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This afternoon we drove to New Milton where Jackie ordered a pair of shoes and delivered my dry cleaning to Johnsons. Carefully avoiding the Hampshire Show traffic we continued into the forest.
Yesterday, while focussing on deer, I mentioned that ponies sought shade from our current extreme heat where they could.
Around Brockenhurst and along the Beaulieu road the New Forest ponies clustered under the shady oaks and other trees.
One of these taller animals was able to tear a meal of oak leaves from the boughs without standing on hind legs as yesterday’s deer had done.
At East Boldre a couple of cows and a single calf used hedge for food and shelter. Both the adults frequently snared their tails in brambles;
and a pair of rather more inventive ponies availed themselves of the bus shelter.
This dog walker was clearly more comfortable on shady lanes.
This evening the three of us dined on Jackie’s thighs – roasted chicken in Chinese spices, that is; special fried rice; and multicoloured runner beans from the garden. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden; Elizabeth and I finished the Malbec, and started another, Parra Alta 2017.