We checked the BBC Weather app this morning, it appeared there was a 2 hour window of dry weather before the rain set in for the day. We headed out in the car, to find somewhere to walk. As we drove from Applemore towards Beaulieu Top the heather was striking, a sea of pinks and purples. We had to stop. We spied the large free Forestry Commission car park at Yew Tree Heath and pulled in before setting off to explore the heath and Bronze Age Barrow.
Ozzy broke his little toe a couple of days ago so he hobbled along, glad to get out of the house and into the fresh air. Kitty focused on picking blackberries - there are lots about at the moment in the New Forest, though often you do have to negotiate a bit of gorse to reach the juiciest ones.
We returned home to make blackberry smoothies and as we sat down the heavens opened. It's all in the timing...
The finest way to start the day.
Here's how Yew Tree Heath looked back in January.
Yew Tree Heath location: