Wind Subsided, Rain Persisting

I took advantage of the one brief sunny spell after lunch to admire the completion of the Back Drive clearance outside the Back Drive gate that Martin had continued with during yesterday’s Storm Babet.

This provided us with a really good rear entrance.

On the way there I photographed a few post-storm views. As usual each image in each gallery bears its individual title.

The day was so warm that the waistcoat I wore over my shirt was surplus to requirements.

When I came to collect my camera for a later forest drive, I found that the battery needed charging. This meant that my chauffeuse needed to double as Assistant Photographer, carry her camera, and produce all the following pictures.

From the bridge over the stream under Church Street, Boldre she photographed the stream; an English Longhorn bull in a field; Heywood Mill House; and ivy seeds.

On Pilley Street we encountered the usual group of Shetland ponies.

Mushrooms filled with water at Norleywood, where some of the many rhododendrons were now in bloom, at the same time as blackberries.

The broken tree further along the road must have come down in the slightly less recent storm.

Although the temperature remained warm later this afternoon, increasingly steady rain reached a violent crescendo before we arrived home.

Our grandfamily returned soon after dark from another house hunting trip to Scotland, fortunately having avoided the Red Weather warning due to hit the area.

This evening we all dined on second helpings of yesterday’s baked gammon and macaroni cheese meal with the addition of crunchy carrots; and the same beverages.


  1. YAY for Martin!
    Wonderful photos, Jackie and Derrick!
    I especially love the ponies, the curly-faced bull, and the Super Elfin blooms!
    So glad the grandfamily was safe on their travels and got back home safe.
    (((HUGS))) and ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

  2. Thank goodness that you have such a competent reserve camera person. The rhododendron flower came as a surprise to me. Is it usual to have one out at this time of year?

    1. The rhododendron is just one example of those flowering in the wild. It is most unusual. Thanks a lot, Tootlepedal

  3. Jackie’s photos are lovely. Have you stopped using your phone camera?
    I love the little Shetland doing a great impression of a Belted Galloway, my favourite cattle.

  4. You both take great photos. I especially like the mottled face pony in the 4th galley of photos. I hope the house hunting trip to Scotland, was encouraging for them.

  5. It looks like the storm didn’t do too much damage to your beautiful garden, Derrick.
    That Longhorn bull is pretty … erm… longhorn; kudos to the Assistant Photographer for getting the close-ups.

  6. Some lovely colours among the rhododendrons. It’s surprising perhaps that so many places are grubbing out this invasive species…it’s certainly very attractive.

  7. It’s another new word — and a new food. When I came across ‘gammon,’ I assumed fish. Then, I looked it up. Whoops! It comes from quite a different creature!

    1. Thanks very much, Linda. (It is also a slang term of abuse – and earlier talking rubbish)

  8. I’m sorry to hear about the storm, Derrick. Do you feel they are getting worse? I always enjoy the photos you share of animals and flowers. It’s so nice to have a good clear out, and then to admire the results.

    1. Thank you very much, Alys. We are not so bad, but the rest of the UK are really suffering with dangerous and destructive flooding

  9. These storms leave quite a bit of damage behind. I am glad you have Martin to help you!

    Beautiful photos from both of you, Derrick and Jackie. I especially enjoyed seeing those little Shetlands again. They are full of character.

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