Patrick’s Patch Revisited


We enjoyed a productive drive through the forest this morning.

Hincheslea Moor 1

On Hincheslea Moor the horizon still bore the early haze, as one man and his dog disappeared into the bracken,

Hincheslea Moor 2

Hincheslea Moor 3

Hincheslea Moor 4

whilst the sun’s rays illuminated the rest,

Hincheslea Moor 5

especially the bright purple heather.

Highland Cow 1

Venturing into the wooded area at the edge of the moor, I became aware that I was being observed.

Highland Cow 2

A number of Highland Cattle glided among the trees,

Highland Cow 3

and sailed majestically into the sunshine beyond.

Highland Cattle 1

These great shaggy beasts have roamed the rugged landscape of Scotland since at least the 6th century AD, possibly having been imported from Scandinavia by invading Vikings.

Highland Cattle 2

Forage is easy to come by in The New Forest,

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and they probably don’t need their extra overcoats.

Highland Cow 8

They really are light on their feet, silent, and really quite elegant.

Highland Cow 9

On my way back through the forest this one became more interested in my presence;

Highland Cow 11

raising her head, she licked her chops;

Highland Cow 10

and attempted a kiss, which, deftly avoiding tripping over a fallen trunk, I politely declined.

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Moving on, the Lymington River at Brockenhurst was as smooth and effective as glass.

From there we travelled to Beaulieu for a visit to Patrick’s Patch. Although this gem of a community garden has featured in a number of posts, the link from 25th November 2013 explains its purpose.

Paddy's Patch 1

Today, the garden was enjoying one of its peak periods. This path, to one of the many scarecrows, is flanked by sweet peas, dahlias, and globe artichokes.

Comma butterfly

Butterflies, like this comma, punctuated the hedges;

Bee on echinacea

bees raided the echinacea;


at their peak were flowers like the dahlias above, this zinnia,

Globe Artichoke

and the globe artichokes that bore the evidence of the irrigation of

Rachel Head Gardener

Rachel, the Head Gardener, who worked over the whole plot with a snaking hose.

Bouquet from Paddy's Patch

Before we left, this friendly young woman cut us a bouquet of flowers, including the zinnia pictured above. Jackie was quick to place them in a vase on the kitchen table.

This evening we dined on the offerings of Mr Chatty Man Chan at Hordle Chinese Take Away. I finished the last inch or two of the Slovenian white wine.

55 responses to “Patrick’s Patch Revisited”

  1. I enjoyed the landscapes and the kissing cow, Derrick, but most of all the rustic trapeze hanging from a tree, over the water. It reminded me of when my brothers and I used to fashion what we called a “Tarzan swing”, to perilously “fly through the air, with the greatest of ease” over a swimming hole at the base of a mountain spring.

  2. Lovely landscapes and the first shot of the cattle is awesome. The rest too are really nice but the first one has something really special about it

  3. For a moment I thought you’d relocated to Scotland – what with the bracken and the heather and the highland cattle………. Who would accept the offer a kiss from such a one! Patrick’s Patch is gorgeous – and how kind that the lovely Head Gardener gave the other lovely Head Gardener a posy of flowers. <3

  4. I liked the Highland cattle, especially the affectionate one! 🙂
    Rachel, the “other head gardener” does well but Jackie is still really my favorite one! The Patrick’s garden is lovely and your captured of bee and flowers exquisite, Derrick.

  5. That was a rewarding day, Derrick. Love that peek-a-boo with the bull and the near kiss with a cow 🙂 – and no jewels can rival that handful of flowers. I noted the run of purples 🙂

  6. What a landscape. I feel I haven’t seen one like it before, those shots of distance and little clumps of plants growing. I prefer not to encounter cattle when there is not a fence between us, so you are brave, wandering among the bovines. As for Patrick’s that’s a little bit of paradise and the flowers and blooming artichokes were lovely.

    • Very many thanks, Lisa. I operate on the basis that if they are allowed to roam, they must be OK. Mind you, some of the ponies bite. I guess your community garden must be similar to Patrick’s.

      • That could be true, I guess. In the American West, where they roam across large spaces, they’re a bit wild and unpredictable. The ponies I assume are like those on Chincoteague Island (biting, raiding picnic baskets, and posing cutely on occasion), leading mysterious pony lives much of the time. I should try to take a more sweeping picture of our garden.

  7. I’ve heard (I’m not sure where, perhaps another blog) that Highland Cattle are actually pretty good natured despite their fearsome appearance. I hope so. Those horns look like they could do some damage if wielded in anger.

  8. Oh what a delightful tour that was Derrick.. So enjoyed my walk amid that wonderful countryside and loved the cattle 🙂 and the Dahlia’s..Its been a good year for them.. 🙂 Have a wonderful weekend my friend.
    Sue <3

  9. I love highland cattle – we had some in a field near us for a while. I can imagine they love the New Forest. Lovely to see the purple heather blooming too – one of the colours of summer for me. And, gorgeous gardens and flowers – wonderful.

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