The High Flying Ball


Late this morning Jackie drove me to Hockey’s Farm Shop at Gorley Lynch for brunch.

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The crocheted decoration on the pillar box on Wootton Road is now a tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth II;

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next door, an owl keeps watch over the community notice board;

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the gate of The Poplars on the corner of Middle Road opposite bears its own royal tribute.

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Deer grazed in the field alongside the road to Gorley Common.

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Several cricket matches were in progress.

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Can you spot the high flying ball in this one at Hyde? Note the donkeys on the boundary. (The header was at Burley in June 2021. If it is not possible to enlarge today’s picture, try the header instead)

This evening we dined on Jackie’s spicy chicken Jalfrezi, with pilau rice, plain paratas, and vegetable samosas, with which she drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Fleurie. Flo and Dillon will eat later.


77 responses to “The High Flying Ball”

  1. The Memorial crochet pieces are quite moving, and the deer photos are wonderful too. As far as the sports pictures, the donkeys seem absolutely bored to tears. They have to be wondering what those crazy humans are doing.

  2. I love the new crochet figures. A lovely tribute.
    I saw four deer today, but you saw a herd!

    The donkeys on the field don’t seem the least bit disturbed by the action around them.

  3. You and Jackie had a wonderful day out! I love the post box decorations. She is quite creative, and very good at her craft.

    I can see what I think is a brownish colored ball in the header photo, possibly I see it in the other one. I am not sure. The ball was not the usual light colored one we would see here?

    Best to both of you. I still feel saddened by your sore knees. I hope they are better today.

  4. What wonderful photos! Each on unique and artistic!
    Love seeing the cricket players is cool!
    I think I found both balls! Thanks for the hint! Did the thrower holler, “Heads-up, Donkey!” HA! πŸ˜€
    (((HUGS))) πŸ™‚

  5. All I could find was that spot in the picture directly above the young man pitching – that couldn’t be the ball, could it? Great picture one way or the other though.

    • Thanks very much, GP. You have done well. It wasn’t easy – and definitely not where one would expect it to be. He had a very strange action which involved sending the ball in a lobbing arc while he almost hit the deck.

    • Well done, John. The oddest action I have seen. The bowler is slow. He leaps in the air, comes down almost to the ground, the ball flies up and follows a lobbing arc towards the waiting batsman. Thanks very much.

  6. I looked and peered but failed to find the ball in the recent image; in the header it’s much easier. Now I’ve read the comments I’ll try again! You’ve reminded me of those ‘spot the ball’ competitions which were regular features in the papers at one time 😊

  7. I’m kind of with the donkeys. Just give me a field of grass to graze, and I’m happy. πŸ™‚ The Brits ways of paying tribute to the Queen are so heart-touching. Love the crocheted figures.

  8. You have treated us to crocheted decorations on the pillar box on Wootton Road in the past. That person who displays them there is quite talented! Also, it was fun to see those beautiful deer. Have a lovely Monday, {{{Derrick}}} – I bet you are watching the queen’s funeral.

  9. I love the crocheted tribute to Queen Elizabeth II. I think this is the first time that I have seen you post photos of deer. I thought all of the wandering domestic animals kept the wildlife away.

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