The last week in July. Summer came two days ago and now the New Forest roads are busy with cars and people, on their way to the annual New Forest Show at Brockenhurst. I decided to travel in the opposite direction towards the coast, and here are some of the New Forest foals that I passed along the way.
Most of the foals were born in May this year. The weeks of rain have made the grass grow well, so the mares look healthy and their foals are growing tall, sturdy and confident. They are old enough to stray a little distance from their mothers and are often seen playing together, leaping and skipping about like new lambs.
This afternoon it was hot and humid. Time to nibble grass beside the road........
..........or stop for a snooze in the sun.
The heathland near Round Pond was scattered with ponies and commoners` cattle, all grazing near to this precious water source, where they will gather to drink in the cool of evening.
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.