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- The Shrub Queen
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- Amanda Jones Crochet
- Ramblings From Jewels
- Creating my own garden of the Hesperides
- The Loopy Stitch
- Fig Jam and Lime Cordial
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- The Crafty Therapist
- Morale Fiber
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- Julia's Creative Year
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- The Contented Crafter
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- It's all in a Nutshell Crochet
- Notes From the Hinterland
- Eliza Waters
- Pink Cobwebs
- Buttercup and Bee
- the willow witch
- Life is too short to drink bad wine
- I Am Branching Out
- Well Hopper
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- Barn House Garden
- T H I M B E R L I N A
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- KDD & co
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Tag Archives: woodland walk
On Thursday, a brief break in the relentless rain saw me donning my wellies and making a dash for it – catching a walk in the sunshine before it disappeared again.
Gorse in the hedgerows is always a cheery sight.
I walked straight out across the fields and looked back towards my house across the very soggy land
But I am so lucky compared with the thousands of people who have had their lives disrupted by the floods.
Then, into the woods
I can’t quite explain the sheer joy of seeing sunshine slanting through the clumps of hazel, it made me feel like a woodland sprite skipping over sunbeams.
And the sky went all bluebell too
My whole being was soaking up all this light and joy, making up for months of grey, wind and wet.
Peeping through the trees at the fields looking so green in the sunshine
and of course the obligatory photos of lichen – I am so fascinated by this stuff – I am convinced it holds secrets and answers and healing properties as yet untapped
Moss is nearly as fascinating
but doesn’t hold the magic of lichen.
I do hope you have been able to catch some sunbeams in your neck of the woods.
Glimpses from my walk yesterday evening.
Turn the sound right up to hear the birds and the bees.
This Summer it’s all about finding shade
Last Saturday I took Master R and Little Miss M to Kingston Lacy, where there is a lot of shady woodland to explore
I just love their enthusiasm for finding leaves and bugs and beetles and the conversations they have about nature interwoven with fantasy, dragons, monsters and fairies.
And they way they burst into exuberance when faced with a long stretch of path to run – “Race you!”
The promise of ice cream
An iced coffee for Granny
Joining in with Cee’s Which Way Challenge
And Little Miss M and I clocked up another 2.5 miles towards our target of 500.
We have done 31.5 miles, only 468.5 miles to go! Can we do it!??!
It will be fun finding out!
I use Strava, an app on my iPhone, to record our distances. It is brilliant as we can see the map of our walks at the end of each one. The children have fun tracing our route and working out where we were.
Will you be going on any walks this weekend?
Continuing our bluebell walk in West Dorset …
we decided not to walk up to Thorncombe Beacon, but could see others enjoying the view
a perfect day for a paraglide
Click on any picture to see it larger.
We climbed the hill and over the stile
and as we turned inland, Westerly views towards Devon
(Click on the link for other good walking routes along the coast path.)
We took time to smell the blossom in the hedgerow, I think this is a wild plum
we must return in September to find out.
Through the gate, with a look over our shoulders at that glorious scene, saying farewell to the sea we continue
onward through more bluebell woods
to marvel at the way the light plays through the trees,
joining Cee’s Flower of the Day
Magic all around us
A time to stop and breathe and notice how all the senses are tingling with pure joy, blessings counted, smiles exchanged between friends and for at least the hundredth time we say how lucky we are to live here……
Last Sunday I met a couple of friends for a bluebell extravaganza of a walk!
The path took us through deep dark woods
Joining Cee’s Which Way Challenge
and lighter glades where the light was stunningly, beautifully, softly, frothily romantic
We stopped at Down House Farm
and sat out in the garden
Oh what a joyful day, the sun shone, the air was sweet, the sky was blue, our batteries were well and truly recharged …..
to be continued …………
footpath flows along
hard to tear myself away
from this special place
This is my entry for our ‘One-a-Week’ Photo Challenge: GATE
Ronovan’s Weekly Haiku Challenge: FLOW and TEAR
Cee’s Which Way Challenge
The 10 minute walk down the valley from the treehouse that I was staying in, leads to the Pembrokeshire Coastal Path, which you can see making its way towards Solva, going right past that Iron Age Hill Fort. The gate is to keep the grazing ponies in, this side of the gate.
More tales from the Treehouse:
To get to the public footpath from the Treehouse one needs to wiggle down through Elizabeth’s garden. The footpath runs from the National Trust car park near the road, straight down to the sea.
The treehouse can be seen from the path. More agile walkers have obviously chosen a quicker route by sliding down the bank.
Soon one enters the ancient unmanaged little piece of woodland
with the music of the stream beside you turning the walk into a dance
until you get to the ‘bridge’, which is tempting to cross, to follow in the fairies’ footsteps.
Hear the sound of the stream in this post……
Creatures pop out to say hello
and there are artful lichen arrangements on nearly every branch.
After passing the serenity of the old Millpond
you pass through a gate
and catch your first sight of the sea
Each time I walked that path, I stopped here and just noticed the change of atmosphere from an enclosed cosy woodland walk to this …….. the promise of that feeling of opening up, of expansion, that the next few steps will bring …… the moment of transition, I find there is power in that moment.
And then …. ooof!
Breathe deep, what a view.
The GATE in the very first photo lies just to the left, around the curve of the hill.
People used to live in this valley, you can still see the ruins of an old mill, and then further back in time, our ancestors, maybe even my ancestors, lived on the hill fort – what a place to live.
I had the valley more or less to myself for a whole month! what a feeling! I woke each morning with a smile on my face, not quite able to believe I had given myself this wonderful treat.
Next week’s Photo Prompt is
I’m really looking forward to your ‘GATE’ photos, please leave a link in the comments.
Sunlight on branches Noticed by Little Miss M Looking up, not down
and another Haiku insists on joining in
Low winter sunlight Bouncing around high branches Copper glowing rays
Week 3 of the 52 week photo challenge hosted by BlueDaisyz I’m enjoying this! – I know it is still only week 3, but so far …… a joy! And now I’m noticing a few other regular themes on other blogs: Five on Friday, Fashion Friday, Paint Party Friday hmmm something about Fridays …… …. .. Ah! here’s a Tuesday challenge: Stick it Down Tuesday
The picture above, my ‘Light’ picture, was taken on a walk in the woods with my daughter and her 3 littlies. We were all looking down at tree stumps, ferns and the signs of squirrel activity and we noticed Little Miss M, aged 2, sitting astride a log, looking up transfixed, smiling at the sunlight on the branches and the patterns against the sky. Choosing this picture for the 52 week challenge, has made me think …..
What about: Walk on Wednesday, Wednesday Walks, Wandering Wednesday, A Wednesday Walk, We walk on Wednesday – what to name it?
I’ve gone for Wednesday Walks, but please let me know if you think of another better, more inviting title. I will post walks from the past and present – no rules. And it might give me that extra little push I need some days to get out there for a walk, after cosy hours with the crochet hook.
It would be great if you would like to join me in posting pictures of your favourite walks and we can link up in blogland. I’d love to hear what you think of the idea. . . . .