Saturday, 30 January 2016

A walk in the woods


I am stripping very old wall paper from our hall today. I am really quite ashamed of our 
hall. We have lived in the house 15 years and we have yet to decorate the hall. 
Sadly, the hall looked pretty shabby when we moved in, badly applied wallpaper, which 
overlapped in places and painted a dirty beige. Over the years we have even stuck photos 
and Christmas decorations up using blue tac which then took away some of the paper 
when we tried to remove them!! So you can imagine how bad it looks.

Anyway, this morning while stripping paper the sun just kept calling me to go outside, 
to go outside and enjoy the bright day. So that is what I did!

We live in a town in  the Midlands: our house is almost at the top of a hill. 
The hedge at the bottom of our garden marks the boundary for the town. 
This is the view of our back garden (goals, rebound nets and washing lines included!). 
My destination was the wood at the top of the picture. You can just make out a greenish
path working its way diagonally across the field from bottom left.

 So I'll take you with me on my walk into the wood.

This area will be a carpet of blue once the bluebells are in bloom. 

I'm pretty sure this tree must be home to some of the woodpeckers we see in the garden 
(green and lesser spotted). They are such shy birds. 

For some reason we always walk round this wood anti-clockwise, 
today we 'branched out' and walked it clockwise! 
We can't be accused of not being adventurous!

Reminders that we are not far from urban life. 

A short diversion into the science park. 

I must come back when the daffodils are in bloom.

What a super place to sit in the summer at lunchtime and contemplate...

Back into the woods. 

The sight of this tree brings back memories of the children and how they used to love to climb on it and make the horizontal branches wobble.  

Tiny homes for tiny woodland folk.  

We are very lucky to have such a beautiful wood so close to explore and enjoy.

And for completeness, here is the view from the front of the house. 
We can see right across the roof tops of town to the countryside beyond. 

It always feels like we live in a house which has its front in town 
and its back in the country!

I hope you enjoyed that short walk, making the most 
of the winter sun and our local wood. 

Wishing you an enjoyable weekend.
Has it been sunny with you too? 


  1. I enjoyed that woodland walk! How perfect having that on your back door step so to speak. We had sunshine for half of the day today. I'm not complaining! x

  2. Just delightful to join you on your woodland walk. I'd love to join you again when the bluebells and daffodils are in flower.

  3. Lucky you, Caz! What a wonderful place to live in. I can almost feel the quiet and the fresh air.

  4. My goodness, you are so close to the woods! How lovely! X

  5. What a wonderful walk in the woods! Incredible fungi pictures. Much nicer to get out than be stripping wallpaper which I know is no fun! I am sure that it will be great when it is done. xx

  6. Your walk was lovely, good luck with that wall paper.

  7. No sun here, it was very cold and windy on Saturday. It's lovely to have the best of both worlds, town and country xx

  8. What a lovely spot you live in, it's so nice to be close to the countryside. The woodland walk is wonderful, lucky you having such a nice place to explore. I saw some similar fungus yesterday, it seems to be doing well in all of the wet weather we've been having. CJ xx

  9. I have enjoyed that walk immensely!
    You do live both in town and in country!
    How fun and interesting.
    We don't have anything like that in Chicago unfortunately.
    Thank You

  10. How lucky to be so close to the wilderness!

  11. How wonderful to have the woods on your doorstep, a lovely way to escape. A carpet of bluebells, now there's a phrase which makes me conjure up happy images.
    Lisa x

  12. I did enjoy that, thank you. Not much woodland in the far south west. I miss the trees sometimes. How lucky that you have one on your doorstep. And woodpeckers....
    Leanne x

  13. What a lovely place to walk - and great to have it so close to home too!


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