1. Nature Seekers - Gotton Down Woodside

The brilliant Manneskjur has introduced a new series called 'Nature Seekers' which is all about us grown ups getting out into nature and enjoying all the benefits that brings.

This is purely a series about adults and nature, this isn't about time enjoyed with your child outdoors, this is time enjoyed just by you. It's a stepping back from a busy lifestyle, from time online and reconnecting with nature, clearing your mindspace and how that enhances your life.

Well, this is right up my street. I am extrememely fortunate to live on a farm, and can step out into the beautiful Somerset countryside just by leaving the farmhouse. I get out with my two boys every day, but I am increasingly trying to have some me time on walks with my dog, too. Love my boys as I do, it is just so restorative to get out on my own - enjoy the peace. Listen to the birds. Look closely at my surroundings - spotting things I wouldn't really have a chance to with a 3 and a 1 year old in tow!

This series of photo's was taken the other day out walking Ruby (my 6 month old black Lab). The field is called Gotton Down Woodside - it's part of a big field called Gotton Down, but it's the bit that is by the woods - hence 'woodside'. I love walking in this field as it borders the top of the very lovely Hestercombe Gardens wood, plus I can see the yurt field from here too, and in the evening when we have yurters in - I love seeing the children running about in the yurt field, or the woodburners going, or the campfire in full swing - depending on the time and the weather :)

Rose Hips in the Hedgerow
Rose Hips in the Hedgerow
Hawthorn Berries
Hawthorn Berries
Thistle
Thistle
Oak Stumps
Oak Stumps

At the bottom of the field are these two old Oak stumps - long left to be eaten up by the wildlife, and I never like to get too close as I'm sure there will be a wasp nest somewhere in there! They are mighty though.

Knarly detail
Knarly detail
Oak leaves
Oak leaves
Juxtaposition
Juxtaposition
Wiry cow hair on barbed wire
Wiry cow hair on barbed wire
Wall flowers
Wall flowers
Seed pods
Seed pods
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I tried to take a slow pace on this walk and really look for details. The juxtaposition of the blue wildflowers flowers behind the man made barbed wire really stood out to me. And while I was looking at the barbed wire, I also noticed the thick and wiry cow's hair that has been rubbed off - a detail I would never have noticed unless I was intentionally looking for details. I also loved spotting this lovely plant making its home in the recently reconstructed dry stone wall - I just love how nature takes over! It's really evident that Autumn is on its way now, with all the flowers going to seed. A few more images from my walk - I always think the woods look a bit like a jungle in places :)

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