1 EAGLETON NOTES: To The Woods

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Tuesday, 18 October 2016

To The Woods

When I first went to live on the Isle of Lewis I thought that I would never get used to living without trees. I'd been brought up in a city but a city with lots and lots of trees. After that I'd lived amongst trees in Cheshire. So when on Saturday night I stayed with friends in Evanton it was a wonderful opportunity to step out of her back garden into the Evanton Community Woodland. Steve and I went for a good walk (thank you again medical team for my new knee) round the woods on Sunday morning accompanied by four paws.

Setting off
"Right you can catch me up!"
Autumn mists
Would you believe mating slugs?
Art in the woods
More art in the woods
Classroom in the woods
Fun in the woods

16 comments:

  1. I loved these images. Woods, as opposed to jungle where I have been recently, are my favourite places... !

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    1. Well the last time I was in such beautiful woods, Kate, was with you in McLaren Falls Park in March this year.

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  2. I like the Isle of Lewis as it reminds me of the prairie and Arctic. I grew up on the prairie and lived in the Arctic.

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    1. Those are interesting comparisons Red.

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  3. I used to love the woods - I feel very nostalgic. It's all bush here and just not the same - beautiful but different.

    Mating slugs - you learn something new everyday!

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    1. Oddly, Fiona, the last time I was in such beautiful woods was on North Island near Tauranga but they were unusual because, as you say, it's usually all bush. As for mating slugs I thought I was having my leg pulled when my brother told me (CJ knows about all theses things though).

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  4. I think I've said before that trees are essential for me. I would find it very difficult living without woodland.

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    1. I didn't find it easy Cro but I'd find it harder to live without water.

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  5. This is wonderful, Graham, and I'm glad you not only jumped at the chance for that walk but took us along, too!
    Ludwigsburg itself has no substantial woodland, just a woodland park and a small wooded area between our town and the next. But the nearest "proper" woods are not too far away, and where O.K. lives - well, that's at the western edge of the Black Forest.

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    1. Meike my memory of the Black Forest was of it being very enveloping (we stayed in an old Inn which was very solid and full of dead boars' heads!). I prefer (especially if I'm on my own) rather more open woodland.

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  6. I lived my first five years in town, but then we moved out to a village, and both our first (small) and second (bigger) house in that village were right on the edge of the wood so that we could go straight out into the wood from our own garden). And both my sets of grandparents lived in the countryside with woods nearby as well. While I never became a great hiker, and have lived my whole grown-up life in towns, I'm still fond of trees, and doubt I'd ever feel quite at home where there were none at all.

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    1. Monica I, too, grew up with trees even though I lived in suburbia. I also grew up with mountains and seas and rivers. It's amazing how we adapt. How I'd adapt to living not close to water I cannot imagine.

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  7. As a few above me have mentioned we only have bush here...and scrubby bush at that. I love the woods that you find in the UK and the beautiful oak, beech, chestnut and (my favourite) lime trees. I guess it's all that GREEN that does it.

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    1. Yes Helsie the woods and forests of deciduous trees are wonderful. I miss them on the Island where I live because we only have one deciduous wood. The rest are commercial conifers.

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  8. Eewwww how big were those slugs....looks like an orgy to me.

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