The New Forest

The New Forest

This is an ancient place, a remnant of old England, where ponies stop the traffic and donkeys look into shop windows, while pigs rummage in the woods in the acorn season. Things are different here! Past traditions still flourish, ‘commoners’ graze their animals overseen by a court of ‘verderers’ assisted by ‘agisters’! After 900 years, though still owned by the Crown, it’s now an open National Park.

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A Night with Nightingales

A Night with Nightingales

On a still, clear May evening in a wood in East Sussex the fire crackles as a group of people, including my daughter and son-in-law,  chat together. Why have they come to this secret location at this time of night? Even more strange is that some of them have brought some musical instruments with them? What’s going on? 

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