Walk in the woods

Adventures, He and I

Hubby was a little bit nervous, I could tell. I was driving down a narrow ‘country’ road. I mean, there was this narrow lane that was going to take us into a forest, just a few minutes’ drive from our house. I was very excited, and as a new driver this new ‘country’ lane, so empty and bare was a pleasant drive for me.

“OK, OK, slow down,” he said, “let’s look for a place to park.”  Just there on the left, I found a big ditch, which led to a parking, oh it was all so muddy and full of puddles. Again, I was excited, I have really wanted to drive across a puddle, but he got nervous again, “Make sure not to get into the puddle OK,” Splash! In and out of the puddle I went and parked it into a bay.

This woodland was magnificent. I thought it would be nothing much, but, from the point we started and every step further into the forest we went; it got deeper and enchanting.  My excitement grew. I imagined coming across forest creatures, or at least some woodland critters. Some badgers, hares, deer, porcupines. At one point, I swear I saw little Bambi, crossing through the path to the other side of trees. It was too fast, I couldn’t take pictures.

The sun peered through the gaps between the trees, and created enchanting vision along the way. Although the sun was shining, we could hear the wind roaring too. We could see the leaves above us sway. The branches creaked. We heard some howling. It was the wind, or it could have been a baby, I don’t know. Or maybe it was a fox, we just couldn’t see it, so perfectly camouflaged between all the orange leaves on the ground.

We walked hand in hand down the winding paths, coming across large fallen tree trunks. Some were dry and bare; some were green with moss growing all over. Some were hollow, perhaps a home, maybe a rabbit’s burrow?  More muddy puddles. Zillions of leaves on the ground. From a distant it looked like the ground was covered in orange and brown confetti.

I even saw the perfect location to host my woodland party. How exciting! A great location, and not even too far from the house.



Poofball hat

He and I

A few years ago a friend and I were out shopping, when I came across a huge selection of poofball hats, and I wanted to buy her one. I always think that poofball hats look so adorable on girls with fringes, and she has this adorable fringe which frames her face so perfectly. She also has really adorable rosy cheeks. So you see what I mean, cute fringe, rosy cheeks, poofball hats? Isn’t that an adorable combination?

I talked about buying her one and she said that she didn’t like them on her but she loves them on others. I felt the same way. I love them on others but not on myself. I have a small face and a fringe would cover up my face, thus I never really grew a fringe. I tried, but then I grew it out again very soon. Not to mention I have frizzy, curly hair. For this reason my logic was, if I didn’t have a fringe, I didn’t want to wear a poofball hat.

Now a few years later, I walk into a supermarket to buy some broccoli tender stems, I really fancied them for dinner tonight, and I came across this lovely stall of poofball hats. There was black and white and peach and blue and cream but the one colour that really drew me was this beautiful brown.

Maybe it was a roundabout influence of autumn, it kind of screamed ‘Aren’t I a beautiful colour of Autumn?’ to me. I do have a weakness for things that are Autumn associated. But, oh well I bought one . It is a gorgeous brown colour. It has a massive poofball. I cannot wait for the weather to be cooler to wander the streets wearing it.

All hallows eve

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

It was only a simple gathering.

Dinner with friends
Outside by the blazing fire
A hearty lasagna

Halloween decorations scattered around
A spiderweb, a tombstone , skeleton , masks.
Pumpkins laid on table. Carving them
Funny faces , scary faces.

Rum for the ghouls
Painted faces.
Some witchy laughs and spells
And games , not for the light hearted

That is how our Halloween started.

Woodland Magic

Adventures, He and I, Parties, Gifts & Crafts

My best friend’s getting married soon, and the location is out of this world, it is a walk through woodlands to somewhere exhilarating. Just wait till you see where it is, mind you though, it will be a long wait (the wedding is next year, and I am not sharing pictures until then, it’s also probably a secret and she hasn’t told others yet).

So, there I was, on Pinterest, browsing through Woodland weddings. A picture leads me to a post, and then onto something else, after a chain of following one image link to another, I came upon this glorious art installation on this page http://www.runeguneriussen.no/ Seriously, check it out for yourself. This made me want to throw my own woodland party. Isn’t it brilliant?

Maybe for my 30th? A wild woodland, wilderness party, wouldn’t that be lovely?  Lots and lots of lampshades hanging from tree tops. Lights in the dense forest leading the way.  Deeper and deeper you walk, until finally you come to a big plain. Away from all the chaos and racket of the world. Under the cover of the twinkling sky. You will find people sitting cosily wrapped up in blankets. Some are standing, drinking, chatting. Children dancing around the fire with fun adults alike (and hopefully some responsible adults minding the children of course).  Perhaps we will be visited by elves, fairies and gnomes. Goblins, imps and trolls. Perhaps even a unicorn. (Costume party, perhaps?)

It will be magical. We shall be singing, dancing, storytelling.


[Image from http://www.runeguneriussen.no/]

This is a picture of us at one such magical place a few years ago.



Cosy Japanese Night

Adventures, He and I

My trip to Japan inspired me to have my own little Japanese themed dinner at home. We invited the sister in law and family and such fun we had.

Hubby made sushi and sashimi. Some plain moulded rice into various shapes. Fish, teddy, cars, stars. I chopped fresh veggies ready for the hotpot. Camping stove on the floor. Plates and dishes laid out. Cushions and sheets. Candles and dimmed lights. Cosiness. Conversations, funny stories. Quality family time.