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Over the last few days we've had lots of wet weather.
It's been really sad to see the donkeys and their foals trying to keep dry.
I don't think they're as resilient to wet weather as our New Forest ponies but luckily at the moment as it's early in the season the weather isn't too cold as well as wet - that's a killing combination!
New Forest Walks, walking routes and trails I can recommend in this National Park, I've done them!
The New Forest cow is often a very varied breed. They're outside my door and get up to mischief which I'll share with you.
New Forest donkey update. More photos from outside my door and where to see them in the forest.
New Forest Lost Stolen Found forum for your pet, pony, donkey, dog or other animal
There are many places to see donkeys in the New Forest. The Forester's Arms at Frogham (SP6 2JA) usually has a lovely selection of mums and foals.
This year a little group has returned to our area and they are often outside our cottage.
There are a couple of beautiful little foals who enjoy seeing our dog go out for a walk - what type of donkey is this and does she want to play seems to be the theme most days.
Usual rules apply as with all the New Forest animals though - please don't touch, definitely never feed and always be aware that their mum might be protective of them. Otherwise, like us, enjoy!
The start of Pannage (when Commoners are allowed to put their pigs and piglets out onto the open New Forest, began on Monday 14 September.
So far I've managed to see one solitary pig!
(This was near Fritham if you want to try your luck, which frankly can only be better than mine!)
However, pigs are out and about all year round near Bramshaw so that would be a good place to try. Also a group have been put out on the other side of the New Forest at Ashurst.
When living here one thing I find amazing is the speed at which all the animals can move about. One minute I'm heading through woodland having spotted a donkey or pony then next minute they've gone. Despite pigs being seen as a bit lazy when they want to move on they too can disappear - so keep your eyes peeled!
A few months ago I went through a spate of people adding links to advertise their website on some of my Comments pages.
The comments usually started with a syrupy "wonderful website" comment and then the ad was added by a hidden link. Luckily they show up in blue and I am notified of them as they're posted.
The Comment pages are specifically for my visitors to add their experiences either following a visit to the New Forest or because they have a question to ask from my visitors, for example trying to catch up with long lost relatives etc.
If you read my actual Blog rather than the whole site I hope you pick this up and don't try to keep doing it.
Genuine tales, experiences and questions are still very much welcome for us all to enjoy and share though!
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New Forest Family Tree Forum - who knows of your family? Why not exchange memories and histories.
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My little foal blog is all about the New Forest pony foal I recued from slaughter
I must stress this is not a story about a New Forest foal, but because it is a story which has such a happy ending I wanted to share it with you.
To me it shows that despite dreadful, cruel treatment at the hands of feelingless brutes, a foal can survive and actually thrive when treated with kindness and humanity.
To me, there is never any excuse to treat animals cruelly. There are enough animals charities to help before an animal gets to the point of death, as this little foal did. via Twitter @horseandhound
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.
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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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!
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.
New Forest animal accidents mean road deaths and suffering to the New Forest ponies, donkeys, cows and pigs.
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.