A Weekend Diary

…words and images from England's green and pleasant land…

A New Forest summer evening’s ramble…

Lovely weather for the most part in England at present, and on Thursday evening about a dozen of us went for a post-work six mile ramble in the New Forest, a circular walk starting and ending at the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub, and here are some of the resulting pictures….

Forestry Commission sign at The Rufus Stone

Forestry Commission sign at The Rufus Stone

And here follows the not entirely credible story of the Rufus Stone...;)

And here follows the not entirely credible story of the Rufus Stone…;)

RufusStone2

RufusStone3

A Queen Elizabeth II post-box encountered on the way round...

A Queen Elizabeth II post-box encountered on the way round…

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Pine trees and a foxglove...

Pine trees and a foxglove…

Some of my fellow-ramblers...

Some of my fellow-ramblers…

We encountered surprisingly little bird-song on the way round, but there were cattle...

We encountered surprisingly little bird-song on the way round, but there were cattle…

...including this wary youngster...

…including this wary youngster…

...and a pony or two...

…and a pony or two…

A reflective linger by a lake...

A reflective linger by a lake…

The beer garden of the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub, where we enjoyed a post-ramble meal and drink....

The beer garden of the Sir Walter Tyrrell pub, where we enjoyed a post-ramble meal and drink….

The front of the Sir Walter Tyrrell, shortly before we left for home around half-nine in the evening...

The front of the Sir Walter Tyrrell, shortly before we left for home around half-nine in the evening…

…and this photo was taken a few days earlier in Titchfield…

A bee collecting pollen...

A bee collecting pollen…

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