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Forests.

8 Dec

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Forests are places where we can get back in touch with our inner selves,

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where we can get away from the stresses of the world about us,

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where we can breathe in the sounds and scents of nature,

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where for a short time nothing else matters but being there…in the Forest.

The daily walk.

21 Nov

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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…

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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.

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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.

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On to the wooden bridge and into the forest.

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

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On we go…

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

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

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Inquisitive cattle stand and stare.

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Fallen Beech leaves make a soft carpet to walk on.

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Lettie wants to go back in the forest.

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

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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.

 

Off to the Forest.

30 Jun

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With all the madness going on in the world…corrupt Irish bankers scandalous tapes being released, America bugging the EU offices and worst of all Monsanto being the recipient of the World Food Prize…I need a day away from it all. Peace…quiet…beauty…nature. Yes! We’re off to the forest today. Ireland’s oldest forest actually…St. John’s Wood, near Lecarrow in the beautiful county of Roscommon. If anyone cares to join us we will be at the forest entrance at 3 o clock. Otherwise I will tell you all about it tomorrow.

Have a happy Sunday!

Bridget.

A Walk and picnic in Union Woods.

13 May

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Yesterday, as we often do, we went for a walk in a woodland. Yesterday’s destination was Union Wood in nearby County Sligo. There was only 4 of us this time but there were lots of people in the woods, which was lovely to see. Walkers, joggers, cyclists and dog walkers were all out in good numbers. It gave a nice lively feel to the forest. Not that a forest would ever feel dead but the people about gave an extra energy.

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Very big rocks here amongst the trees…

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actually some of the trees look like they are growing out of the rock cliffs.

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This part of the forest is made up mainly of Ash, Beech, Hazel and Oaks. Its amazing to see so many Oaks in one forest. A local man who stopped for a chat said he had counted the trees and his Oak count was roughly 4,5oo trees. Fab!

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To think that Ireland was once covered by forests like this.

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Our pace is nice and slow. Time to chat as we walk…and all the while absorbing the relaxing, healing vibration of nature.

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Aren’t these unfurling Ferns just beautiful?

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John on his iPad trying to identify an unknown tree. Turns out it was a Wild Cherry. Check out John’s Bards in the Woods t-shirt.

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Happy days! Happy people! On we go to the prize at the end of the walk…

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a picnic beside the river…and reluctantly we leave the forest… and head for home.

If you want to join our woodland walks or indeed seek inspiration to start woodland walks where you live check out Woodland Walks, Bards & Picnics Around Ireland on Facebook or www.bardsinthewoods.com .

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