A Roll In The Leaves

On another sunny, bright, and cold day a brisk morning foray into a garden somewhat

iced up, as on the surface of this water-filled trug,

revealed our model pig celebrating his escape from crushing by the recently fallen tree by casting his shadows across the patio paving.

On the rooftop, the jackdaws are vociferously laying their customary claim to nesting rights in the disused chimney pots.

This afternoon we took a forest drive to Bisterne Close and back.

The decorated post box in Wootton Road now celebrates New Year.

The water-filled woodland as we turn into the close reflected the low sun peering through the trees.

The woodland floor is now dry enough to crackle the leaves, yet still fresh enough for mossy roots.

Ponies wandered freely;

one enjoyed a roll in the leaves, rising in the usually ungainly fashion and wandering off, oblivious of the coat of leaves it now wore.

I spotted Jackie photographing the woodland some distance off and only later realised that she was intrigued by wondering how this hollowed trunk could remain standing.

More sunlight reflections bounced from the icy surface of the close’s seasonal pool.

This evening we all dined on Jackie’s tasty beef pie; boiled new potatoes; crunchy carrots; firm cauliflower and broccoli, and thick, meaty, gravy with which the Culinary Queen finished the Spanish rosado and I drank Carménère Reserva Privada 2022


  1. Love that green moss on the base of the tree. It really pops! The horses are lovely and that last photo is just beautiful.

  2. Oh boy, dinner sounds so delicious! I would love to try Jackie’s food! The ponies are so cute and I love how someone is always changing the decorations on the post box. ❤️????????????

  3. Love the anonymous crocheter. Marvelous 3-D renderings. When I first read your title, I thought you had gotten healthy enough to feel frisky. Photos are marvelous and I’m ready to pull up a seat at dinner. I’ll bring some wine. 😉

  4. At first I thought the pig on the patio was real! I really like Jackie’s second hollow tree photo. She’s captured its sculptural quality. I also really like the last photo. The reflection of light drew me in.

  5. The piggy and his shadow are cute! 🙂
    All your photos today are wonderful! The pony portraits are spectacular! Love the leaf-coat! 🙂
    Ha! Your title captured me in. I wondered who was rolling in the leaves! (wink, wink) Here we could roll in the snow today. 🙂
    (((HUGS))) ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

    1. I hoped you would like the almost monochrome nature of that one, Dolly. Thanks very much

  6. ‘Ponies in woodland 1’ was my favourite of the day. We have some hollow trees like the one that Jackie spotted and whihc are still flourishing. They defy common sense by remaining upright.

    1. Thank you very much, Tootlepedal. Your favourite picture was snatched as I entered the woodland – I was lucky to get it in focus

  7. So many wonderful photos. It’s great you’re feeling better and the weather cooperated. I particularly like the header, the last photo, and “the Jackie series.” 🙂

  8. What a fabulous selection of Forest life. I loved the way you were being watched.
    And I half expected to see an unborn baby in the last image. It reminded me of the many baby scans that have come my way over the years. 🙂

  9. Apart from the gradually lengthening days, it is excellent to learn that you have obviously felt up to an outing. It is good to see your ponies and scenery again.

  10. I look forward to reading about your yummy meals! (It inspires me to think a bit harder about what I should make for myself. Fixing meals for one, it is too easy to make too much food, leading to two, three days of the same thing or putting leftovers in the freezer, where they end up forgotten till I end up putting them in the trash.)

      1. Those tend to be some of the best meals! I like reconfiguring leftovers into something new myself since I tend to get tired of the same thing after two times.

  11. It looks like a beautiful day for a forest drive, Derrick and Jackie. The ponies look woolly and content foraging in the winter sun.

    I am glad the model pig was unscathed. These storms coming through are something! We lost Internet and phone in yesterday’s storm and finally got it back tonight.

    1. Thanks very much from us both, Lavinia. I am pleased you got your power back. One blessing for us is that we have kept ours throughout.

      1. It went out again until Wednesday late afternoon, and we had a prolonged internet outage and reduced cellular service that did not resolve until Thursday morning. I am slowly catching up.

  12. Love the photos as usual Derrick but I Iike that New Year offering atop that post box, look at that piggy freely wandering too.

  13. Oh.. what a lovely post, I love the ponies wandering freely and the light shining through the branches and on the surface of the water! And I think I learned a new word, jackdaw.. I for one called them crows, but happy now I know this new name for them too, a smaller type of crow, if I got it right 🙂 I used to photograph them all the time on the rooftop of a block of flats next to my window and in the trees next to my balcony, your photos with them against the blue sky are great!

  14. The hollow tree trunk looks wonderfully eerie and love how the ponies roam freely – the white one looks almost mystical from a distance! The inventive crocheter has caught the start of the year beautifully!

  15. I’ve missed some of your posts while in this CA road-trip. God to be enjoying your scenes again. You & Jackie do such a good job sharing your gorgeous area. Today I especially liked the sunlight reflections bouncing from the icy surface of the close’s seasonal pool. And of course the ponies. Always love them. Thanks for your faithful sharing!!

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