Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here...
From the poem 'Stopping by the woods on a snowy evening' by Robert Lee Frost was an American poet

This morning was overcast as my friend and I set out on our walk to the woods. We followed the path alongside the lake and then between the fields of horses. In places the path towards the old oak tree on our way to the woods has becoming overgrown. The walk took us 107 minutes.

The path to the woods

In the woods, I saw a flowering shrub which I thought I recognised. As I leaned in to take a photo the perfume from its flowers was quite strong. The Oval-leaved privet was once known as ‘Primprint’ or ‘Prim’ were its Old English names for our native privet. The Elizabethan gardeners used privet for hedging. The wild native privet has smaller, narrower leaves and is still common in hedgerows and woodlands, particularly in chalk areas. The blue-black berries were once used to produce dyes.

Oval-leaved Privet

Goat’s-beard: Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon opens its flower early and and closes them around midday -an unusual characteristic that has given the plant its common name. It is used for liver and gall-bladder problems.

Goat’s-Beard

After the heavy rains the ground has become saturated and muddy underfoot especially in the woods. The leaden sky made the woods a dark place to walk this morning. Then the sun seemed to break through and for a moment there was dabbled light. On exiting the grey clouds gathered again, and followed us home. The videos among the photos in the slideshow were made on my phone.

Hope you enjoy ❤

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