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The Bloglets below let you get to know the New Forest with me, as I live and explore it. Enjoy your visit and come back soon!

I've won a pair of knickers!

New Forest Life knickers
I've won these beautifully embroidered knickers via my Twitter feed.
There are lots of lovely wedding gift keepsakes all featuring personalised embroidery.
You can also have items that you may want to last a lifetime embroidered with your own memories and dates.
All items come packed in a dainty little drawstring bag too.
I thought I'd have my website as a keepsake on mine.
A great gift idea I think.

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My New Forest National Park Unique Travel Guide

My New Forest National Park travel guide is all about my life here! So let me say Welcome and let me share my animal photos and tales with you. Explore my personal recommendations too.

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My little foal blog from my New Forest pony

My little foal blog is all about the New Forest pony foal I recued from slaughter

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My New Forest Beaulieu Review of one of the UK's leading Tourist Attractions.

New Forest Beaulieu Review. Visit this really popular UK Tourist Attraction. Read my review before you come.

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Get Creative in August at Beaulieu. Build caravans and Meccano charabancs

Here's something to keep the kids amused for hours during August
The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu is running some fun creative sessions where children can make model charabancs from Meccano and caravans from recycled materials.
This is all part of an ongoing project by the National Motor Museum to rediscover how surplus First World War parts were used to construct leisure vehicles after the end of the 1914-1918 conflict.
A charabanc was a motor coach which took people out of their villages often to places they had no means of travelling to otherwise.
Whole families would set off in these vehicles to discover new areas and as the seats were tiered they would all have a great view of the countryside they were venturing through, perhaps for the first time.
This is a very good deal as the sessions are included in your entry price.
Sessions run in the Museum on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from ,b>4-27 August from 12.00pm to 4.00pm.
There is also a chance to design your own boardgame.
Sounds like a lot of fun to me!

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New Forest Weddings with guides for brides, venues, flowers and much more.

Explore New Forest weddings for my personal recommendations for brides, for everythingon your special day.

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New Forest dog friendly hotels and accommodation I can recommend.

New Forest dog friendly hotels places to stay for your and your dog.

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New Forest foals for 2013 are here - they are beautiful!

New Forest foals for 2013 - are out and about now. Share some of my photos of them with me.

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New Forest cottages to explore and enjoy

New Forest cottages in this beautiful National Park, and dog friendly suggestions to discover too

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What do New Forest Commoners do?

New Forest pig and piglets

Every animal you see when visiting the New Forest, apart from the deer, are owned by a New Forest Commoner.
They're not wild! Just feral i.e. free to roam.
Commoners are responsible for the health and welfare of their animals which means if their pony, donkey, cow, pig or sheep becomes ill or injured at any time, they must take it off the New Forest and arrange its care and recovery until it can go back out on the forest.
Commoning rights come with a New Forest property and unless you have these rights you can't put a pony or other animal out. It's heavily regulated by The Verderers of the New Forest who manage The Agisters.
Every area has their own Agister so if a pony or other animal is found either injured, unwell or dead the area Agister is called and the owner contacted.
The Commoners play a vital role in the continuing landscape and conservation of the New Forest you see today. Without their animals grazing the forest the whole environment would be lost and an important habitat lost for all time.
Please contact me if you want to find out more and enjoy the link to find out more about Commoning too.

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New Forest fishing - where to go and what you'll catch!

New Forest fishing offers angling in lovely surroundings.

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A Lovely Celebration of 100yrs of WI History at St Mary's Church in Fordingbridge

We've just spent the morning in the beautiful church of St Mary's in Fordingbridge enjoying the centenary of the local W.I.called Home and Country 2015.
What fantastically creative people!
I'd seen it promoted as free entry and with farm animals in the church and I was intrigued how this would be achieved.
The answer was lots of plastic sheeting hidden under comfy bedding for: piglets, lambs, and chickens who all looked very much at home in their setting
It was a really spectacular exhibition of 100years of hard work of both the church and the W.I.
The churchyard was full of vintage tractors, 2 beautiful heavy horses, lots of old ploughing machinery, a thatcher, a hurdle maker and lots of lovely craft stalls too.
I just had to buy a beautiful cottage plant (but don't know how long it will last under my care!)
Inside the church you meandered around following a floral theme of the W.I. Teapots, cups, saucers, cake, pots of jam were all laid out as a picnic but were made of flowers!
Amazing skills.
We wandered from theme to theme passing staged areas like the chickens and a wonderful goldfish pond with ducks made out of foliage floating on the pond.
The whole scene reminded me of The Vicar of Dibley when she invited all the village animals to a service - inside the church.
There was a wonderful model railway lay out by Reg, who is a lovely man and so knowledgeable about his trains.
The whole atmosphere was welcoming, sharing and celebratory. The hard work certainly made this an event to remember for a long time to come.
Thank you to all at St Mary's for all your hard work - it paid off spectacularly!
If you get the chance it is a 3 day event and will be open from 10a.m. to 4p.m. tomorrow Monday 6th July too.

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World War Two New Forest - what impact did WW2 have?

World War Two New Forest changed the forest and its people.

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New Forest animal accidents go up each year....

New Forest animal accidents mean road deaths and suffering to the New Forest ponies, donkeys, cows and pigs.

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A very short life for one New Forest foal

A little brown filly foal sadly lost her life on a New Forest road on 26th June 2015.
What a sad end to a short little life?
You can find the worst roads on the New Forest on my animal accidents page and download a handy map published by the National Park Authority.
The B3055(West) was the road this little foal was killed on but when you see the map you'll realise just how many roads are fatal to our New Forest animals from speeding and ignorant drivers.
Animals will just step out (or in the case of a new foal probably leap out!) onto the road from the verge.
Care and awareness is needed whenever you drive on or across the New Forest please.

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New Forest Farmers Markets - fresh, local food at its best..

New Forest Farmers Markets food: delicious cheese, bread, eggs, honey and cakes.

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New Forest disabled. Access, rambling, accommodation and lots more info for you.

New Forest disabled shows you access and rambling routes and where to stay in this beautiful National Park.

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The New Forest sightseeing bus for open topped views of this UK National Park.

New Forest sightseeing bus, experience an open topped, hop on hop off all day experience!

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New Forest Drift the Commoners yearly health check on our New Forest ponies

The New Forest Drift happens annually as Commoners we round up our ponies for a health check

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New Forest Lost Stolen Found is the place for you to post your info

New Forest Lost Stolen Found forum for your pet, pony, donkey, dog or other animal

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New Forest food is fresh, full of flavour and fantastic!

Discover New Forest food for yourself - they are fresh and local.

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A brown labrador has been found - is it yours?

Have you lost a brown labrador?
Please see the attached link page for details of the Dog Warden who has found this lost dog
If it's your dog I'm glad you will have a happy ending

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My New Forest Resources, Links and Services for all the info you'll ever need!

Find New Forest resources, links and services at your fingertips. My New Forest information just for you.

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New Forest Horse Riding - who do I actually recommend?

My horse riding recommendations are based on my visit to a specific riding stable and whether, based on what I have seen on that visit, I feel happy to recommend it to you
I visited Burley Riding Stables and met Sharon who runs this yard.
Everything I saw was good with well looked after horses and ponies and happy riders
I built my page and was happy to recommend the stables.
When Burley Manor got their own website (a good idea I thought for ease of bookings etc) I was astounded to see my copywritten photos used as well as word for word comments!
I spoke to the web designer who tried to blame the owner for this intellectual property breach. I knew this wasn't true and after much discussion we agreed that he would return the watermark to my pictures (which he'd removed) and also he would add a link to my website too.
Imagine my surprise when I looked at Brockenhurst Riding Stables website and found again my photos, sometimes with and sometimes without my copyright watermark.
He had also used my comments from Burley Manor in his "About" section to recommend Brockenhurst Riding Stables. Shoddy work and illegal too.
There is more shoddy and sloppy copying and broken links on their site too but I wont list it as he would probably just change it and I would have again done the work for him!
I've visited Brockenhurst Riding Stables to try to get to the bottom of this matter but want to make it clear that I do not recommend these stables as until yesterday I had never visited them.
I don't blame the owner of the stables as I genuinely believe she has no idea how to manipulate her way around a website let alone commit an infringement of intellectual property in this way.
I do blame the web designer and I'll be taking the matter further through the correct channels.
I wondered why I spend so much time sharing my New Forest recommendations with all the wonderful visitors each year - it must be so someone can take money to build a website based on my hard work!!!

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New Forest horse riding is a wonderful experience. A getaway break to remember..

New Forest horse riding my personal recommendations.

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Dog friendly New Forest tips for you and your pet

We're Dog friendly New Forest here, and my pet tips should help you enjoy your visit. I live here and love my dog!

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New Forest dog deaths - is it Alabama Rot?

New Forest dog deaths - can they be Alabama Rot and what should you do?

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The New Forest Bus connects you from Southampton to Lymington and more

The New Forest Bus offers journeys from Southampton to Lymington and Hythe to Moors Valley

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Setthorns Caravan Park New Forest

Setthorns Caravan Park New Forest is open all year in the New Forest National Park

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Roundhill Caravan Park New Forest

Roundhill Caravan Park visitor information and my recommendations from the New Forest National Park

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