Hello from Sunday night

August 17, 2014

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!).

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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. 😀

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Then we walked on, past the thistle sending itself into the forest…

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…and to the Whomping Willow, (which is actually a horse chestnut)…

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…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.

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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.

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And then we drove home.

Sharing with Judith and all the lovelies at Mosaic Monday.

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  • Reply tingsgrove August 18, 2014 at 1:02 am

    Sensational walk, and it looks like to me and very peaceful too. I love the quiet attitude of a forest, or wood and the wildlife doing what they do best, looking glorious 😉 Thank you for the share Veronica~

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:23 am

      Me too! 😀 I love the fields in Oxfordshire, but miss my Vancouver forests, and so this place is an ideal blend of both my worlds. 😀

  • Reply A Quiet Corner August 18, 2014 at 1:39 am

    A wonderful walk seeing all those gifts from Mother Nature!…:)JP

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:22 am

      Yes, so true. Thank you so much JP. 😀

  • Reply debrapugh August 18, 2014 at 2:35 am

    Love WHOMPING Willow, ha ha ! 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:21 am

      I know, me too! 😀 One of those child-like things which are always kept…like psghetti and spagaragus.

  • Reply Pondside August 18, 2014 at 4:20 am

    The walk must have been balm for stressed spirits after the work in the garage!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

      It sure was. But today, day two of the carport build, was full of love and smiles. 😀

  • Reply Snap August 18, 2014 at 4:50 am

    Whomping Willow is a great name for the chestnut! What a great walk! Beautiful .. in all of nature’s glory. I bet it was relaxing after all that work!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:19 am

      It was so relaxing and so needed. Even just being out there put a smile on our faces. 😀

  • Reply Pamela Gordon August 18, 2014 at 5:44 am

    A lovely walk in the woods. Love the name chosen for your favourite tree and, the yew trees are interesting. Nature can be very relaxing for a stressed life. I hope the carport build goes smoothly. 🙂

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:16 am

      Aw, thank you Pamela. Day two of carport went well. Good sense of humour and loads of love here. 😀

  • Reply daryledelstein August 18, 2014 at 5:49 am

    lovely … and your trainers match your sweater!!!!!!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:14 am

      Oh yeah! Lol, I didn’t even notice that. 😀

  • Reply Lavender Cottage August 18, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Looks like a peaceful place to walk Veronica. I guess if the new carport creates some tension you’ll be back to the forest hoping for an elusive deer to cross your path again.
    Thanks for linking to MM.

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Carport is coming along nicely. 😀 Thank you so much. And thank you for hosting Judith. 😀

  • Reply dawnsrays August 18, 2014 at 8:44 am

    What a glorious place to romp around!!

    • Reply Veronica August 18, 2014 at 9:13 am

      That’s true! Now I want to go back tomorrow. It’s similar there to the forest at my cabin and, I suppose, that’s why I love it. 😀

  • Reply Eileen August 18, 2014 at 11:59 am

    I have never heard of a Muntjac, I assume it is like our deer. I enjoy a walk in the forest, It is peaceful and like your beautiful photos always something pretty to see. Great post, have a happy week!

    BTW, thanks for the visit and comment..

  • Reply bettyl - NZ August 18, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    What a great place to walk! I love how names stick!

  • Reply chloe belanger August 18, 2014 at 5:43 pm

    Beautiful photos mom! This post makes me really miss that walk. Especially when it is all muddy! xo

  • Reply Sara v August 19, 2014 at 3:09 am

    Veronica! What a lovely walk, and C named that tree just right, it does look like the Whomping Willow 🙂 Love how you used several frames of forest for moments of listening, and meadows, is there anything more peaceful? I think the Muntjack would agree 🙂 Glad that the carport project is now coming along

  • Reply Lorrie August 19, 2014 at 10:17 am

    What a beautiful place to walk. There’s nothing like being out in the forest and hearing the wind whistle through the trees for relaxation.

  • Reply Donna@GardensEyeView August 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    What a beautiful spot and I love the name…Whomping Willow Walk!!

  • Reply tinyWOOLF August 19, 2014 at 9:14 pm

    your post(s) read like conversations, i like that. i’ve not been here, and for some reason, i really do not know why AT ALL, i’ve always thought you were canadian… and lived in canada! i mean, where did it spring from?

    here on a mission, before i scroll further down : the DC {drawing challenges} is back. come and check out our new theme. you are very welcome. n?

  • Reply Sandi August 21, 2014 at 7:17 am

    Hi Veronica,
    My, but it has been ages since I have stopped by your blog. I so enjoyed your walk through the fields and forest. I have never heard of a Muntjac. Nature does indeed have a way of helping us de-stress. Thanks for sharing and I hope the carport gets completed with no trouble at all. Take care and enjoy your day.


  • Reply vastlycurious.com August 22, 2014 at 2:14 am

    What a lovely day and woods are calming! You look so happy !

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