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Sunday, 28 December 2008


Somewhere in the New Forest at about GR225025 on mapOL22, there are two strange trees on the horizon. We went out this morning to take advantage of the amazingly fine sunny weather. It has been going on for three days now. On Christmas Day we walked the beach, on Boxing Day we climbed St Catherine's Hill north of Christchurch in Dorset and admired the views of the Avon Valley and out to sea and today we walked a small section of footpaths in the New Forest National Park. The New Forest is an ancient area of heathland, grassy patches, mixed woodland, some plantations, some hamlets and fenced farmland. This is all inhabited by hundreds of New Forest Ponies and occasional deer. The cars take care to stop for the ponies which cross the road with complete disregard for other road users.

We crossed Goatspen Plain, greeted ponies in Clayhill Bottom and climbed Clayhill to return to the car via the lane and came across these.

Incredible mobile phone towers, designed to mimic the local mixed woodland. Of course, they do not look like trees close up but from a distance they blend very well and are a great improvement on the urban ones I have seen. Scroll back to the first pic and see if you can pick them out.
Has anyone seen any more of these? I'm wondering if they are a special initiative for National Parks. If so they get my vote.

The ponies are very placid and we crossed the paths of a few as we walked. They amble out of the way just as you get to them.
In order to undertake this sojourn south for Christmas and the New Year, Tigger has been installed in the Cat Hilton at Gainsford, otherwise known as Whinfield Cattery. It is a wonderful place and I feel content that she is being well cared for even though I'm sure that is not her viewpoint and she will let me know all the way home to the new cottage. We still have a walled garden, albeit much smaller, but hope to get to work on it in the spring and fill the window boxes on all the front, south-facing window sills with blossoming plants.

Happy New Year to all,
Cheers Gillian and Tigger


Anonymous said...

Those trees are hilarious! Cleverly done as well. What a fun entry! Tigger is beautiful, and has such lovely markings on her tail. Aww. xx

sue said...

Imagine having to look out for ponies on your drive around town. I guess we are used to the kangaroos popping out every now and then so it probably isnt any different although the roos can surprise you. Tigger's eyes look so beautifully green in that photo. I hope to hear lots from what you have been up to after the New Year too.

chillsider said...

Dongle query
This is apparently a sort of variation on a mobile phone device which one pokes into an appropriate appature of laptop, and then, when far away from home, one can get on the web, and email etc. So the man says.
A sort of different aerial, without leaves?

Heide said...

Fabulous attempts at keeping the skyline looking natural. Are you moving again? If so will you still be part of the Raby (sp?) estate or will you be elsewhere?