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After a boring morning’s admin, I helped The Head Gardener plant tulip and allium bulbs and flowering chrysanthemums. We then enjoyed a salad lunch and drove to
where the rippling water reflected the boats and the blue sky with its attendant clouds
that had been depicted on the canvas above by a skilled painter.
Rowing boats were moored beside the jetty on the seaward side of which yachts were being berthed.
Squawking gulls landed hoping for titbits.
Other craft were coming and going all the time.
Emerging from the forest of masts, a small ferry boat chugged into harbour,
its master steered it to its mooring,
and the passengers disembarked.
The mother of one family returning to land told me that, on this afternoon of sunshine and showers, they had sailed through heavy rain, so it was only now that the junior pirate had been able to wear his Puffin hat.
Once she had fixed the trophy in place, he trotted off clutching his mother’s hand, while his Dad carried his sibling and everything else.
Walking into the first shot of the ferry boat is another photographer, who, when I showed him my portrait of him, smiled and said: “That’s what photography is for”.
Soon a working boat came into view and came to rest at the fishermen’s corner.
I wasn’t sure what was going on here, but a small terrier’s nose gave her a pretty good idea.
She needed some restraint to keep her away from
the slowly jerking crabs piled on top of each other in strong boxes.
One of these living creatures climbed over the lip of its container and landed on its back on the quayside. In my childhood I had often righted stag beetles in the same predicament, but I didn’t fancy providing a helping hand on this occasion.
Instead, I alerted the young man who had brought in his boat, mentioning that I wasn’t going to pick it up. Describing the crab as an escapee, he demonstrated that it couldn’t pinch because their claws were nipped when they were caught. This certainly wasn’t a dog’s dinner.
Before leaving, I walked along Quay Street
to the bottom of Quay Hill, feeling quite pleased that the car was parked by the waterside, so I wouldn’t have to follow the others scaling the heights. The little dog somewhat impeding the older woman’s progress was happy to continue once the younger woman carrying an infant had torn herself away from the shop windows.
On we travelled to the east of the forest. These ponies on the land along Thorneywood Road were soon to be spooked by a vehicle that turned round the bend towards us. This sent the animals running around in rather frantic circles.
Many others were grazing among the gorse. As so often, one smaller variety incongruously tagged onto the big boys.
Gwen and Yvonne may prefer to skip what follows.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s excellent liver and bacon casserole, mashed potato, carrots and green beans. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank Reserve des Tuguets Madiran 2014.