Hale Purlieu And Godshill

Yesterday having been Bill’s 90th Birthday, Helen hosted open house today, so, carrying gifts, Jackie and I visited for a short time in the afternoon where we also met John, Stephanie, Billy, Max, and Rory; David and Jenny; and, briefly, Rachel. Helen provided plentiful snacks and a variety of beverages.

We retuned home through the forest via Hale, where cattle were in the

process of leaving the green and following walkers down the rocky sward of the hill.

Further on along the Purlieu ponies on the march rustled and thudded

in the woodland, or, with frisky foals, clopped along the tarmac flanked by mossy roots on raised banks and sculptural piles of similarly greened logs.

On the approach to Godshill we encountered another mare and foal. Note the wooden posts intended to deter drivers from parking on the verges.

We arrived home in time to see the last set of the Wimbledon Men’s tennis final between Carlos Alcaraz and Novak Djokavic.

Then we all dined on Jackie’s lemon chicken and savoury rice with which she drank Hoegaarden and I drank Passamano Frappato Syrah 2021.


  1. I just missed the men’s finals. Tuned in when the amazing 20-yr-old winner was raising his trophy to the crowd. I was glad the broadcasters reviewed some of the best footage! Your photo of the mare with foal at the roadside is amazing! What a beautiful set of scenes you shared! Thank you, {{{Derrick}}}

    1. We did. I had to tear myself away from the TV to go to the open day. Thanks very much, Sheree

  2. Sounds like a lovely day. I love vicariously through your forest drives. Ours aren’t bad in rural Virginia but all of your animals are special. In another month or two, my favorite pretty porkers will be foraging for acorns.

    1. Thank you very much, Liz. I’m pleased, because I thought the tree gave it context and emphasised they were on the move

    1. He does – although last year they told him he had terminal cancer until they discovered it was a mistake.

      1. What? Oh, that is dreadful!
        You and I both know what an awful impact that has on loved ones. I’m so glad it was a mistake.

  3. Lemon chicken and rice – perfect! There is a small town in Michigan, my home state that is named Hale. We used to use the town as a base for our dirt bike riding years ago.

  4. The jumping foal made me smile Derrick …
    “Jumping For Joy” (a Haiku)

    Young exuberance
    Prancing about joyfully
    Knowingly, I smile

  5. Your last three photographs show very well the almost extraordinary length of a foal’s legs.Mum must be very difficult to keep up with!

  6. Happy Birthday to Bill! 90! YAY! I wish him good health and continued joy in life!
    Lovely photos of the cattle and ponies! Bovine and Equine! Divine!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  7. Lemony chicken sounds perfect for tomorrow’s supper accompanied by many of the fresh vegetables from our farm share. Thanks for the idea.

  8. Wishing Bill a Happy 90th birthday!

    I love seeing the ponies, especially those growing foals with their long legs! Lemon chicken and savory rice sounds like a nice finish to the day. Best to you and Jackie, Derrick.

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