Jackie made considerable headway with garden maintenance this morning.
After lunch she decided she had earned us a forest drive, and headed for Beechern Woods, where
we each operated our cameras from opposite sides of Ober Water.
I focussed on the rippling and reflecting stream; passing walkers; band the woodlands with their long shadows, fallen trees, and gnarled roots nurturing new ferns and grasses.
When I first crossed the bridge to reach the other side of Ober Water I noticed two of the very heavy timbers forming the structure were broken. As I approached it to recross after my ramble I noticed a man
bending over one of the beams.
This was Bob, the site manager of Aldridge Hill Campsite. He had just effected a temporary repair necessitated by a very heavy vehicle traversing the bridge. Until a permanent repair could be effected the only vehicles able to cross would be cars – thus normal delivery transport and the refuse collectors would be banned.
Bob is a very friendly character who anticipated with some trepidation the 150 bookings this facility had taken from the first day of Covid restrictions relaxation next Monday.
Jackie and I continued along the lane to Black Knowle at the other end, where,
among ponies grazing on the nearby moorland,
we distantly descried our first foals of 2021. The close-up was produced by Jackie, who had earlier also photographed
a solitary deer; gnarled oak branches coming into leaf; a fallen tree; and a mossy trunk.
Alongside Burley Road at Wilverly another group of ponies enjoyed a return to soggy ground engendered by our recent rainfall.
Before drafting this post I weeded another section of the Shady Path.
This evening we dined on a second sitting of Hordle Chinese Take Away’s excellent fare, with which Jackie drank Hoegaarden and I finished the Malbec.