Most of this overcast day was spent reading and relaxing. Late in the afternoon we took a drive to the North of the forest.
Donkeys and ponies shared the woodland forage on the outskirts of Brockenhurst.
Rhinefield Ornamental Drive has many fallen giants.
This is just one of many which, in the interests of ecology, is left to disintegrate over time; to provide nutriment for mosses and other flora; homes for insects; and eventually to return to the soil from whence it germinated many years before. The shallowness of the roots is often the cause of its demise during very wet and windy weather.
A small herd of cattle were penned in the woodland beside Newlands Farm, outside Ibsley.
One appeared to have escaped and joined the ponies roaming in the landscape across the road.