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This morning, headed for Hatchet Pond, we drove out to the forest early enough to see the children trailing to Lymington’s schools.
The pond itself was now rivalled by waterlogged terrain
that had been settled by a group of mallards, already pairing up among the reflected trees.
Various gulls, more mallards, crows, and ponies
and flew around Hatchet Pond,
on the far side of which a couple of cormorants perched on posts in the water,
and a solitary swan drifted among last year’s plants.
Dappled ponies grazed among the golden gorse,
and alongside additional pools.
These gentle creatures, ignoring the thorns of gorse and bramble, tore at the clumps of grass.
Now, why did this one cross the road?
To join its foraging fellows.
The forest terrain was covered in clear rainwater bathing last autumn’s leaves,
and reflecting trees.
Balmer Lawn’s land alongside Highland Water was similarly awash.
That river runs under the A337 on the approach to Brockenhurst.
It provides reflections from the bridge over which we drive.
This evening we dined on our tried and tested choice of M3 from the set meals of The Family House Chinese restaurant in Totton. As so often the establishment was full of both Chinese and English family members with dual heritage children milling about. As I said to the assembled company on our departure, “one of the reasons we like this place is that it is a family house”.