After night shift I sometimes like to chill out by the water for a few minutes before home to sleep. The ferry is on it's way to France and if you look in front of the boat between it and the tall mast you will see Corfe Castle in the distance on the Isle of Purbeck. ( It is the castle that inspired Enid Blyton and she called it Kirrin castle ). The boat makes a quite big bow wave as it goes through and scatters all the sea birds away for a few minutes.
This afternoon we had what we had hoped would be a gentle stroll on Purbeck. We walked onto the Kilwood reserve near East Creech. This was a general view as we walked along the track and you can see some deer grazing in the field. Lots of butterfly's and heard one or two Woodpeckers and saw a Green woodpecker. It's a small reserve but very nice and plenty of insects and butterflys and wild flowers.
The other side of the reserve was a style into this chaps's field. We crossed the field with no bother from him and passed into a woodland with a narrow winding path which was not fenced off so the horse had access to it too. As we sauntered along we suddenly heard thundering hooves coming towards us, turned to be faced with this horse galloping at full pelt along the track towards us, we jumped off the track and used a tree for protection and he flew past us at a cracking pace! A little disconcerted we carried on when he had done a circuit and gone back into his field, a few minutes later he did it again and another tree had to be used to hide behind! By this time we had decided not to go back across the field, so after much scrambling managed to find another track and did a big circle back to the car. I have never been so close to a galloping horse and it was so powerful, even though he wasn't a huge horse. I have not been nervous of them before but this one spooked me a bit!
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