135. Half Moon Common, Furzley, New Forest

Fungi growing at Half Moon Common, Furzley

Fungi growing at Half Moon Common, Furzley

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.

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

 Half Moon Common, Furzley

Half Moon Common

Half Moon Common

Felled trees at  Half Moon Common, Furzley

Felled trees at  Half Moon Common, Furzley

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.

Half Moon Common

Half Moon Common

Half Moon Common

Half Moon Common

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.

Rusty coloured ferns

Rusty coloured ferns

The morning dew on Autumnal ferns

The morning dew on Autumnal ferns

Exploring  Half Moon Common, Furzley

Exploring  Half Moon Common, Furzley

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 Lamb Inn

The Bell Inn (a bit pricy)

The Green Dragon


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