The daily walk.

21 Nov



The great thing about having dogs is that they make you take exercise. If they are not taken for at least one walk a day your life will be made hell by the dirty looks from the creatures. We have 55 acres of forest behind our house…not ours I might add…and lucky for us we have the owners permission to walk there. Five of these acres are used as a research area so they have nice paths through the trees and the trees are brashed. Brashed is when the bottom branches are taken off the trees.

Sometimes we go to the forest through the gate at the bottom of the garden…



other times we head out through the Ash tree plantation to the west of our house. The dogs run ahead excitedly but come back if I am dallying.



Out onto the lane where a short time ago we were picking Blackberries galore. The dogs weren’t impressed with the fruit picking…they just want to walk…and sniff and investigate.



On to the wooden bridge and into the forest.



Looking back up through the trees the cottage and polytunnel can be glimpsed.



On we go…



until we come to the boundary between the forest and the next door farm. Along this boundary is a wonderful line of Beech trees…



probably planted by the gentry who once counted these lands among their estates. The once beautiful hunting lodge called Bella now derelict.


Inquisitive cattle stand and stare.



Fallen Beech leaves make a soft carpet to walk on.



Lettie wants to go back in the forest.



Lots of fungi growing amongst the Spruce trees here. Unfortunately these are False Chanterelles. Pity!



They are pretty though.

Time for home. It will all be done again tomorrow but no matter how often I walk here it always feels nice and fresh and new. So many paths to explore. Scents to enjoy. Birdsong to listen too. Wood to collect to keep the home fire burning bright.

The beauty and bounty of Nature right on our doorstep.


33 Responses to “The daily walk.”

  1. Valkrye Brumby November 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm #

    Hello Bridget, This is the first time I have commented on your blog as only not too long ago subscribed . Love this post and looks like the wee dogs think of your walk more as a mad dash~ lovely to see them as well as the loveliness of the land around you~ gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your walk! Wish i could live and be able to walk in just such a fine place.

    • bridget November 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm #

      We do count our blessings and count ourselves lucky to live in such a beautiful and peaceful area. You’ve got the dogs sussed…it’s just one made dash from one exciting spot to another…then home satisfied.

  2. Jane November 21, 2013 at 10:28 pm #

    We would love to have had dogs,but just as we about to find a couple of rescues we had some more cats dumped on us…I honestly couldn’t handle it. We have promised ourselves that dogs will be in our retirement.
    Jane x

    • bridget November 21, 2013 at 10:46 pm #

      Something new to look forward too. All my life…apart from the 5 city years…I have had dogs about me.

  3. KerryCan November 21, 2013 at 11:05 pm #

    What a wonderful place to walk–so much variety and points of interest! That derelict building makes me so curious and the dogs look darn happy!

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:20 am #

      I just love old buildings…they call on one to explore there. Unfortunately the animals have been allowed into this one so it’s full of cow manure. Nicer from a distance.

  4. june November 21, 2013 at 11:23 pm #

    Beautiful. A little piece of heaven in Co. Roscommon. Thank you for sharing your walk and a bit of your life with us, Bridget.

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:21 am #

      Hi June! Tis my pleasure. Did you get sorted with the Lavender? xx

  5. limewindow November 22, 2013 at 12:04 am #

    Looks really nice (but good job you know your mushrooms!) and with those old beech and that big old house too, characterful.

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:22 am #

      Every day it’s different depending on weather and which path you take. We’re lucky to have this right behind us.

  6. Anne Wilson November 22, 2013 at 12:30 am #

    Looks beautiful, I’m sure our Tess would love it.

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:24 am #

      I’m sure she would. So many scents in here which dogs love. Wonder how I could intice Squirrels in here?

  7. vsperry November 22, 2013 at 2:15 am #

    The dogs and I used to have a nursery with acres full of little trees and bushes to run through and dead critters to roll in, but alas, it was bought by some weird dude who doesn’t want anyone on the land. My dogs don’t do the evil stare, they do the “oh boy, we’re going for a walk” dance, even when I have no plans for one…of course I take them, because they are right, it’s a good time for a walk.

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:25 am #

      Always a good time for a walk…in a Dog’s eyes anyway.

  8. cathsveggies1 November 22, 2013 at 10:27 am #

    What a wonderful forest to meander in with your dogs.

  9. Anny November 22, 2013 at 10:57 am #

    My boy was ill this week so we didn’t walk for a couple of days – it felt very odd and uncomfortable.

  10. Small House Under a Big Sky November 22, 2013 at 11:11 am #

    I always enjoy your posts and pictures. You seem so content with your life and enjoy the simple things. I’ve decided of all the blogs I read, yours just might be my favorite. Your garden and land is true permaculture (our goal). Your life is real, genuine and organic. I always learn to look at things in a new and enlightened way. Thank you so much for your personal musings! Small House / Big Sky Donna

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

      Thank you so much for your kind words. We can but try our best in the current craziness of the world about us.

  11. evolution November 22, 2013 at 11:52 am #

    Thank you for the wonderful, virtual walk as I sit inside my corporate job! I am a true believer of walks…one a day keeps the crazy away as far as my life is concerned!

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:28 pm #

      Glad you enjoyed it. I am grateful for our country blessings here at Flynn’s Cottage.

  12. gardendaze November 22, 2013 at 1:59 pm #

    So true about dogs and walks. They do want to go in all sorts of weather. Thank goodness for that–we all get some healthful exercise that way!


  13. Shawndra Miller November 22, 2013 at 4:02 pm #

    Absolutely love this post. Happy dogs, happy human, to have a beautiful excursion every day! My dog loves winter because then the golf course is free (mostly) of humans and he can finally run–otherwise it’s leash walks. He would love to have a woods to explore I’m sure. I just read Mary Oliver’s Dog Songs (poetry about dogs) and your post reminds me of her simple and lovely observations.

    • bridget November 22, 2013 at 8:31 pm #

      Thank you for your kind words Shawndra. x

  14. My Watering Can November 22, 2013 at 7:20 pm #

    Thanks for taking us along on your walk =)

  15. Dark Creek Farm November 23, 2013 at 5:53 pm #

    That was fun to come along on the walk with your dogs!

  16. Lindy Joy November 23, 2013 at 7:01 pm #

    Hi Bridgett, My two doggies, border terriers, would love that walk in the woods every day, twice or three times a day! They might just let me come along! Beautiful woods, loved being with you on your walk! Thanks for coming over to visit my new blog. Just getting started buts a grand way to meet people from all over the world and here you are in Ireland!

    • bridget November 23, 2013 at 7:44 pm #

      Good luck with your blogging and also with your craft fairs and new allotment.

  17. Candace November 23, 2013 at 11:49 pm #

    Your daily walk is luminous and sublime.

  18. Donna@Gardens Eye View November 24, 2013 at 9:42 pm #

    I love where you live…woods, berries, pastures and beautiful old buildings…I always wanted to live near lots of woods.

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      I love it too Donna.

  19. Willowarchway November 25, 2013 at 10:46 am #

    I know exactly what you mean about dogs and walks ! It doesn’t matter how often I walk the forest, the dogs act as if they’ve NEVER been there before !

    • bridget November 25, 2013 at 4:33 pm #

      I know! It’s mad isn’t it! Maybe they have goldfish brains.

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