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New Forest pigs and piglets...Share my life with them..just outside the gate!
New Forest Farmers Markets food: delicious cheese, bread, eggs, honey and cakes.
New Forest sightseeing bus, experience an open topped, hop on hop off all day experience!
Your New Forest Lost Stolen Found forum for your lost, stolen or found pony, donkey,dog or other pet.
This dog was found yesterday in Hollybank Estate, Hythe wearing a collar but no tag. Took him to Seadown vets in Hythe & they checked no micro chip. He
The New Forest Drift happens annually and I went to see when Commoners round up their ponies for a health check
New Forest disabled shows you access and rambling routes and where to stay all in this beautiful National Park.
Wednesday 10 september 2014
I wanted to let you know of a "blip" I have found on any links I've got for the Forestry Commission today.
Their FC website is down meaning when I mention actual areas that relate to Forestry Commission sites/info you'll get an error response.This relates particularly to my disabled access page.
As soon as I can correct this and can get access to these links I'll make the changes.
If you have any urgent questions please use my Contact me links throughout my website and I'll try to get you the info.
Luxury camping in the New Forest or glamping was on two campsites - unfortunately no longer available
My Days Out New Forest recommendations mean fantastic holidays in this National Park.
Find New Forest resources, links and services at your fingertips. My New Forest information just for you.
New Forest Beaulieu Review. Visit this really popular UK Tourist Attraction. Read my review before you come.
New Forest fungi is often spectacular and can be found all over this National Park in October and November
I'm not sure if you already know, but the second and forth pictures of fungi on this page (http://www.newforest-life.com/new-forest-fungi.html) appear
New Forest dog friendly hotels places to stay for your and your dog.
How can you discover, explore and enjoy the New Forest National Park in a quiet and peaceful back to nature way?
The answer? park your tech stuff at the new Tech Creche
A young David Attenborough talks you through it
If you wonder where the beach side location and ice cream consumption takes place - it's at Lepe Country Park
WE HAVE JUST RETURNED FROM A HOLIDAY IN MOCKBEGGER IN THE NEW FOREST,(12TH-19TH JULY) WE TRAVELLED ABOUT AND SAW LOTS OF PONIES, BUT ONLY ABOUT TWO YOUNG
Ready tents New Forest? Where are they and what are they like?
New Forest weather update can change fast.
SBI web business facts and info - website building made easy.
New Forest weather now has a widget for you for easy reading and an at-a-glance check on what it's like in the beautiful National Park.
My lovely husband has been diligently filling in a weeks forcast for the last year or so and I thank him on your behalf.
Because it's weather, whether(?) the New Forest or anywhere else there are a couple of points to remember.
We drive over the forest at times and go through rain, cloud, sun, wind all in a few miles so any forecast isn't a failsafe to what your experience will be on a day to day basis.
As the New Forest covers quite a large area we have been in sun at the coast and when we get home we're met with rain and a dull day so please plan for this if you visit.
Most important thing of all?
Have a great visit to the New Forest National Park!
Leave a little fairy message at one of the tiny doors you'll find in the New Forest at Furzey Gardens Minstead. They often leave their little welly boots outside the doors too - we don't like wet feet indoors in the New Forest! A lovely day out for all the family.
New Forest animal accidents mean road deaths and suffering to the New Forest ponies, donkeys, cows and pigs.
New Forest fishing offers angling in lovely surroundings.
Find out how World War Two changed the New Forest and its people.
I've just updated my New Forest Farmers Markets so you can share the wonderful food and local produce we enjoy living here.
You can also often buy lovely presents and gifts at many of the markets which you may not find in the shops - usually at great prices too!
New Forest camping and caravan holidays in campsites you'll love amongst New Forest ponies and other animals
Fun and frolics on the New Forest
A 2 year old stallion mistakes my yearling colt for his first conquest
Here's the story
Well Stallion Day came and we set off to the dangerous area to see what would happen. There were masses of New Forest ponies milling around in various herds through a long deep valley. On the ridge overlooking the valley the stallion was in his box ready to be let out. Squealing and kicking amongst the mares meant the hormone levels were very real. These ladies were ready for some excitement.
Eating sedately amongst this chaos was our boy. Never one to pass up a good graze he appeared nonchalant to everything around him. As legs and squeals kicked off around him he moved away. The stallions this year are 2 years old. They are inexperienced and we were worried how they would be accepted, especially by the geldings who have their own herds of mares and fillies which they run throughout the year.
Battle ensued. A beautiful, lithe, prancing boy came belting out of his box and all heads went up - except for Sunni who kept eating. For the next hour there were ponies either being chased or chasing the stallion all over. Clashes of herds were met with shreaks of either delight or anger and hooves flew everywhere. The clicking sound of hooves meeting bone and flesh was horrible. In the midst of it all was our boy.
We could see him in the valley and suddenly we couldn't believe our eyes. The stallion had not been successful in any of his conquests and it seemed he really wasn't sure how to achieve the final result. Some older mares had rejected him on the grounds of inexperienced youth and others although appearing enticing just didn't get an end result either.
We suddenly had to watch as Sunni approached him amongst the melee and offer him his most subservient mouth movement (they open and close their lips without showing any teeth). The stallion stopped in his tracks and gave Sunni a sniff. Sunni got closer and gave him a reassuring little lick on his neck. The stallion was obviously aroused and stamped his front foot. Sunni found this fascinating and stared innocently into his face. The stallion stamped his foot again, thankfully not as hard or as high as he could have done which could have dealt Sunni a death blow!
The next thing we saw was the stallion go round the back of Sunni. Sunni looked round and at last sense got through. A fully aroused stallion who had no notches on his bedpost so far was just about to score his first success - and it wasn't going to be with a mare or filly but our boy!
My little foal blog is all about the New Forest pony foal I recued from slaughter