I wrote this almost a week to the day ago but have had some trouble getting the photos onto it…
We took advantage of a dry morning yesterday to bring the donkeys home from their summer grazing. It was a nice excuse to have a walk through the woods which we don’t really get time for normally.
Once we were off the main roads and onto the foot paths the donkey were (mostly) happy enough to wander along enjoying some of the taster bits of grazing the woods have to offer;
The woods down into the valley and out the other side are very different;
Once you are down into the base of the valley then it is dark and much cooler than the top of the hills, even in summer. You can see signs of how the wood would have been when the area was a Royal hunting ground and of the industries that have let their scare on the landscape. There are signs of old coppice and of the wild boar that are spreading out and up the hill.
To the right of this photo is a patch dug over by the wild boar and to the right is the entrance to an old mine, now ‘capped’ and hardly more than what looks like a pile of rocks fallen from the bank above.
For the whole of the walk the sound of flowing water followed us and the signs of the recent heavy rain fall was everywhere;
There was some more photo showing the water-logged ground but wordpress seems to have changed their system for uploading photos and I am not sure how the new one works. A few days after the donkey came home part of our walk was completely flooded to over half way up car depth so our timing was chosen well!
Lovely post, Poppy. It looks like you had a heavenly day for your donkey walk, sun to warm your backs and I bet the smell of the forest was fantastic too! I’ve really enjoyed looking at your photos, very evocative for a city dweller like me; this must be close to what people envisage for a simple country life, forgetting for a moment the hard work you do all year round!
Thank you Caro, it was a nice walk. When we took them out to their summer grazing it rained heavily from as soon as we got far enough down the road to make it not worth turning back