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Late this afternoon Jackie and I took a car ride into the forest.
Whilst we were making our leisurely way along Braggers Lane,
we passed a friendly young woman riding a horse. I exchanged waves with the rider.
Further on, I disembarked to photograph fresh ferns in the hedgerow
and the sloping landscape with ponies.
I was pleased to hear the gentle, rhythmic, clopping that told me the rider was approaching. I waited for her to arrive and she effected a skilled manoeuvre taking her steed across the road taking backward steps.
She was happy to be photographed, but said “I was trying to get out of your picture”.
“I wanted you in it”. I replied, “It’s all part of the scene”.
“I guess so”, was her smiling response.
“Definitely”, said I,
and she continued on her way.
Further waves were exchanged a little later on.
As we neared Burley, a New Forest tour bus approached us. We keep promising ourselves a ride on one. We must look into it. The photographic perspective should be interesting.
This evening the three of us dined on mango and chili chicken fillets; juicy ratatouille; roasted sweet potatoes; and tender runner beans. Jackie drank a local wheat beer, and Elizabeth and I drank more of the Merlot.