Evening photos: The New Forest, England

Lyndhurst is one of the most popular villages in the New Forest. Picture: Alamy

NFThere are over 1,500 ancient or veteran trees in the New Forest, some of which may be over 1,000 years old. Picture: Getty

NF-bluebellsBluebells in the New Forest. Picture: AP

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  • Really pretty Frau. If only England actually were sunny, ever, I’d want to go back and visit it.

    The New Forest is the place where William II (Rufus), the second Norman king of England, was (probably) murdered. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_II_of_England#Death

    Interestingly enough his older brother died there too. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_of_Normandy

    These hunting accidents can be a bitch.

    • Frau Katze

      Why do they call it the “New Forest” since it seems to be quite old?

      • According to this, from the early 12th c.: “Now, reader, let me explain why the forest … is called ‘new’. That part of the country had been populous in earlier days, and was scattered with hamlets providing support for settlers. Indeed a dense population thoroughly tilled the county of Hampshire, so that the southern district provided the city of Winchester with all kinds of country produce. But after William I conquered the realm of England, so great was his love of woods that he laid waste more than 60 parishes, forced the peasants to move to other places, and replaced the men with beasts of the forest so that he might hunt to his heart’s content. There he lost two sons, Richard and William Rufus, and his grandson Richard … by which the Lord plainly showed his anger (Ecclesiastical history, edited by Marjorie Chibnall, vol. 5, page 285).”

        http://www.domesdaybook.net/helpfiles/hs1060.htm

        • Frau Katze

          I see. It was new a long time ago! Thanks for the update!

    • AlanUK

      “If only England actually were sunny …”

      Come on, Black Mamba that’s being a bit careless with the actuals!
      Since the first picture is of Lyndhurst (i.e. not my choice) let’s look at the facts from the Met. Office:

      http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/public/weather/climate/gcnckhuz6
      Between 1981 and 2010:
      The annual average was 1766.7 hours pa or 4.84 hours per day
      For each month from Mar to Oct (inclusive) sunshine was over 100 hours
      Fort each month from May to Aug (inclusive) sunshine was over 200 hours.
      Seems to me that is not too bad for sunshine!

      • I’ve lived there.

        Sometimes I dream of grey and wake up screaming. 🙁

        • AlanUK

          Better than dreaming of a tropical paradise and wake up with a temperature of -40 deg.

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  • AlanUK

    Frau Katze
    You have to remember that England has a history that goes back a few years before 1776! Or even 149& when John Cabot (Italian but under commission from Henry VII of England) landed on American soil.

    • Frau Katze

      I know that but I figured such a name might evolve over time. Looks like a nice spot, whatever you call it.

      • AlanUK

        It most certainly is. I had to go down to Marchwood occasionally when I was gainfully employed and a summer evening in the New Forest was a delight.