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New Forest pigs and piglets. Share my life with them just outside the gate during Pannage!
I recently visited this moving WW2 memorial to see the recently added flags and this years remembrance crosses and wreaths.
More personal photos of Canadian servicemen have been added amongst the crosses this year too. Each little cross has its own personal story behind it.
I go past here regularly and often stop off. Although it is set high on a hill (Mogshade Hill) once you enter the little gate you soon forget the wind blowing you about, as you read the personal messages and admire the little crosses set out.
I've noticed that the Harley Davidson Harley Owners Group (HOG) always lay a beautiful poppy wreath each year.
If you want to visit then head for Bolderwood either from the A35 Bolderwood Arboretum Ornamental Dr, Minstead, Lyndhurst, Hampshire SO43 7 (postcode is incomplete) or via Bramshaw/Brook by turning off the A31 at the Cadnam turn off towards Brook,SO43 7HE. It's not the easiest place to find but look at a map before you leave so you get the layout of the area. You'll see lots of lovely little donkeys too if you're lucky!
New Forest WW2 at Canada Cross and Stoney Cross. Did your relative serve here?
New Forest Lost Stolen Found forum for your pet, pony, donkey, dog or other animal
Christmas 2015 in the New Forest. Where to stay, what to buy, what to explore and enjoy? Dogs can come too.
New Forest Autumn colours will be everywhere, in woodland trees and stunning wildlife and fungi
The late October clock change is the most dangerous time of the year for all New Forest animals
Animal road deaths and injuries go up at this time of year as drivers speed across the forest unaware (or don't care) if they suddenly come up against a pony, cow, donkey or pig in their headlights
The obvious thing to do for your own and the animals safety is to SLOW DOWN and TAKE CARE
The Hampshire Fire and Rescue service, who do a fantastic job saving our animals and often people too throughout the year, have horrendous photos of animals accidents.
If you hit an animal at speed it may go through your windscreen and the chances of you surviving are not high!
I feel passionate about this as every time I see a near miss as a dangerous driver speeds past animals grazing by the road, who may move out at any time, and only just gets away with it, my blood boils.
Please take care for our New Forest animals and for your own safety and be aware of the danger at all times, but especially at this time of year of earlier dark nights.
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.
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!
The Remembrance Day poppy will be seen throughout the New Forest for this special memorial day.
New Forest Beaulieu Review. Visit this really popular UK Tourist Attraction. Read my review before you come.
New Forest Family Tree Forum - who knows of your family? Why not exchange memories and histories.
New Forest disabled shows you access and rambling routes and where to stay in this beautiful National Park.
World War Two New Forest changed the forest and its people.
I hope you can help if you are either a regular or first time visitor to my website?
I want to update it and make it more "Responsive" so quicker to load and easier to read at a glance, especially if you're on a mobile or tablet.
What is your first impression when you go on the Homepage?
I'd guess it would be that it is very long winded and hard to get around?
I'd really love your feedback please. Just add your comments on the Contact me page link below and thanks for your time.
Hopefully, in the future your visit will be even more enjoyable?
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!
Explore New Forest weddings for my personal recommendations for brides, for everythingon your special day.
New Forest dog friendly hotels places to stay for your and your dog.
New Forest foals for 2013 - are out and about now. Share some of my photos of them with me.
New Forest cottages in this beautiful National Park, and dog friendly suggestions to discover too