Polishing The Car

On a largely overcast, yet warm, morning Jackie and I took a forest drive during which we brunched at Hockey’s Farm Café.

We seldom see ponies in the woodland flanking Holmsley Passage,

but we spotted these largely buried in ferns today.

It was golfers crossing from one side of the Burley course who stopped the traffic on this occasion.

A number of ponies, one very fetching in her natural necklace and tiara, browsed along Forest Road.

A number of assorted pigs, the last pair polishing our car, had no intention of making it easy to photograph them as they scampered snorting and snuffling in their eagerness to be first on the mast now falling freely. The last two, carefully avoiding the cattle grid entrance to Hockey’s gave our new Hyundai a good polish.

The pair in the first two pictures above kept well ahead of me until they disappeared out of sight, and were not reflected in the stream I was left with.

We didn’t get far down Newtown Lane where we would normally expect to spot porkers, because they had obviously avoided the resurfacing work which caused us to turn back.

A young pony sank into soggy ground at North Gorley, where a duck crossed the road, maybe aiming for the stream behind the horse.

Donkeys, as usual, tried their luck with customers of The Forester’s Arms at Frogham.

Cattle and ponies shared the Abbotswell landscape,

while, at the bottom of the hill a pair of ponies alongside the now very shallow stream feeding the ford, bore their share of flies.

Later this afternoon Ronan and Craig from Tom Sutton Heating replaced the new valve they had fitted last week which turned out to be faulty.

This evening we all dined on delicious sausages and creamy mashed potato, with crispy bacon and fried onions; crunchy carrots; tender broccoli stems, and meaty gravy with which Jackie drank Zesty and I finished the Montepulciano.


  1. Wow, you have so many wonderful critter photos today, Derrick! I like your car color, and dinner sounds delicious! ????????????

  2. Love all the animal pictures. Donkeys are opportunistic feeders. Piggies are providing an extra service. Sounds like a wonderful day. Are you nervous about potential heating problems this winter?

  3. A great selection of your local animal life. I am surprised that the traffic stopped for the golfers, I thought that it was legal to run them down. I trust that your heating will work properly before December comes.

  4. A wonderful assortment of photos–I kept saying this one is my favorite, no this one. I do like the pony’s necklace and tiara.
    And I’m echoing tootlepedal in hoping your heating works properly before it gets cold.

  5. It’s nice to see the pigs having a good time and the beautiful ponies. I love the necklace and tiara. I hope your heater works well this winter and for many years to come.

  6. Your gorgeous photo of the pony in her natural necklace and tiara captured my attention and imagination … and filed into my ‘Derrick Photos’ …

  7. Pigs polishing your new car! A pony wearing a tiara! Donkeys being darling! Duck crossing the road! (So glad Duck’s foot didn’t get caught in a quack!) What a great photo-op day! 🙂
    After I bowed in honor of that pony…I had to have a good laugh! HA!
    Sausage for supper…Oh, my!
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  8. These are refreshing photos of the now familiar characters of the pastures near your home. The mugshot of the pony with necklace and tiara is very attractive.

    Congratulations on your new car. Beware of the polishers though.

  9. Your photos of the animals in the lovely scenic settings are beautiful, Derrick. That was very kind of the pigs to polish your new car.

  10. It won’t be long before the ponies start growing their winter coats again. I love the pigs, and that is a nice representation of Gloucesters among the animals for the day. The pg polisher is a nice catch. Bumper to bumper with a Gloucester Old Spot! 🙂

  11. So glad I am catching up on my WP reading. I would not have wanted to miss that ” one very fetching [horse] in her natural necklace and tiara” !! What fun!!

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