Feeding Time

Such is the continuing mild nature of our weather that there was plenty of evidence on the holly bushes of Hordle Lane, along which I walked to the paddock and back this afternoon, that the other avian larders are still well stocked.

Holly berries

The berries are not even refrigerated yet.

Oak tree 1

Oak tree 2Oak tree 3Oak tree 4

The deciduous oaks are, however, displaying their seasonal x-ray images.

Horses crossing field 1Horses crossing field 2

As I leaned on the paddock gate, observing  that the horses were all sporting their protective rugs, they suddenly stirred, turned, and trotted with intent across the field. I didn’t really think I had had that effect on them.

Horses feeding 1Horses feeding 2

Soon afterwards a man and a woman led them to a pen on the far side. Whilst I couldn’t quite see what was going on, I imagine it can only have been feeding time that would provoke such spirited movement. My camera lens confirmed this.

Christmas decorations 1

Whilst writing this I am myself slowly being penned in by Christmas decorations which have a propensity to multiply at will.

This evening we dined on Jackie’s scrumptious sausage casserole; mashed potatoes; Brussels sprouts; and sautéed carrots, potatoes, onions, and mushrooms. Dessert was steamed pineapple pudding and custard. Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I drank more of the malbec.

33 responses to “Feeding Time”

  1. I love naked trees, love to see the shape and all of the branches this time of year, amazing pictures and as always, amazing supper!! I want to come eat with you!! 🙂

  2. Great post.
    Our winter has been very mild in this region of Canada. The snow and ice has come and gone multiple times- totally off kilter from the normal range.

    Lovely photos of an English December, outdoors and in. 🙂

  3. Derrick, you really gave a clever way with words. Dry wit. 🙂 The red berries contrasted nicely with the black skeletons of the bare trees. Your house looks lovely with pretty decorations. As always, a delicious homemade dinner to give you both sustenance and delight.

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