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Thelwell Ponies!

The Baughurst Thelwell Ponies
The Baughurst Thelwell Ponies

These gorgeous Thelwell Ponies would often greet us as we walked down Little Aldershot Lane on our way to The Pineapple Pub in Brimpton Common.  It was only a short eight minute walk from our village of Baughurst to The Pineapple Pub and to see these Thelwell Ponies all the time was fantastic.  They were extremely well looked after.

Baby Thelwell Pony
Baby Thelwell Pony

The resident squirrel at The Pineapple Pub was often seen crawling all over his favourite tree…..

Mr Squirrel at The Pineapple Pub
Mr Squirrel at The Pineapple Pub

Robin Redbreast would often come out to say hello too!!

Robin Redbreast at The Pineapple Pub
Robin Redbreast at The Pineapple Pub

 

The Pineapple Pub, Brimptom Common, Berkshire.

With our supper already sorted for this evening (Steve has made a Beef Rendang with rice and flat breads!) and after all our jobs done, we were looking forward to a couple of quiet drinks down at our local pub, the Pineapple, at Brimpton Common.

Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Hanging baskets adorn the front of the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

We had both been to the gym earlier that morning so there wasn’t any guilt about a beverage or two.  We were extremely delighted that Robin Redbreast joined us while we were there.  He loves the beer  garden at the Pineapple.  We must remember to take a few little bits of bread for him next time we visit!

Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.
Robin Redbreast joined us for a drink at the Pineapple Pub, Brimpton Common.

So, it was very relaxing, sipping on a Stowford Press Cider in the lovely beer garden with Robin and Steve who ejoyed his pint of London Pride.

Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.
Jenny Kirwan (me!) enjoying my Stowford Press Cider in the beer garden at the Pineapple, Brimptom Common.

Boxing Day half marathon!

Boxing Day this year for me has been pretty decent.  We woke up to a magnificent sunny morning….still freezing though.  We felt we had to make the most of this sunshine (haven’t seen a lot of it lately!) and decided to go on one of our much loved long walks.  Today, we would start from Kingsclere and walk to Hannington then on the Wayfarers Path to the Gallops then down into Sydmonton, through the Lloyd-Webber Estate then on to Eccinswell and back to Kingsclere.  All up, around 22kms (13-14 miles).

So, although feeling a little seedy from a few! extra drinks yesterday, not to mention all that rich food, Steve set about making us a quick beans on toast and some yummy Christmas ham sandwiches while I washed my hair.  I made us a thermos of coffee, Steve filled the water bottle and we were off around 8:30am and were walking by 8:45am.

The day was stunning…….so sunny with only a breath of wind.  Walking conditions were sensational, although a little slippery in some spots but mostly just crunchy snow.  Didn’t see much wildlife…sheep, two hares, horses, many Robin Redbreast and a large number of other birds fighting to get the last of the berries on the trees.

We stopped for coffee on the highest point of the Gallops where the veiws were magnificent, as per usual.  By this stage, my bit of a hangover had disappeared in the chilly air and I felt amazing.

Three hours into the walk and I was starting to get tired and wanted to find a nice warm spot to curl up and sleep!!  But we were going to finish with a pint in “The George and Dragon” pub so I had to keep soldiering on……….

We were eventually in the last field before we reached Kingsclere.  The feeling we felt was that of achievement and immense satisfaction.  Four hours walking on the icy snow topped landscape was a huge effort, mentally and physically.  Fantastic!  Won’t feel guilty having that pint of Thatchers Cider!