Winter walk

Seeing the world through the eyes of children is pure joy, especially when making the most of the Winter sunshine on a December weekend. I’m lucky to have this lovely walk from my housewalk1

this south facing hedge catching all of the warmth, with the oak trees still holding onto their leaves

My daughter and I took Miss E, Master R and Miss M for a lovely walk with their cousins big bro and little bro  – 5 grandchildren all together – happy Granny!

Ages ranging from 2 to 7 – precious! They all took little containers out with them to collect things to make a picture when we got back, and were delighted to find Oak Apple Galls. We never did get to make the picture as other things took over, but it was a fun focus for a while.

Grannyism: How to recognise an oak tree …….


An oak tree has a bark like an elephant’s skin and is all knees and elbows, accompanied with a demo of knees and elbows all bendy and and sticking out.

Spotting tracks:walk13

and we even flushed a couple of deer out of the bushes and watched them bound away bouncing over the maize stubble.


which the boys pulled up for a sword fight, whilst Miss E helped big bro’s little bro look for interesting things


and found some amazing fungi




just sitting there on the bare earth (Edit 30.Dec.14: just discovered that it is Orange Peel fungus and apparently edible although not tasty – I won’t be trying it – it is still there, saw it again yesterday)walk6

and masses of enormous mole hills, great for stamping on


all in a row following the lines of stubble


onto a track, then


a race to the top



when 2 year olds needed a ride


before turning for home


under the fairy archDSC_0239 DSC_0242


looking for Granny’s house in the distance

and home for hot chocolate – glorious!

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