The past few weeks have been wet, windy and often cold. Even so, spring is here and the fields, garden and Forest are flush with new foliage in so many shades of green. The scent of blossom and new grass is everywhere. Underfoot there are puddles and wet mud.
A corner of our little wildlife pond, which sometimes overflows with runoff from the field. The floating leaves of water forget-me-nots are a good place for newts to lay their eggs. There are several adult Common Newts in residence again.
One of the few cuckoo flowers around the pond.
Wet, itchy ponies during a gap between showers.
A Skunk Cabbage in flower. They do smell of skunk and the flies love them!
One stormy night, the old wooden pergola sighed its last and crashed down. bringing most of two Pauls Himalayan Musk climbing roses with it. It will need replacing, so we will let the roses flower and then have a serious prune before another pergola can be built.
The roses have tipped right over to one side.
On a rainy afternoon, the Ginger Man retired to the back of the airing cupboard.....
Forest Cat sat around looking beautiful.......
....while Lucy curled up in a tight ball, to sleep until it was time to eat or play once again.
Living in the beautiful New Forest, I am a married late-fifties woman, a recently retired teacher and the mother of grown up boys who have flown the nest. I share my days with cats, dogs, ponies and the wildlife all around us. Starting this blog is a chance to explore woods, fields, lanes and heath with my camera. A chance to share the simple pleasures of my country life.