This always happens, and, we really should know better.
Towards the end of the summer, Robert and I go a bit mental and take on a huge home project. This weekend we decided to build a carport against the end of the garage and this required chopping down a huge damson plum, moving ton’s of wood and Jaguar car parts out of the way, and general over-the-top energy expenditure.
By Sunday afternoon we were gonners (British for tired/moodswingy/divorce central!).
We took a walk in one of our favourite places, The Whomping Willow Walk. The Whomping Willow is actually a huge horse chestnut, but Chloe named it that when she was about 9yrs old, and the name stuck.
I tend to trip over four leaf clovers and find them everywhere, but felt lucky to find this one because we usually see deer in this area, and it felt like a good omen to me.
And just as we walked into the forest, there he was! A beautiful little muntjac deer walked across our path.
We stopped instantly, but he noticed us and bounded into the forest.
I stood up on a stump and tried to look for him, but he was well camouflaged in the bracken and grasses.
I stood there for some time listening to the bird song and the rustle of the great trees and bracken in the wind.
Then we walked on, past the thistle sending itself into the forest…
…and to the Whomping Willow, (which is actually a horse chestnut)…
…and past the Whomping Willow to the alley of yews.
Someone must have planted these yews years ago. They are so huge and make a dark bower over head. Someone keeps a small, child-like fort under one of the yews. It has a few stumps for a table and chairs and a woven branch roof. Chloe used to pretend it was fairies inviting children to have a play.
We walked to the end of the yew alley and turned back for home.
On our way out of the forest, we spied the muntjac grazing in the field. The wind was howling and we were upwind from him, so he didn’t notice us at all. We watched him graze all the way back up the path past the wildflowers.
And then we drove home.
Sharing with Judith and all the lovelies at Mosaic Monday.