The weekend was spent in the New Forest, a small national park in the South of England. The scenery is breathtaking and a huge bonus, bordering on the sea!
My peace and calm is found near the water. The waves crashing, finding shells, the wind blowing away cobwebs… I love it all!
Melody was in her element too, taking artsy pictures, identifying every part of left over crab.
A tradition is for us to drink an afternoon tea.. although this time I was quite happy with a cream tea instead! Delicious scone with just the right tangy jam and cream. All in a lovely little cafe near a farm shop.
But it was not really the ultimate destination of our trip. We wanted to explore the New Forest, and see the wild ponies!
So after a night in a nice hotel, overlooking a cricket stadium, we set off.
After a little driving around, we finally spotted some ponies, and then more! Such beautiful animals! And all roaming free in the park. Most were standing around in little groups. We were able to get quite close.
What an awesome life they lead! A whole forest to roam around, able to go where they want to go. Sleeping, eating, walking. No rules… well, almost no rules.. in order to keep the flock healthy and manageable we read that the free ones are all female. Males are only around a few months a year, as they don’t want the flock to grow beyond about 3000. Still, they are able to roam and enjoy!
Reminds me of the invitation Jesus gives to all of us. We can all be free! Free from bondage of sin. All we have to do is accept His saving grace. It will allow us to change and be like Him. Free!
I was born in a world of sin, but am now free, just like the ponies in the New Forest. What about you?