Tag Archives: Victorian

New Forest: old records show crime and lies do not pay

Every now and then I get the chance to sit down and read the newspaper as part of my job. Quite often though, the newspaper in question dates from the eighteenth or nineteenth centuries. These historical broadsheets make fascinating reading … Continue reading

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New Forest: celebrating a Victorian Christmas

The traditions of Christmas that many of us enjoy, such as sending Christmas cards, bringing fir trees into our homes and decorating them, and eating turkey, were not observed prior to the nineteenth century. Queen Victoria and her husband, Albert, … Continue reading

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New Forest: learning, knowing and passing it on.

For me the natural world is a place of wonder and exploration. Being in the New Forest no matter what time of day, what time of year or in what kind of weather is such a fulfilling experience. The sound … Continue reading

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New Forest: harvesting holly for Christmas.

Last month (posted December 2015), as I made my way into the New Forest to check on my ponies, I came across several contractors harvesting holly for the Christmas trade. This winter activity has long been a legitimate part of … Continue reading

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The blind man who saved the New Forest.

In the market square of Salisbury stands the statue of Henry Fawcett. Ask most people passing by whom he was or what he did to be memorialised in this way and they probably wouldn’t be able to tell you. But … Continue reading

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Stallions on the New Forest

There has been a lot of excitement on the New Forest recently due to the stallions being released onto the Open Forest. This is an annual event and, this year (2014), ten male ponies have been turned out to run … Continue reading

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New Forest: history lessons, hunting and conservation.

With the development of high-tech communication tools the world seems to be becoming a smaller place. News, images and videos from the far reaches of the world are available in an instant on your TV, computer or mobile phone. Much … Continue reading

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