Wildlife in the streets.
All over the New Forest animals roam freely.
The area is famous for the wild ponies, but cattle, pigs & deer can be seen all over and in many of the villages ponies and donkeys wander around the streets. Another charming aspect of the New Forest.
In Beaulieu there are several donkeys, a particular mother and her baby regularly wander from the picnic area to a shop where the owner keeps a bucket of water for them. In the photo you can see her coming from her shop to refill the empty bucket.
The dog and its owner seem a bit bemused!
Beaulieu, which is pronounced Bewley, is a very old and picturesque little village on the south coast of England in the New Forest. This is an area set aside by William the Conquerer in about 1079 as a Royal hunting area. I think Beaulieu is one of the prettiest villages in the area, set on the banks of the Beaulieu River.
It's also the home of Lord Montagu's estate which houses the National Motor Museum, has Palace House, the Montagu family's home, and the Abbey Ruins. This estate is open to the public.
The village High Street has lovely old houses and some interesting shops, a garden centre which is worth looking around, and The Montagu Arms, a fine old pub with bars, excellent restaurants and accommodation.