finished the Bordeaux, and Flo and Ellie drank water.


  1. A great group of posts from the archives.
    Do you still have no idea who decorates the mail boxes?

    1. Thanks very much, GP. The decorator at Pilley wishes to remain anonymous. The Wootton Road one is a local group

  2. Spring brings renewal, new growth from all things nature…so adding to animals is sure to put a spring in your step. As for the “letterbox foal”, the maker must be always busy…

  3. Gosh, Derrick you take care walking across those fields with your camera! I enjoy the fruits of your labours though.

  4. Derrick, I love the enthusiasm with which you tackle the gardens and the meadows and the ponies and the donkeys. I salute you.

    1. I have noticed that you don’t like it. Obviously we do. Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal

  5. Tip toe Road, I love the road names in your area, Derrick! Whoever is decorating the post boxes does a great job, so cute. ????????????

  6. I like the letterbox decorations, especially the foal season ones! As for the foals themselves, those little bodies are beginning to fill out and catch up with those long legs.

  7. I am a big fan of Fuchsias Derrick, so I adored your new Fuchsia article, and the knitted foal on the letter box outside Post Box Cottage on Wootton Road is fabulous …

  8. Your mailbox decorator is a whiz at her/his craft. This is one of the best ever — I wonder if the person would accept a commission? She needs to provide a replica of one of your roses!

  9. Thank goodness your ankles survived the trek to capture such lovely images of the foals and their mothers. I just love the letterbox crochet foal, too!

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