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This morning was spent Christmas shopping in New Milton and in Brockenhurst
Jackie parked the car in Butts Lane, Brockenhurs and I walked alongside the stream beside it.
At the far end a ford leads to Park Close. The water level gauge shows
it is quite shallow at this point.
Vehicles are able to cross easily, and send ripples along the waterway.
and fences rippled in the water.
Wild rose hips wound over the wooden bridge rails.
A chaffinch took advantage of shrubbery camouflage,
spanning the stream.
This didn’t conceal a wood pigeon.
Perhaps this bird had lost a feather.
Jumping jackdaws scratched around on the bank.
Although I saw no birds in the stream, the pigeon had a bath in,
and the jackdaws drank from, a pool beside a house. Was it something in the water?
This evening we dined on barbecued pork spare ribs, prawn toasts, and Jackie’s exceedingly savoury rice. She drank more of the sauvignon blanc and I drank Mendoza Parra Alta malbec 2016.