I was very drowsy today. However, the weather was so unseasonably warm and sunny that we did go for a drive in the forest.
Very close to Fawley Powers Station is this section of the New Forest that we have not driven through before. It leads to the village of Blackfield where live many of the families who work at Fawley. There was evidence along the tracks that local children enjoy quite an idyllic playground.
Ponies at East Boldre basked in the spring sunshine, some too somnolent to get on with their job of keeping the grass down.
Suddenly the word got around that there was some tree work being carried out at the corner of Chapel Lane. The ponies ambled along the road to investigate the clippings in the gutter.
Last year’s foals foraged on either side of the road through East End,
A troop of miniature ponies assiduously shaved the sward. One appeared to be covered in freckles.
Later, while watching a recording of this afternoon’s Six Nations rugby match between Ireland and Italy, we dined on succulent chicken Kiev; tasty ratatouille; mashed potato; crunchy carrots and cauliflower; with tender green beans.