Wednesday, 21 May 2014

The woods are lovely, dark and deep ...

... and I have promises to keep
and miles to go before I sleep

Robert Frost

The poem I pinched those beautiful lines from may have been about winter but even though today could not be more summery, they were the words that entered my head as I wandered into the woods this afternoon

Forrest had a day with his grandma and I have had the loveliest day. I spent the morning catching up on my housewifely chores - I descaled the coffee machine, cleaned the washing machine, vacuumed, mopped, dusted, did three loads of washing, cleaned the bathroom .... and for once I actually enjoyed it. Sometimes I find the mood takes me to clean and I have to take advantage of it, those episodes are few and far between so I make the most of them. It means I can feel less guilty on the days when I really cannot be bothered to clean

I met the estate agent who will be marketing the cottage for us and he took some photos and talked to me about his children (I love hearing men talking about their children - such a different perspective from us women!) then I took the dogs out for a walk

Our local estate opens their woodland from April to September, the woods are closed over the winter for hunting and shooting but during the warmer months the Earl of Yarborough allows the public to wander freely. How wonderfully generous is that? Today I went to Mausoleum Woods, one of my favourite spots

Matt grew up on the estate and knows lots of little hiding places (even some little caves) around the woods but I just like to sit at the top of the hill in front of the mausoleum and gaze at the view. The place has such a beautiful, serene feeling about it and the thought that the mausoleum was built for the first Baron Yarborough's wife gives it a special sort of peace, I think

I did a bit of googling and found this absolutely beautiful picture of the interior. There are tours occasionally, I'm hoping to get chance to go on one this year

When I was pregnant I did hypnotherapy to help me to relax and stay positive and calm about the birth. One of the exercises involved mentally taking oneself away to a 'happy place' and this is the place I used to visualise during my afternoon relaxation sessions

The photos don't do it justice, it really is a beautiful, peaceful place. Did you spot Wilson running up the hill??

He found what can only be described as a lump of tree too, and was immensely happy about it

Jessie wasn't in the mood for sticks today, she just laid down and sunbathed 

That may or may not be a bit of my leg there. And I may or may not be wearing Matt's cargo shorts. This is not an outfit post.

I could have stayed all afternoon but sadly real life called me home to take delivery of groceries and cook some tasty meals for Forrest

Do you have any special local spots that you like to visit?


  1. Gorgeous photos! Jessie is adorable.

    Beccy // Bluebell & Bumpkin

  2. LUSH PHOTOS! New camera? :)

  3. If these photos don't do the place justice then this really must be a MUST-SEE place because you seem to have captured it so beautifully! :)

  4. Lovely post, these photos are absolutely beautiful!


  5. What beautiful pictures. Your dog is adorable x

  6. Wow these photos are stunning! It looks so peaceful & a great place for being mindful & settling your thoughts. Your dogs look so happy, we've been doing lots of walks in the woods recently there is something so tranquil about being surrounded by nature


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