Aquatic Surface Cover

The morning rain was forecast to last all day. In fact, this afternoon blue sky and sunshine relieved the rolling clouds and we went for a short forest drive.

We left Lymington via the long, winding, undulating, and varied Mount Pleasant Lane which offers views of Sway Tower beyond fields alongside.

Kings Hyde is a turning off it.

A small group of ponies on the moors bordering Forest Road was quite suddenly enlarged by a purposeful string we watched dice with death from the other side of the road and further up the hill. We observed them galloping down a slope and hoped that speeding traffic would be aware that they were intent on dashing out to join the others. The first four or five made it through the traffic from both directions. They were then followed by the inevitable straggler who took more of an amble. All remained unscathed and still strode out past their more sedate cousins.

We have noticed on almost all the forest pools carpets of small white flowers offering considerable surface cover. More were in evidence in this area. I can’t be sure what they are called.

Cattle shared grazing further along the road

with more ponies,

among whom another foal kept close to its mother.

This evening we dined on succulent roast beef; crisp Yorkshire pudding; roast potatoes and parsnips; broccoli, carrots and cabbage. Jackie drank Hoegaarden while I drank Marcelo Bocardo Malbec 2018 brought by Elizabeth on Sunday.


  1. Your weather proved more than suitable for your impressive images, Derrick. Here in Surrey our afternoon was one of heavy rain and resounding thunder.

  2. I think those little flowers are a variety of marsh marigold, genus Caltha. I don’t usually see them under water like that, but, what with your rains, there would be standing water.

  3. I enjoyed the picture of the grazing horse a lot. The colour was very striking. I was pleased to find out that no horses were injured in the making of this post.

  4. I was holding my breath for the ponies galloping down to the road. So glad they made it! The rust colored pony is gorgeous. And I love the dandelion!

  5. I am grateful for the โ€˜long, winding and undulatingโ€™ drive through tranquil, rain washed and bedecked forests populated by ponies and cattle. Man made contraptions are inherently designed to counterbalance Nature in its full glory.

  6. Glad the weather improved enough to get out and about!
    We had rain, and hail all day…with rain predicted for the next 5-6 days.
    That little foal is a beauty!
    Now I do wonder what those little white flowers are…looks like they have a beautiful yellow center! If you find out, please share with us. They remind me of wild wood anemone.
    HUGS to you and Jackie!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Many thanks, Carolyn. I did google the flowers. There are quite a few on sale at garden centres, but I couldn’t be exactly sure. I might have to get the Head Gardener onto it. X

  7. Iโ€™m glad that the weather cheered up for you. The rain becomes a drag after a time, doesnโ€™t it?

  8. Such beautiful images yet again… that foal (Colt?) is just gorgeous! ๐Ÿ™‚

    The ponies seem to have some decent feed now Spring is here.

  9. I’m glad the ponies were all OK. That must have made you anxious to watch till you were certain they were fine. If the lane at the top was in a movie, or described in a book, it would be the beginning of some magical adventure. Your forest pools are Monet-like images–beautiful.

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