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Black Fox Woodland Produce is a local company, set up my my husband's cousin and his father. When I heard they were burning charcoal I legged it down there as fast as I could to catch part of the burning process.
Regular joiners-in will recognise instantly where this weeks HDYGG photos come from, my Mother's garden. I always LOVE visiting my mums garden...
Last time there was a frosty morning we headed to Hatchet Pond, this time I parked at Hatchet Pond and walked along the road towards Brockenhurst. It was -1 degrees and after half an hour I realised that I must invest in some decent welly socks and remember in future to pack my thermos...
This was the perfect weekend walk. A before-brunch walk-turned-wallow-in-muddy-puddles. Kitty joined me, happy to be spending time together. She grumbled numerous times in the past week about how having to go to school was impacting on our walks together.!
A few photos from my mothers house which I took at the weekend. The first three are from my mums kitchen. For me it's all about those tiles. Individually collected from car boots sales over time, they don't match but they do work.
On Friday, this Friday, I'll be boarding a plane to Kenya with Penny and Tanya as we travel to visit projects supported by Comic Relief for the third year running.
If getting our kids out into nature is a search for perfection, or is one more chore, then the belief in perfection and the chore defeats the joy. It’s a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it’s even better if the adult and child learn about nature together. And it’s a lot more fun.
I've driven the road to Beaulieu from Blackfield many times, spying cars parked in impromptu gravel areas on the side of the road in one spot in particular (which isn't signed so I have no idea of it's actual name, sorry).
On the soft west-wind and his frolic peers; Nor will I then thy modest grace forget,Chaste Snowdrop, venturous harbinger of Spring, And pensive monitor of fleeting years!
Commanding the high point on the chalk ridge south-east of Salisbury, Pepperbox Hill is topped by an early example of a brick folly. Thought to have been built by Giles Eyre of Brickworth House, it may have served as a viewpoint for ladies following the hunt, a haunt for highwaymen and a lookout post for the home guard.
Sunny weekend mornings, no school, those are a few of my favourite things. And Kitty's. Day 10s walk was a bit of 'girl time', just he two of us. I like to talk, Kitty LOVES to talk, a regular little chatterbox. We walked for 45 minutes before she stopped talking and that was only because she was getting out of breath...
Kitty is shy 6 year old girl, as regular readers will know. She likes the simple things in life, drawing, story writing and making things. What she doesn't like is having her photo taken. One of the things I have discovered lately thanks to joining in with this Living Arrows weekly photo prompt, is what helps to bring her out of her shell - being given a camera and encouraged to take photographs.
Kitty has taken to running off ahead. She loves to sing but hates anyone to hear her sing - including her family, so she runs ahead and I hear the soft sound of her voice drifting back to me. She always seems so tiny compared to the trees...
I popped along to local Furzey Gardens yesterday for some Winter garden mooching. Last time I visited it was August (see here) and at this time of year gardens tend not to offer the boom-chikka-wow-wow of the Summer months but that doesn't mean they don't have lots of other sights to see.