Therefore all seasons shall be sweet to thee,
Whether summer clothe the general earth
With greeness, or the redbreast sit and sing
Betwixt the tufts of snow on the bare branch
Of mossy apple-tree, while the nigh thatch
Smokes in the sun-thaw; whether the eave-drops fall
Heard only in the trances of the blast,
Or if the secret ministry of frost
Shall hang them up in silent icicles,
Quietly shining to the quiet Moon.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A Walk in the Woods

B Baggins Esq has been enjoying his walks in the woods lately and wanted to show you some of the lovely autumn scenes that he passes as he goes round. The colours of the beech leaves are especially lovely with their patchwork of greens and golds.

We walk by the river on a beautiful rustly brown carpet of beech leaves.

There are already a lot of bare branches but even in midwinter there is still some green from the holly, yew and Scots Pine trees that grow among the beech, oak and sweet chestnut trees.

Monarch of the Glen!

There are many large stones along the river bank many of them thickly covered in moss like these, this also adds some green to the landscape even on the darkest winter day.

We've climbed up the hill from river and are back on one of the official paths walking along by the bird sanctuary now. B Baggins and I spend as little time as possible on these paths, we prefer to be off the beaten track. On this section the official path is the only way because of the sanctuary. It's a poor photo as the light levels were so low when I took it.

We walk a triangular route and this is the start of the final leg, back to the quieter tracks again.

Is it time to go home already?

Waiting for my lead to be put on again - don't know why we can't stay here all day. I'll definitely catch that squirrel next time we come though!


hen said...

What a handsome dog Rowan!! I'm just about to take Willow to the woods, windy as it is!! Isn't this autumn incredible?!


ICQB said...

Thanks for the lovely post! My dog loves walks in the woods too - his name is Strider. Maybe he knows your handsome B. Baggins : )

solsticedreamer said...

gorgeous! i love beech trees in autumn...i would love to plant one in my front garden.

Anonymous said...

Such wonderful pictures. I love the Autumn colours, they are gorgeous. Your dog is a real cutie !!! I can imagine why he didn't want to go home ; ) Have a wonderful weekend !!

nita x said...

rowan, B baggins is just gorgeous and the woods are wonderful i love the woods all year round, so magical and colourfull.

PAT said...

I think the light was perfect, Rowan. Your photos are beautiful and so is B. Baggins Esq!

Have a wonderful weekend.

Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Master Baggins has a most lovely place to walk, doesn't he! Edward wishes him great luck on catching the dreaded squirrel!

Happy train ride tomorrow!

Ragged Roses said...

Hello Rowan! What a lovely way to start Saturday, reading your posts with a cup of tea! It is lovely to hear from you again and so good to be able to read your wonderful posts, I am hoping to get out into the woods this weekend after seeing your wonderful photos. Take care

Denise said...

Such beautiful place for a walk!
Thanks for sharing such gorgeous pictures!

Mary said...

I really miss beech trees, we don't have them here. I remember collecting the nuts as a child - I loved playing in the woods up the lane from my home in Devon.

Hope you are well - I missed being able to keep in touch while away in Oct.

Thimbleanna said...

Beautiful pictures Rowan. And the moss! I was completely smitten with all the moss I saw on our recent trip to the UK!

Lynda (Granny K) said...

Thanks for the lovely walk Rowan. It's good to see BB enjoying the freedom of the woods.

Janet said...

If I had those woods to walk in, I'd never be home! It looks like something from a movie! B Baggins has a terrific place to roam....and I hope that squirrel stays out of his way.

JANICE said...


Lovely to catch up with your posts. Your walk looked mystical and magical. Both you and Bilbo are so very lucky.

What a beautiful experience. And you get exercise thrown into the bargain !


Rosie said...

No wonder Mr B Baggins enjoys his walks in the woods so much they look wonderful and the walk you take sounds really interesting.

Jenny said...

What a lovely walk. I could almost smell the damp leaves! I'd love to know what interesting birds are to be found in the sanctuary- my husband and I used to take and look for birds all the time until CJ came along (she'd be up for the walking- not so much the being quiet part).

nita x said...

hi rowan, just to let you know ive left a couple of awards for you on my blog :o)

Anonymous said...

Hi Rowan,
I have just had a browse through your excellent blog A broad and very interesting countryside blog. Thanks.

kerrdelune said...

Ah, Bilbo is a lovely boy, and I enjoyed seeing him. His expression as he explores these places is much like our darling Cassie's was in her time on earth with us. and it is much as our new child Spencer's expression is now as he explores his new home. (I keep expecting to see Cassie around every turn on our now snowy trails.)