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29/12/2022

Winter winds blow

With heavy fast moving rain forecast and winds lashing the trees back and forth it seemed a 'good time' to go for a walk .... said Moss...... and we (strangely) agreed.

Wrapped up well - to the point on waddling not walking and finding it almost impossible to bend, we set off. Down the main road through the village, past the fairy light encrusted Christmas tree outside of the community centre, turning right up dead duck hill (double quick puff) then right again up a small track towards a cluster of houses. Although we know it is a bit early in the season - we are on the watch out for lambs. We know that they have started to appear.

Round the goose-field to the rec. Moss races the wind as she chases her frizbee, hurtling along the grass at breakneck speed. Following the far edge, we stepped back out of the grounds, across puddle lane and into the sheep filled souterills. Moss threw herself into the winter 'lake' and steamed herself cool again, willing us to let her off her lead, but with hugely pregnant ewes watching warily - her request was refused.

We walk through the upper souterill field making a slight detour past the Highland coo field - checking for calves, they appear soon after Christmas, large fluffy teddy bear beasties hunkering down in the moorland grasses while their mothers watch carefully through thick and wind tousled fringes.

Then down the lane to the nature reserve, still one eye out for lambs and now hares. I can hear the tinkling of the windchimes as we pass chicken accident quarry. Then we leave the lane and turn left up the Ferndene, skipping puddles and dodging flooded paths, past Sagar's Lake, the meadow, the picnic grounds, play park and then back on to the road. A sneaky turn right onto David's walk then home following the main road into the village.

Our walks are are memory maps, with names from village history or from our own stories. Some from when the boys were little and found it difficult to describe where they were, some are anecdotal tales from friends and others associated with events that occurred. All very personal to us yet instantly recognisable to others.


Home now, we managed to avoid the rain but we feel wind battered. So with lunch consumed and mugs of tea being cradled in fingers, we can hear the wind howling around the house and calling down the chimney - but we don't mind. It is all part of the season, the place we live and our lives.

15 comments:

  1. I bet that blew the cobwebs away. I had planned to get out with family over Christmas, but it didn't happen. Love your last photo - your home looks so peaceful.

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    1. Oh boy were the cobwebs blown away!
      The house is peaceful at the moment, but by Friday when our boys and their girls return the calm and quiet house becomes full and busy just in time for New Year ๐Ÿ˜Š

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  2. I got a giggle out of the bundling up to the point of waddling. Love all the pics of Moss being Moss, but oooh, that cold water plunge! Looking forward to the lambs and baby calves. Hope your Christmas was merry. Sending you love and thoughts of peace in the new year. Hugs. Sharon

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    1. Glad I got you giggling ๐Ÿ˜† Moss gets into water WHATEVER the weather - (idiotic dog!) We had a lovely Christmas thank you x hope you did too x

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  3. I have to ask - where on earth did 'chicken accident quarry' get its name from? :-) Moss certainly looks like she was enjoying herself, I love the photo of her lying in the water :-)

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    1. Sadly a farmer died rounding up his chickens at the quarry and yes Moss had a lovely walk :)

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  4. I can imagine how well you would have to be rugged up on what sounds like an "extreme" wind walk. Glad to see some wonderful photos & hope the New Year is not quite so cold, although still prettily wintry. Does that last bit sound silly?(grin). Have a great New Year, take care & hugs to all. PS: I'm off to pick blueberries before it gets to warm.

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    1. Hope the blueberry picking was successful :) Here is to a good and kind new year x

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  5. A lovely walk, thanks to Moss!!

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  6. I can see that Moss appreciated your efforts in dressing to face the weather, look at her happy face!
    On days like those I often don't feel the benefit of getting out until I'm back home and in front of the fire and can laugh at frozen nose and stinging cheeks.
    Your fire looks so cosy! xxx

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    1. Oh she did - and would have walked even more but the weather was definitely making us hurry home. The contrast of the outside air to the inside warmth was most welcome!

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  7. Gosh, but the weather is relentless these days. I liked your walk and it meant I didn't have to get out and walk! Fingers crossed, we'll be seeing lambs on Sunday at a friend's farm. Keep walking for me.... xx

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    1. The weather has been rather relentless as you say! and don't forget to say when you have seen lambs!!

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  8. You could never say no to that gorgeous face :) xx

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