Ponies On The Road

Causing us some speculation, a straight line of horse droppings ran in front of us along Christchurch Road this morning on our journey to the forest. Wild ponies would not breach the barrier fences even if they could approach near enough; it would be a rather stupid equestrian who would ride a horse along thatContinue reading “Ponies On The Road”

A Soporific Afternoon

In the vicious postprandial heat I ventured on a garden hunt for butterflies and bees, which had been more present earlier in the day when we were clearing clippings and bagging them up for disposal. Only two Peacocks and one bee settled in view during the half hour in which I was prepared to stickContinue reading “A Soporific Afternoon”

“We’ll Leave You Alone Now”

After lunch we took advantage of a spell of sunshine and drove into the forest. At the Roger Penny Way end of Cadnam Lane we stopped to converse with the pair of Gloucester Old Spots we often see there; and a robin that we don’t. Reflections rippled over the stream spanned by the road bridge.Continue reading ““We’ll Leave You Alone Now””

Lucky For Pigs

On a gloomier and warmer afternoon than yesterday we took a drive into the forest. The pannage season has this year been extended into December. A group of snuffling, snorting, competitive, piglets on the muddy verge at Ibsley burrowed as far into the leafy coverlet as they could to emerge with acorns from the treeContinue reading “Lucky For Pigs”

Caution Pigs

CLICK ON ANY SINGLE IMAGE TO ENLARGE IT. REPEAT IF REQUIRED. CLICKING ON ANY IN THE GROUP ACCESSES ITS GALLERY, INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS OF WHICH CAN BE VIEWED FULL SIZE BY SCROLLING DOWN AND CHECKING BOX AT BOTTOM RIGHT I had been fortunate yesterday to photograph the spray of leaves still occupying this corner of theContinue reading “Caution Pigs”

A Friend Of Sir Edwin

A clear nattier blue sky beamed down on us this morning.  Dew on our lawn glittered, and, as Jackie drove us to Pennington, the sun’s shafts radiated on the road ahead.  It was a marvellous day on which to explore yet another beautiful corner of our chosen area, and the outside of a house situatedContinue reading “A Friend Of Sir Edwin”

A Wedding

Quite early on this glorious morning, fit for a wedding, Jackie drove us out to Sandleheath to have a look at a house that turned out to be a non-contender.  All along Roger Penny Way, turning off only just before Fordingbridge, a mass cycling event was taking place.  This often meant that we drove atContinue reading “A Wedding”