Ladders in their tights

Category: Wendy's Wanderings 01 November 2011

 

Wendy Noton

Am I being too early in wishing you all a hearty Christmas? I hope it goes well for you. My Wanderings this month focus on the joy of woods. When the wind is wild, the rain lashing down, there is always something interesting to be found in our woods. One of our favourite travel conversations is ‘What would you do with your own wood?’. There are often signs locally: ‘Woods for sale’. And indeed what are we allowed to do with these protected havens? If anything.

We were walking locally recently in woods near us and were greeted with a herd of 5 deer, they defect here from Sherborne Castle Estate, our neighbour once had one in her garden, a treat indeed. Foraging in woods locally I come across cobnuts, mushrooms, the end of the blackberries, firewood and an owl hooting... at 3pm, someone tell him it is a touch early for that! When the rest of life muddles thru worrying about who will succeed Berlusconi, what will happen to world debt and the euro and how we can afford Christmas, the wood continues on with its biorhythms - the animals foraging, hibernating, living, dying, decomposing, in preparation for the following years re growth and regeneration, oblivious to the meaning of Bunga Bunga parties and dodgy goings on by the people who are supposed to manage countries. It is good to know that something out there has got it right, and it is not Berlusconi!

This shot of a silver birch wood in Canada was taken when it was snowing and I (as usual waiting for David as apposed to ‘the light’) had time to stare and enjoy. I tried many shots with my humble G11 moving the camera up and down whilst pressing the shutter. Because the light was low the contrast was not an issue on a grey day - this wood provided hours of entertainment. I felt there was something fairytale about it, I could almost imagine ghouls and mystical creatures hiding in the dark recesses, or at best Robin Hood and his merry men with ladders in their green tights! Well you would wouldn’t you, with all those branches!

Anyways for those of you who live not far away, do not forget that we have our ‘Roadshow’ on Wednesday 14th December at ‘The Exchange’ in Sturminster Newton. It will be a great evening of world travel, humour, question time and fun. We look forward to seeing you there, and may I wish you a Happy new Year for 2012.

Wendy Noton
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