Posts Tagged ‘Mothers Day’

“The old grey donkey, Eeyore stood by himself in a thistly corner of the Forest.”
-A.A.Milne –

This blog could have ended up being all about Buddy and his wonderful eyes if I hadn’t ventured off into the New Forest to document the plight of some very disturbed Donkeys. Thankfully the important issue of the Donkeys and their fragile lives took over although I will share some of Buddy so that he doesn’t get left out!

The New Forest is famed for the ‘wild’ ponies that roam the land but here and there it also houses the odd donkey or two and various different colours and mental states of Cows. The animal life in the Forest was quite clearly of a special kind.

That’s right – these Donkeys appeared to be struggling with some kind of melancholy feeling. They were rather adept at resting their heads on the wooden poles in the ground – in fact they seemed to be there for the sole purpose of Donkey Perching!

Like any well-trained neighbourhood watch, the Donkeys soon noticed that I was snapping shots of them from a distance and looked up to level me with the most evil of glares…

Before I knew it the lens was filled with the colour of fluffy donkey fur and I had no choice but to put the camera down and stop with the publicity. Those donkeys are pretty intimidating creatures!

The donkeys returned to their perching acts and the explorations through the Forest continued to discover a cow all by itself, stood up on a grassy bank!

I don’t want to put anyone off of visiting the New Forest because it is truly beautiful – but there was definitely something strange lingering in the air today! However there is also something very quaint and altogether different about driving over cattle grids and all of a sudden behind immersed in the very Forest itself.

The New Forest is a huge area of Heath and Pasture land in the South of England. It was created as a Royal Forest in 1079 by William I for royal hunting. The Forest covers 219 square miles – which is why it’s completely easy to believe that my colleague at work struggles to find employment opportunities for our New Forest based clientele because most of the land is – empty!

I thought the above image was quite fitting since it’s Mothers Day – and already most of the cows, sheep and horses (of the female kind) are Mothers. I didn’t give my Mother this picture as a present though, she might not have appreciated the intention! My sister and I arranged for flowers, a DVD (The Help which is amazing!) and a book. Of course not forgetting some chocolate too!

Apart from that rather unplanned visit to the Forest I spent some time in the sunshine this morning with Buddy, who was quite baffled at being made to perch on the steps. He often sits as he was pictured at the beginning of this blog – which is altogether quite weird! The Sunshine made for some beautiful colours…

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“Love is in the rain”
― Yuslia Anggraeni

The rain has arrived – I doubt it will be enough to stave the impeding Hose Pipe bans coming into play at the beginning of April but maybe it will be enough to bring out a few more Spring blooms in aid of Photography! The meadow has been a fine indication of the fact that the water levels this year are not what they should be. The meadow is in fact a water meadow and most of it is quite squelchy underfoot at this time of year with the areas around the lakes usually quite a bit saturated. This year however, the ground is hard and the water levels in the lakes is very low.

I have a lot to do today – so I started the morning off by cooking breakfast for everybody and then heading into the garden with the camera. It was cold rain, and lots of it! So I didn’t linger for too long. Plus Buddy thought it was great having a playmate outside and decided to jump around in the mud (yes more than usual!) I don’t know if anyone else with dogs has had the same occurence – but Buddy has found a bronze statue of a sitting dog that we have on a sideboard in the dining room. He quite obviously recognises it as a dog and tries his best to get up to inspect it closer. He shows no interest in anything else – just this dog. Strange or normal?!

I find Yellow tulips to be incredibly “un-photogenic.” They are vibrant that’s for sure but they just seem to blend in seamlessly with anything behind him and lack severely in contrast. So my once yellow tulips have been turned blue for the purposes of ehancing the raindrops. I do love photoshop sometimes, it does have its uses. Oh and Red…

The rest of the day will no doubt be spent putting the final touches to my law assignment and listing things for sale on Ebay – it’s free listing this weekend! I wanted to say thank you for all the comments, ‘likes’ and followers I’ve somehow managed to pick up over the past few weeks. I do get around to replying to most if not all things that come my way and I spend a few hours catching up on the blogs in my inbox as well – but I don’t get to say thank you a much as I would like. So, Thank You! Hope all my readers/viewers have a fantastic weekend. If you celebrate then Happy Saint Patrick’s Day and to all those Mothers out there I hope tomorrow is a special day.

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