New Year Woodland Walk

Woodland Walk 1

The winter solstice was less than a fortnight ago, the festive celebrations have only just finished and we’re sitting right in the middle of winter. It’s still a time for cosying up, making comfort food and snuggling under quilts and the dismal weather over the festive season has meant that we’ve been doing a good deal of this in the last week or two. Yesterday we woke up to a New Years’ Day of beautiful wintry, watery sunshine though, and it drew us outside for a walk in our village wood.

Woodland Walk New Year

There was no doubt that the wood was asleep – the predominant colour to be seen was brown – but immediately the little ones seized upon some small branches and sticks that had been blown from the trees in recent winds and announced that they were going to make a den.

New Year Walk with the Dog  Indoor dens are a frequent occurrence at our house. Every cushion is commandeered to furnish a shelter made out of a couple of chairs and some quilts and blankets. Outdoor dens may not be quite so cosy but there’s always a gleeful feeling to choosing just the right spot and collecting the branches that isn’t quite matched indoors, even by the prettiest floral indoor teepee. Even the dog joined in.

Making a Den on a Walk

I am certain that Ray Mears wouldn’t award this den many points, it’s terribly draughty for a start, but the fun we had in building it far outweighed its lack of merit for actual outdoor survival. New Year always brings a feeling of fresh starts and optimism for me and our den-building added to that hopeful feeling.

Despite there being at least two more months until the start of Spring I saw one or two signs of that distant-seeming season whilst were walking home. The hedgerows were studded with tiny new cow parsley plants which will have self-seeded back in the autumn, and as we approached our cottage we spotted a tiny splash of yellow – a native primrose on the edge of the village green. It’s flowering impossibly early but it cemented this as one of the best walks ever.

Native Primrose

Thanks for reading!


13 responses to “New Year Woodland Walk

  1. Lovely to see your woodland walk Emma, as ever I am envious! Especially loved the pic of your girls making their den and your lovely dog! Also such a beautiful primrose flower, very hopeful and lovely for the new year :) safxxx

  2. A lovely walk in the woods with the children on a sunny winters day can do a whole lot towards giving life a lift in the middle of winter :)

  3. Perfect – hope you have some more sunny winter days to help these two difficult months to pass. I am longing to see a primrose. Karen x

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