After lunch I watched recorded highlights of yesterday’s international rugby match between England and Australia. I then prised Jackie from her greenhouse so she could take me for a drive in the forest.
“Look, Derrick”, she announced, indicating a plant on this sunny but cold afternoon, “it’s a little chilly in the garden”.
Many moorland trees have now lost most of their leaves.
Whitemoor Pond, near Brockenhurst, is one of those many normal waterlogged areas of the New Forest that has been bone dry for most of this year,
In recent days it has filled up again, which is good news for ducks, specifically a happy paddle of mallards.
From there we motored on to Burley, where, at the busy crossroads outside The Burley Inn
a suckling foal caused great delight among the youngest visitors
who failed to notice the other pony ambling amongst the traffic.
It is not that unusual to see a grey mare with a black foal.
Approaching sunset we enjoyed the pastel skies beyond Picket Post,
then sped back to Burley to watch the golden globe descending.
This evening Jacqueline joined us for dinner before returning to stay with Mum. Jackie produced a superb starter of hot and spicy vegetable soup with homemade croutons followed by classic cottage pie served with crisp carrots, cauliflower, and runner beans. The Culinary Queen drank Hoegaarden while Elizabeth and I finished the Brouilly.