On this dry, sunny and consequently cooler day Jackie and I took a drive around the north of the forest, taking in lunch at Hockey’s Farmhouse Café where we each enjoyed our respective favourites.
Traffic was slow during the early part of our trip, and we had to wait for a train to pass through the Brockenhurst level crossing, enabling
me to photograph catkins beside the road.
I photographed donkeys, trees in the landscape, and a jogger along the road at Penn Street Common,
where unusually silent starlings sat upon a hedge in which, photographed by Jackie,
flittered flocks of twittering sparrows.
Although no more rain fell, roads, like North Gorley, along which traffic splayed, sprayed, and reflected;
and moorland, as at Penn Common and North Gorley, continuing to bear waterlogged stretches and nurture ponies, still showed extensive evidence of the recent deluges.
Work was proceeding on the thatch of The Elm Tree featured in https://derrickjknight.com/2024/02/04/thatching-with-cider/
It may not have rained today, but previous precipitation glistened in the sunshine.
This evening we all dined on a choice of Jackie’s delicious beef or chicken pies; creamy mashed potatoes; peas and sweetcorn; crunchy carrots, and tender broccoli stems, with which she drank more of the rosé and I drank more of the Portuguese red.