Once again the sunniest part of the day was this morning. I am happy to say that the fault on our landline was successfully repaired while I stayed near the phone and Jackie continued weeding and planting.
Nugget and Lady were both in attendance, but his new partner tweeted that she was not ready for her close up.
Nugget, as always, was perfectly happy to pose.
Now, “Where’s Nugget?” (64)
Our blogging friend JoAnna was surprised to see yesterday’s dragons. Here is another, complete with appropriate legend, that The Assistant Photographer also photographed for her.
This afternoon we drove to Brockenhurst station to enquire about train times, then further into the forest. Much of our National Park is actually owned by the National Trust. In the interests of preservation, this charitable body bought up areas before the Park was declared free from further development.
Cadnam and Penn Commons are both in the Trust’s ownership. It is these that we explored today.
Although a dry day, the skies in mid-afternoon were draped in clouds, giving a gloomier appearance than we experienced in reality.
The undulating ground adds interest to the landscape with skeletal trees and perhaps a trig point.
A few cattle appeared to be waiting patiently outside a farm for their dinner.
One calf was less patient. Another waited patiently in vain. Look at the mother’s hoof –
so eager was her calf that
much milk was spilt in the process. This is not unusual.
Further along the road, grazed sheep, some like fluffy white balls
a couple of normal sized ponies
and a little Shetland.
We diverted onto the track leading to Shady Pool and more ponies.
Jackie photographed the landscape,
a determined donkey trying to take my place,
and me photographing the ponies.
This evening we dined on Mr Pink’s fish and chips with our own pickled onions and gherkins with which we both drank Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2018.