Left To The Reader’s Imagination

After shopping at Tesco Jackie and I took a short forest drive.

It was not our normal equine herd that came steadily clopping along the tarmac, some swifter-thudding to catch up on the verge of the otherwise silent St Leonard’s Road beneath the late morning pearl-grey empyrean pall draped overhead.

This was a longer string and, like the taxi driver edging past, clearly on a mission. Soon after the bend ahead of the cab a quintuple convoy of cars approached from the opposite direction. I was tempted once more to disembark to see what the drivers would make of what lay ahead of them – not that much, though – I thought I would leave it to the reader’s imagination.

Dillon and Flo spent another lengthy time weeding and pruning in the garden this afternoon.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s wholesome cottage pie; crunchy carrots ; and firm broccoli, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank San Vincente Reserva Chianti 2019.


  1. I would love to live in a place with quick access to a forest drive and to see all those animals up close. Itโ€™s a lovely way to spend part of a day.

    1. They probably did, especially if they were local. Thanks very much, Tootlepedal

  2. I love that you have so many horses around that you recognize that this wasn’t the usual herd you see. I really like that grey/light brown foal.

  3. That’s very handsome horse in the header photo! I love this description of the sky: ” . . . beneath the late morning pearl-grey empyrean pall draped overhead.”

  4. You are so poetic, Derrick, with your pale grey empyrean pall. I enjoyed seeing the determined ponies and the fuzzy grey foal.

  5. What a beautiful group of ponies. I hope the tourists take more care than the drivers that drive up and down my lane.

  6. My faves of these photos are the pony patooties from behind! HA!
    Maybe the ponies are the beginning of a haylarious joke…”A string of ponies walk into a bar…” HA!
    So nice to have helpers like Flo and Dillon!

  7. Whenever I see your lovely photographs of all those wonderful horses, I always wonder about the road safety angle. Are there ever any serious accidents or do both sides tend to rub along together OK?

    1. Sadly there are animal deaths sometimes in 3 figures, John. Thank you very much

  8. It seems quite amazing that you still have sightings like this in England which is such a modern country. We see animals on the roads in our rural areas but South Africa is still quite undeveloped in a lot of areas.

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