Fog-Drenched Wild Ponies of the New Forest!

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 A few weeks back on our way to the Isle of Wight with friends, we drove through the New Forest.  Unwittingly, unsuspectingly!

The rain lashed down furiously that morning as we passed the wild ponies that have come to be characteristic of the Hampshire woodlands; standing as silent sentinels watching the passage of time and traveller through the millennia. And I’m a dreamer, a hungry, insatiable one who’s constantly in search of the new, untouched and unblemished experiences that I haven’t tasted yet; and one who also has the pleasure and privelege of raising a daughter who is in that sense similar.

Driving through this beautiful, yet daunting geography on that grey and tidal day, I began to view Rahel’s small and chiseled face in Picasso’s reductive terms  –  her heartshaped face with its aquiline nose; her strong almond eyes condescending on her thin, small mouth now filled with emotion. In my mind’s eye, I’ve come to view that scene as one from a pastoral landscape, with the characters and their idealized desire for the unity of man and nature, a restoration with the Divine – a hairsbreadth’s distance, an abysmal divide!  I believe that being there made me feel that all we were or are is nothing more than a group of dust covered vagrants, passing through bare, intermediate landscapes! Maybe that’s what being confronted with the magnitude of nature does to us… so this morning, armed with coffee, camera and just one lens, I went back to capture a little of something we might never see the same way in more clement weather!

Here are these ancient steeds of the south photographed on a desperately foggy, damp,  5˚ C day!

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

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wild ponies, wild horses, new forest, hampshire, travel, monochrome, black and white

*This is my attempt at capturing a family moment, and I dedicate these ten photographs to  my Rahel…for being a fellow dreamer and a believer in the delicate beauty of wild horses!

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Nostalgic Minimilism~That pretty much sums up homestyle for me!

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I came across the #GreatBritishHome Challenge and began thinking of what my personal homestyle is! That’s some serious thinking for someone like me and for various reasons :)  One (probably the biggest) is that I move every few years and hence have the opportunity to reinvent it altogether. Two – I’m absolutely opposed to waste; both money and goods. Three, I love design. Period! Though I would put myself down as someone who strongly prefers streamlined minimilism over wadded ornamentation, I’m a great enthusiast about almost every design period in history. We would be extremely myopic in assuming that ‘modern’ is synonymous with original!

If I had to sum up my style in one word, I would say *Ikea’esque*! Not because I shop there and it’s an ubiquitous entity that’s all pervasive in western decor…but because in my world, it stands as a symbol of the democratizing of design for the masses. It’s where world-class designers created an aesthetic that could filter down affordably and recyclably (think wood chip) to the greater populace.

Being one of those who lives by flights of fancy ~having eaten off paper plates in a small, yet indulgent flurry of “Street-food” themed nights with friends; toyed with Orla Kiely melamine (if only to override the subsconscious screams of protest at the cheaper kinds), and played “Mother “with my precious, if limited quantities of Denby and Spode; I’d say that being fickle comes at a price, and one I’m not inclined to pay. Here again is why ‘Ikea’ works as a larger symbol of my lifestyle choice. For a modest sum, one can redesign and reinvent my entire aesthetic, and afford to be clumsy too, it’s like I was the protype demographic the company designed for! Trying to get me to be stable and have a set, inflexible home-style is about as productive as starting to learn Swedish without accepting humbly that S,K,Y,N,D actually go together, often in that precise order…

Monochrome, minimilist, personalspace, flowers, uncluttered, scandinavian chic
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I have my design favourites – Normann Copenhagen, Anthropologie, Marimekko, Muuto Design and Ferm Living, and a bit of all populate my very personal space. I pay attention to the light that flows through my house and my design choices are heavily influenced by that…I relish pops of colour in a mostly neutral, monochrome environment!

I’m a homebody– in many ways I’m primitively territorial about my home. There’s more joy eating in than eating out for us, it’s my comfort and my playground. It’s where my children make their memories and their dreams; where the foundation is laid for our future as a family! Home is that lovely person who knows your favourite food and makes your best drinks. Home is always the place where the best seats are reserved for you!

This post was also one of the *winners*of the #GreatBritishHome Challenge! :)

“This post is an entry for the #GreatBritishHome Challenge  sponsored by Victoria Plumb, a source of quality bathrooms for every type of home. Take its “What’s Your Celebrity Home Style?” quiz to discover what your home says about you.” My result was Towie Glamour, having never watched the series, I’m hoping that that’s a compliment, though a designer onesie is desirably on my wishlist 😉

 

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