Part of Mum’s deal at Woodpeckers Care home is that she can entertain guests to lunch once a week.
Elizabeth, Jackie, and I were her visitors today. My meal was Cajun chicken with Lyonnaise potatoes, carrots, and curly kale; the others opted for gammon. Mum chose stewed apricots with ice cream for dessert; the rest of us enjoyed plum crumble. We were served in our own quiet room. Service was friendly and efficient. The food was very good.
Afterwards, Jackie and I took a trip around the forest.
It is not unusual to see requests for information about hit and run accidents involving ponies. This, featuring a Shetland on the road to Beaulieu, was one of two we passed today.
Although much of it has been cut back by now, blackthorn has proliferated in the hedgerows for several weeks now.
As we rounded a bend on approaching East End we were struck by this fortuitous juxtaposition of maple and photinia.
Nearby one of a group of basking cattle suckled her calf which was enjoying its own lunchtime.
Donkeys were hard at work trimming the village’s hedgerows.
More cattle were serving themselves to lunch from the verges of Tanners Lane.
Beside Sowley Lane a flamboyant cock pheasant flashed across the road and fled beneath barbed wire fencing.
Another merged into hay stalks among scavenging crows beside a field of rape, many of which
are beginning to slash the landscape with sunlight.
More of the more colourful birds foraged in
this historic field with its
views across The Solent to the Isle of Wight.
This evening we dined on spicy Diablo pizza with plentiful fresh salad. Jackie drank more of the Sauvignon Blanc and I enjoyed Maipo Valley Carménere 2016 from the Majestic Definition range.