Yesterday Pip messaged me asking if I fancied going somewhere different with her and Scooby…….a nano second elapsed before my response was YES!
We planned to meet around 1pm and after the severe storms of the day before I thought the air might feel fresh and renewed for an early morning walk first.
I hadn’t bargained on an unseasonably strong breeze blowing as I batted my way to the pond 😂….I’d meant to take them some food but have got out of the routine so completely forgot and walked passed the green bag of seed I’d placed by the door 🙄…..
It was still early and the ducks were still snoozing
Even the Moorhen chicks and parents were still huddled together
So they weren’t fussed about the lack of food in my hand as I trundled along the footbridge, snapping as I went
It was only to be an hours walk as I had to be back for an early morning zoom, so I went through the houses and along the back lane
My pace quickened through the gallops and down the lane passed Halfpenny cottage as the air was getting darker as more storm clouds appeared to be approaching
Hopefully the weather would be fine for my afternoon mystery tour, as I headed home for my morning cuppa.
My doorbell went and threw me in a fluster as I’d lost track of time 😳…it was 1pm already and Pip and her smiley face were waiting for me….luckily I didn’t have to grab anything more than my camera and off we went, Scooby snuggled on the floor next to me
I didn’t have a clue where we were going but we ended up on a single track road travelling through a glorious valley, every now and then spotting a Kite in the sky above. We finally arrived, 30 minutes later at our mystery destination, Millington Wood.
We parked up, but instead of venturing into the wood itself, we decided to head out and up through the valley climbing high
So many meadow flowers lined our route as we climbed higher and higher
Then we saw a whole host of partridge feeding stations at the side of a field planted with sweet corn. I’ve never seen so many partridges all in one place
Trekking through long grass, every now and then stopping to take piccies
Or me taking piccies of Pip taking piccies 😂 We longed to see the kites we’d seen on our way in, but they remained elusive
More partridges came into view
Then we reached a point where we had to decide how to get down. We could have carried along the path into the distance but we knew we had to get down on to the road below somehow and the path would take too long 🤪
So we decided to snake our way down the side of the steep hill, or maybe I convinced Pip that we should give it a go 🤣 A beautiful black and white butterfly caught our attention
Then shuffling our way sideways down the hillside, giggling as one of us took a stumble, we suddenly saw what we’d come for and both stood still, our cameras at the ready. None of my shots were clear as it hovered and swooped, hovered and changed direction
But it put on a show for ages, so long in fact that Pip sat on the side of the hill, but I knew if I sat I’d end up rolling down the hill when I tried to stand 😂….
We just found its presence such a joy
Both of us attempting to get a good shot, both of us mesmerised by it simply being there
We thought many times it had flown out of sight only for it to reappear
Must have been with us for a good 20 minutes before heading off into the distance, but what a joy to watch it, made the climb and the descent soo worth while
As we trundled through the valley, Pip picked up a weed and handed it to me
She told me to squeeze then smell it – it was pineapple! A pineapple weed that can be made into tea….😍
Scooby all the while, the leader of his pack, we headed by to where we’d parked the car
Another footpath on the left came into view, so we wandered down it to come across a small lake
Back at the car, we then ventured into Millington wood, Pip and Scooby leading the way
It looked a magical place but after our long walk, I was starting to feel tired. It would be worth coming back to the wood again to do the whole walk around justice.
Such beautiful places on our doorstep, hidden away down little known lanes.
Scooby settled himself down next to me again as we headed home, thankful for the sighting of the kite, which made it all worth while on a cloudy and very blustery day. But the weather didn’t matter, the company was wonderful as were the sights.
We were almost home when Pip saw something else in the sky, and pulled over…..and I thought the day couldn’t get any better – a Kestrel hovering above us…..
Sometimes it’s just the simple things in nature that can give you a wonderful day, lift your spirits and make you smile and today was one such day……