Too Close

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/24/a-knights-tale-141-why-i-bought-no-3-rue-saint-jacques/ After lunch Jackie and I took a forest drive through Beachern Wood to Ober Corner where ponies and their foals rested in the still overcast and humid atmosphere. One suckler was welcomed – anther was given a clear message that he was getting too close. I walked through the woodlandContinue reading “Too Close”

Around The Quayside

After lunch today I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/06/21/a-knights-tale-139-i-hope-that-wasnt-too-patronising/ Later, Becky drove Jackie, Flo, and me to Lymington where our daughter and granddaughter browsed in the High Street while Jackie and I remained quayside – Jackie in The Ship Inn and me wandering about with my camera. I will let my pictures speak for themselves. Becky collected usContinue reading “Around The Quayside”

A Surfeit Of Foals

This afternoon Jackie drove me into the forest. She spotted a possibly sleeping foal on the verge of Wilverley Road and parked the car so I could walk back to find the prone animal. As I reached it it clambered to its feet and sought the comfort of its mother who twitched her tail, perhapsContinue reading “A Surfeit Of Foals”

Sleeping List

This morning I posted https://derrickjknight.com/2022/05/11/a-knights-tale-132-awaiting-the-arrival/ While streaking rain of varying velocity pelted upon us all afternoon, Jackie drove Flo and me to Lyndhurst where our granddaughter bought a selection of craft materials. On our return home we diverted into woodland around Brockenhurst. An egret in Highland Water flew off just after I took this shot.Continue reading “Sleeping List”

Across The Stream

On this overcast, somewhat warmer afternoon Jackie drove me to Puttles Bridge and back. From the carpark I crunched among the dropped pine cones and dried autumn leaves; thudded along the beaten track; slalomed around fallen, decaying, branches and tree trunks; and gingerly stepped over exposed, sometimes mossy, interwoven roots, alongside the still, silent, reflectingContinue reading “Across The Stream”

A Tiresome Task

Yesterday I experienced a muzzy-headed relapse – enough for me to turn down a trip to the forest for the first time ever. This morning we made up for it. The mournful expressions of the dogs in the back of the SKODA trailing a pair of led horses bore evidence to our slow progress alongContinue reading “A Tiresome Task”

A Kerfuffle

On this bright, yet cool, morning Jackie and I took a short drive into the forest. Celandines, nettles, and other wild flowers lined the verges of Warborne Lane, Portmore, alongside which goats and their climbing kids occupy a field beside horses in a fenced garden. On Pilley Street a friendly young girl opened the gateContinue reading “A Kerfuffle”

Passport Photographs

At midday Jackie drove us to Hockey’s Farm shop for an excellent brunch and to reintroduce Flo to the north of the forest. Ponies at Ibsley and mossy rooted trees were reflected in the pool that covers waterlogged terrain. Before eating we introduced our granddaughter to Hockey’s humorous alpacas lining up for their passport photographsContinue reading “Passport Photographs”

Definitely Spring

On this warm and sunny day Jackie unwrapped the wooden patio chairs and we set them in place; Flo continued her work in the garden, clearing twigs and leaves of cordyline Australis and setting about burning them; I wandered around with a camera. Jackie and I took a forest drive after lunch while the othersContinue reading “Definitely Spring”