I hadn't gone far when I wondered if I should go back and change my shoes! However being somewhat lazy I carried on and in fact the remainder of the path was dry.
Our wood is a friendly wood not too dark and threatening and when the sun shines it comes through the branches to leave a dappled pattern on the path. Sometimes yesterday it did and sometimes the clouds won!
The path ends up at the badger set from where each night the animals make their forays to our gardens and wreak havoc amongst the plants and on the lawns. I suppose that Badgerville has been here for much much longer than our homes so maybe the badgers have first claim to the territory but it can be jolly annoying to have your garden dug up at night!
I reached our post office and duly posted my letters (horrific cost to mail a small card and gift book to Australia and a letter to our bank in France!) but I did also find some Chelsea buns on sale there. I always mean to shop more often in this little shop as it is well stocked with goods including the baked goods which are made in a local bakery whose bread is delicious. I don't know how much more expensive shopping here would be but it would certainly be more ethical helping the small shops stay open and the walk there and back would do me good!
Sunshine and shade on the return walk.
I couldn't resist taking a picture of this little feather on the nettles - isn't it perfect?
Or the last of the rosebay willowherb - what a fabulous colour!
Nearly home - there is the house behind the trees.
We took our cup of tea and the buns out into the garden where we sat enjoying the peace and listening to the birdsong. Did I envy our friends their cruise? No, not at all for who could want more than a quiet cuppa with a Chelsea bun in one's own garden after a lovely walk. No trees on a cruise liner!!!
Thanks to all those of you who visited me and left comments I hope to get round to replying to you all in due course. Time is cut short today though as something has happened with posting this and I lost half of it and had to re do it!