If you ask me, which of course you didn't, you can't beat a good walk before Sunday lunch. The stroll of choice this morning was around the Half Moon Common area at Furzley in the New Forest. It was one of those mornings where I excitedly asked who wanted to come for a walk only to have the children point blank refuse. Not that I complained, as much as I love them, some 'me time' is always welcome, especially at the moment. I left the house with my head spinning with how much building work / home work projects (model of the Titanic anyone?!) / and just how did Christmas creep up on me so fast - and a I returned with a clear head and a big grin.
Lured out initially by the fog on Penn Common, I was slightly despondent to find that over at nearby Half Moon Common there wasn't much fog at all, but the abundance of crispy brown ferns and contrasting holly berries. I don't really 'do' Christmas until at least mid-December but seeing so many holly berries on my walk did give me a bit of a festive feel.
It only seems like last month that there was an abundance of green ferns coiled up, unfurling slowly - they still look beautiful now though, a lovely rusty colour.
Like most of The New Forest at the moment, you are going to need welly boots or waterproof sturdy walking boots if you are going to explore off the beaten tracks.
There are a couple of small lay-bys long the lane to get onto Half Moon Common and there's usually one or two other cars about and a dog walker or two.
Local Pubs that serve food (should you fancy the walk but not the cooking of dinner!):
The Bell Inn (a bit pricy)