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At first light this morning Jackie drove us down to the clifftop at Milford on Sea to watch the sunrise.
The forest behind the Isle of Wight and The Needles was a bank of clouds. The lighthouse blinked.
a pink lining
came into view
to the east.
Just two lone walkers
braved the two degrees centigrade temperature at 7 a.m.
This afternoon we visited the New Milton toy shop to investigate Christmas presents, and decided that we needed parental advice.
Afterwards we drove into the forest.
On the way down Holmsley Passage Jackie spotted
a string of ponies
crossing a ridge. Watch the wavy lines in the bracken to the right.
beside the stream on the lowest part of the lane, while I watched
as the ponies
what was a trail
they had regularly trodden.
It was fortunate
for me that there were a couple of greys to help me pick them out against the bracken
or, as they reached level ground, among the trees.
The black leader came into view and investigated the road;
when it was pronounced clear, the others followed
and were led
a delighted Jackie
in the car.
Having crossed to the other side
they reappeared on higher ground.
Further on, up the road to Clay Hill reflections in the calm pool
were clear and bright.
On our return the sun was setting over Holmsley;
blazing clouds shrouded Wootton Common,
where the moon was in the ascendancy.
Trellises of tree branches
screened the pink and indigo backcloth.
This evening we dined on Jackie’s wonderful savoury rice forming a bed for tempura prawns. We both drank Maison Castel Touraine sauvignon blanc 2015.