Hello, welcome to my website. My name's Christina and I love living in the New Forest National Park! I live inside a cattle grid (in a cottage not a cattle grid!) so the animals (including my own) are right outside my gate.
I'm a Commoner, and all the ponies, donkeys, cows, pigs and sheep you see aren't "wild" but are owned by Commoners. Let me share my photos, recommendations and tales with you, so you can find out all about this beautiful place, ready for your visit. It's always good to start with a beautiful little donkey foal!
So first of all.............WELCOME!
Bienvenue Welkom Willkommen Benvenuti 欢迎 ترحيب
To the beautiful New Forest National Park
All the photos you see on New Forest Life are my own and are copywritten, so please view and enjoy them! There's lots for me to share with you, like my little foal blog You can also see him born and find out why I saved this little foal from slaughter? Please feel free to contact me if you can't find the information you need and I'll try and get the answer for you.
Important Safety Information
Urgent: Can you help? There has been a Hit and Run accident on 20th April near Longcross/Telegraph Hill (B3078). £1000 reward for info following successful conviction. A pony was left seriously injured and had to be destroyed on the spot. For more details visit my animal accidents info.
Animal and Road Safety Advice from the Police
"Remember that animals have the priority on the roads within the New Forest boundaries. Please drive to the road conditions, be mindful that animals can be concealed within hedges, behind trees etc and will walk out into the road without any notice despite your approach. Please keep your speed down and by doing so you will increase your chances of being able to avoid collisions". For more advice please read my Animal Accidents info.
New Forest National Park ponies on The Drift - always take care.
An autumn scene - pigs out for Pannage in the woods
The pigs and piglets are hilarious. Have you seen my latest piglet pictures? Sadly, we no longer have our lovely pig and piglets outside our cottage but you should look out for them all over the forest in the autumn. Putting pigs out on the forest is called Pannage. This is an ancient right for Commoners.
The pigs eat the green acorns, to prevent the ponies eating them and becoming ill or even dying! Laugh with me at their antics sometimes right outside my door.
Where can you find deer?
The Drift, the annual round up of all the ponies is held in the autumn. The public aren't allowed to attend unfortunately as it is quite dangerous and can cause accidents to both the ponies, riders and public if it is not restricted. The little foal I've rescued isn't going to go through the Drift as I think it will be too nerve wracking for him. We're getting him in before to start to wean him from his mother.
Sadly, accidents happen on the roads. although it is not usually visitors who cause the majority of animal deaths. My animal road deaths and accidents page gives you some helpful safety tips. Road death figures for 2013 were 104 animals dead or injured (this excludes deer). Please take care on the roads, hopefully not too many more of our animals will die this year.
Are you looking for romantic lodges? I've visited these myself.
Please check where the lodge actually is if you see one advertised. Is it within the forest boundary? Some are advertised but are not within the forest at all.
Perhaps a unique B&B?: Or lovely forest or seaside Cottage?
I'll suggest beautiful Hotels and Spa's; Would you like to enjoy romance and luxury at one of my personally recommended Top Luxury Spa Hotels? You can relax, chill out, have a treatment and then a lovely meal and back to your room for champagne.
What about finding a dog friendly hotel lots of lovely walks, then back to a warm and welcoming hotel for a wonderful meal for you and your favourite pooch?
Find out how to save money when visiting. The Brand New Forest Card gives you discounts on attractions, gifts, local food and produce and cream teas too!
New Forest National Park Activities and Days Out and About
I've recently visited the New Forest Wildlife Park. I saw beautiful animals in a wonderful woodland setting. I really can recommend a visit here.
Let me suggest walks and walking routes to find all weather paths for all ages.
Explore my Four recommended cycling routes and the best places to hire a bike too! We recently came back from a wonderful cycling route which takes you into the real heart of this ancient woodland.
Explore my Days Out tips which now include National Trust Properties nearby, and find out how the National Trust is helping in the upkeep of the heathland. You may want to buy tickets for major events which are coming up. Visit my
Beaulieu Review and find out why I recommend visiting Beaulieu and The National Motor Museum. Buckler's Hard Maritime Museum is fascinating. Find out all about Nelson
Are our woodlands going to be sold off? Have we done enough to save them for future generations to enjoy?
Leave room for a cream tea and visit a New Forest Tea Room if you're out and about in this beautiful National Park. I've got my favourites to share with you.
Dog friendly Pubs
This wonderful and unique environment has a fascinating history.
There is an amazing WW1 and WW2 history here - why not discover it with me.
World War Two - evacuees, rations and lots more.
Find out about the airfields
You can ask a question or share a tale with us and even find out about a US airman awarded the U.S.A.A.F. Medal of Honor.
Did we murder Royalty?... with an arrow?...
There are WW1 and WW2 Memorials for you to explore, so, find a memorial site to visit.
It's a wonderful way to get close to the history of this beautiful National Park.
Did Beaulieu have WW2 spies or secret agents? you'll be amazed to find out what happened here.
Discover D Day Landing information. Find out about Operation Overlord at Lepe
Why not discover my memorial day facts. It's all here for me to share with you.
Visit New Forest Family Tree Forum and post your questions to find out more of your family history during WW1 and WW2. Were your relatives stationed here during WW1 and WW2? My Family Tree Building Tips suggests ways to find out about your past. We have discovered in our family tree searches that we don't come from royal blood!
If you wish to search for anything here, simply type in new forest life followed by whatever it is you would like to search for then press search :-
Our local Miss Pig after a cooling mud bath - she actually attended the local school fete on this day - without an invite!
At the moment, to live here I need to work to support this lifestyle.
When eventually silver surfer
status takes me over I know I can work from home and earn money from my
very own home business. It is and will be hard work but whether you are
mum who wants to work from home or a silver surfer looking for a great way to spend some retirement time - there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Now, you can learn how to Build Your Own Site. Why not put on the kettle and find out more? And at the moment there is a Special offer for you to try!
Now you can opt to pay monthly throughout the year - 2015 may just be your year!
Anyway, back to my favourite subject..............
I hope you enjoy visiting New Forest Life and that you explore and enjoy this beautiful area with me.
Finally, please do let me have feedback on how you feel about my New Forest Life website, and do tell me if there is anything you would like to see added to the site for your enjoyment. I hope you enjoy visiting the New Forest National Park with me, and that you take home many lovely memories too. Please Contact Me if you have any questions. Many Thanks.
Check the latest weather for your visit. We do a weekly local update.
Get my up to date news, views and photos on what I've discovered, or want to share with you.
Find out where to go to discover pigs like these. I can tell you the best place to see pigs and other animals.
Please Contact me for any help.
Here's some really great news - you can now get your very own personalised Ordnance Survey map for any area of the UK you like.
This was kindly given to me recently. It shows the National Park on 1:50 000 scale and is my own personal copy with my website on.
A wonderful present for anyone