. We had very heavy rain overnight and some showers this morning. We walked at Ocknell and there were big puddles everywhere. It was also very muddy, so just as well there were some big puddles right next to the car. At times it was very overcast and threatening to rain, but then the sun would come out and warm us from the cold winds. Several times we saw deer, including a large herd on the slope above the bog.
Claypits Bottom This morning we walked at Telegraph. Although mild it was very windy. There were also a lot of small flies about .After we had walked through the trees we walked along Homy ridge and then down through Claypits bottom , where there is a small stream . I do like some of these forest names. We met a herd of woolly cows and saw some deer.At times we had blues skies but we could see threatening rainclouds and several times it has rained. Missy found a nice new tennis ball that someone had lost so she enjoyed her walk.
For Valentines Day, John bought tickets for The Imperial Ice Stars production of Swan Lake, which we went to see last night. It was magical.The costumes were designed to be of the Romanov period and were beautiful. The skaters perform on an ice rink that takes 36 hours to errect and it is only 15metres square. The special effects were wonderful,and included a snow blizzard and a ring of fire on the ice. Two of the skaters performed on stilts! Well worth seeing if you get the chance.
This is Round Pond at Roundhill campsite , on Beaulieu Heath. It is deep enough for the dogs to swim and the signs suggest that there are fish in the pond. We ended up walking here today as the carpark at Culverly was closed! In fact it was a good choice as there are plenty of gravel tracks(This was a wartime air field) and it meant we were not sliding about in the mud. After two dry winters and summers, this winter has seen a lot of heavy rain. It rained all dy yesterday and also in the night.There is standing water all over the forest and it is very muddy on most of the tracks. Many of the pats were under several inches of water but wth a firm base it was easy to splash through and of course the dogs loved it.The campsite is closed in the winter (just as well as much of it was under water) so it was fairly deserted with just a few dog walkers and some cyclists using the tracks.
A pony watches the dogs Yellow Brain (Tremella mesenterica) This fungi is soft and jellyylike and can vary in colour from almost white to a deep golden yellow. It is edible. Missy disappeared down this hole and came up with a tennis ball..I do nt know how she knew it was there!
We walked at Millyford this morning. It was dull and damp, not a good day for photos. I did like this shot of the pony though. On our walk we passed the site , where there had once been a cottage and part of the garden can still be seen growing amongst the forest trees. The Daffodils are budding up and I made a note to go back in a couple of weeks time to see them.
This morning is a dull day, but very little wind and its dry. We walked from Cadmans Pond. A lot of geese and ducks were milling around and there were plenty of visitors feeding them. It is the start of the half term schol Holday so the forest seemed a little busier this morning. We walked a long the little stream called Dockens Water and then up and Down Ragged Boys Hill by holly Hatch Cottage.
the forest is really very muddy at the moment , doesn't matter where you go there is mud and plenty of it. At Fritham there is a lot of heather and Missy and raffles had a great time running after balls. We didn't see any deer today , but we did meet two very big fat pigs out for a stroll.
Its a beautiful sunny morning in the forest and we went to Pigbush for a walk. The forest is very wet and muddy and most of the time we were squelching through mud, or finding away to get through big puddles. The dogs were not complaining and I think they enjoyed laughing at the humans getting bogged down. We seem to have ahad a lot of rain recently and the Beaulieu River had burst its banks yet again. The last two winters have been drier a than usual , with dry summers as well and I think we had forgotten just how muddy the forest can get.Dogs of course are not bothered by a bit of mud!
Silver Birch against the Blue sky. Taivas surveys the Forest , looking for some mischief to get into. Missy is enjoying the water and chasing her ball The River beaulieu has burst its banks and the forest is very wet. A pony quietly grazes in Tanatany woods
Today we walked from the carpark at Matley woods, It is a very long time since I last did this , so it made a nce change. We had showery weather and quite a cold wind blowing.When we got down to the beaulieu River we could see that it had burst its banks
Most of the ponies we saw today were sheltering in the woods rather than out on the open heathland.