The wind lessened today, so we made a start on recovery.
There is nothing to be done about windburn such as this on the red Japanese maple, but
we did carry out an extensive hard prune in the Rose Garden where Mamma Mia and Absolutely fabulous prevail.
Bees were confined to their hives yesterday and made up for lost time today. Here they may be seen in Absolutely Fabulous, in bidens, in Laura Ford, in pelargoniums and in erigeron.
Another heavy storm is forecast in two days time, so we saw no point in much more tidying this afternoon and went for a drive instead.
We turned off Salisbury Road into
Ivy Lane, at the end of which lies Ibsley, and
‘Moyles Court School [which] is an independent day and boarding school for pupils from 3 – 16 years old. Moyles Court was the former manor house of Rockford, and later for Ellingham as well. The 17th century manor house was once the home of Dame Alice Lisle, the last lady to be publicly beheaded in England following a judicial trial. In 1940 the building was requisitioned by the RAF, who stationed the headquarters for the Ibsley Airfield there for six years.‘ (Wikipedia) This was the base for both RAF and USAAF.
This afternoon the verges outside the school were lined with reconditioned army vehicles, enthusiasts of reenactment, and members of https://www.mvt.org.uk – Military Vehicle Trust.
There are good number of WW2 airfields and military sites in the New Forest. A member of the convoy explained that they were touring these locations. In the process they attracted photographers and visitors, including children, who were most intrigued.
Another attraction was the regular ice cream van. Take a boy to the forest and he will come home with a stick.
During the holiday season the forded stream always encourages a gathering, members of whom will often rig up a makeshift swing.
This evening we dined on baked gammon; boiled new potatoes and crunchy carrots; piquant cauliflower cheese; and tender cabbage, with which Jackie drank Becks and I drank more of the Saint-Chinian.