Sunday 31st May 2009 ~ First Quarter Moon in Virgo

Meadowhawk and I had a wonderful day yesterday. We went to Sevenoaks (a country town not far from Swanley) by train and visited Knole Park. This is a huge 1,000 acre deer park where Knole House is situated. This house dates back to Tudor times (e.g. Henry VIII) and is magnificent. There are so many fallow deer here…small spotted deer that are so fragile looking but very sweet. I call this place ‘Breathing Space’ because it is full of beautiful, wonderful trees; oak, beech, sycamore, horse chestnut. So many of the trees are hundreds of years old and really large. Wide open spaces of grassland for deer grazing and yesterday was magnificent weather – hot and sunny but with a lovely breeze.

Meadowhawk and I packed a lunch of sandwiches and off we set. Meadowhawk loved Sevenoaks town itself. This is a town with many very old Tudor buildings and some of the cottages have front doors that are so tiny – only about 5 feet high, like little fae doors they are. It is a very historical town.

So we walked around and we both took photos of the house (which look kind of like a castle). We didn’t go into the house itself because it cost way too much to get in…maybe next time. But we walked all around the perimeter garden wall which was about half a mile on each side. Then we set out on our walk through the woods seeing deer every where we went. These deer are totally not bothered by humans and we could get within 4 feet of them before they moved off but they didn’t spook and run away, they just walked slowly off and continued grazing somewhere else.

After lunch Meadowhawk got me climbing fallen logs and tree trunks of which there are quite a few in the park. Now I haven’t done this in so many years and was a little apprehensive but I got into the spirit and followed him along. As we were walking down this fallen tree that narrowed at one end I suddenly lost my balance and slipped off. I then went head first into a pile of stinging nettles and went head over hills down the hill a bit, stinging myself as I went. I ended up with a couple of scratches on my face, a grazed elbow but quite bad stings on my left hand and arm…boy did it hurt! But I recovered fairly quickly with no bones broken. Despite that happening it was still fun and I did enjoy myself. I guess I’m just not as good as Meadowhawk in climbing all over the place like a mountain goat…LOL

So we had a really enjoyable day and Meadowhawk really liked it. Elendil Star was to have come with us but unfortunately she is not feeling too great at the moment. She was very disappointed but the park is open all year round so we are going to go again on Meadowhawk’s next visit at Yule. It will be really interesting to see the place in a different season.

We also took masses of pictures…here are some of mine:

The long driveway into Knole Park

The long driveway into Knole Park

I took a picture of this tree because of its unusual coloured trunk - the bark was a smoky silver colour

I took a picture of this tree because of its unusual coloured trunk - the bark was a smoky silver colour

Meadowhawk at the bottom of the drive way

Meadowhawk at the bottom of the drive way

Meadowhawk taking a photo of a herd of deer

Meadowhawk taking a photo of a herd of deer

 
One of the deer

One of the deer

These are Fallow deer and I took this picture of them while only just a few feet away from me. They took no notice and continued grazing

These are Fallow deer and I took this picture of them while only just a few feet away from me. They took no notice and continued grazing

A walk through the woods

A walk through the woods

More woods and trees - very beautiful and peaceful

More woods and trees - very beautiful and peaceful

Meadowhawk standing by a fallen tree with a strange hollowed out centre

Meadowhawk standing by a fallen tree with a strange hollowed out centre

Another fallen tree but this time it had a very cool interior - I thought I'd take a picture of it

Another fallen tree but this time it had a very cool interior - I thought I'd take a picture of it

Looking up into the branches of a massive horse chestnut tree. These trees are so cool

Looking up into the branches of a massive horse chestnut tree. These trees are so cool

A view of the front of Knole House

A view of the front of Knole House

More deer grazing by the entrance to the house...see how near the people are to them

More deer grazing by the entrance to the house...see how near the people are to them

The entrance to Knole House - the gate house

The entrance to Knole House - the gate house

A different view of Knole House

A different view of Knole House

The clock and bell tower in the centre of Knole House

The clock and bell tower in the centre of Knole House

A back view of the house - this was actually taken through one of the wrought iron gates in the garden wall

A back view of the house - this was actually taken through one of the wrought iron gates in the garden wall

The garden wall itself that stretches half a mile on each side.

The garden wall itself that stretches half a mile on each side.

Wisteria growing over the edge of the garden wall

Wisteria growing over the edge of the garden wall

Meadowhawk pointing out a bee in the wisteria

Meadowhawk pointing out a bee in the wisteria

A cool scenic view with a strange shaped ceder tree in the middle

A cool scenic view with a strange shaped ceder tree in the middle

Woodpecker holes in same oak tree

Woodpecker holes in same oak tree

We found this very cool construction in the woods. It was completely made out of fallen branches and big enought to sit at least four people inside. you can see Meadowhawk inside it

We found this very cool construction in the woods. It was completely made out of fallen branches and big enought to sit at least four people inside. you can see Meadowhawk inside it

Many lovely foxgloves in the woods

Many lovely foxgloves in the woods

 

So these are just a few of my photos of our day. Meadowhawk has many more (and better composed I have to say as he’s the expert picture taker between the both of us…LOL)

Bright Blessings
Deep~Glade

  

 
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