Wednesday, 14 November 2012

Unthinkable! I might have missed this day

if it hadn’t been for Millie.
It was Millie who made me come out for a walk in Radnor Wood and I can’t thank her enough.


The view back from the beginning of the walk.


 

Half a mile further on we had the first glimpse of the village of Clunton
nestling in its hollow.



The fields surrounding Clunton
from another half a mile further up the hill.




 I should have taken heed of the sign right at the entrance into the wood.
“Danger” it said, and “Forestry Work"



But I didn’t, and this is what we found a couple of miles into the walk,
after a good climb. At first I followed Millie onwards 
- she is that black speck towards the top left hand corner of the picture -
but when my walking shoes threatened to come off my feet in the clay,
I whistled for her, and we turned back down the hill.



Not that we regretted any of it,
and the final view before we set off for home
almost made my heart burst with pleasure and gratitude.



54 comments:

  1. I know the feeling well of being full of gratitude and pleasure for being able to experience and enjoy nature at its finest. I blogged about something similar too.
    Fresh air, trees, sky, a canine, human or alien companion and somehow, suddenly, all can seem right with the world. Benno would be proud!

    Lucy (formerly LUCEWOMAN)

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  2. Oh, Friko, that last view is stunning! That's exactly how I feel about Buddy. He gets me out there, and doesn't let me miss one single beautiful day. They seem to know what we need more than we do. And isn't that wonderful?

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  3. What a splendid day and you captured it both in your heart and on camera. Good dog Millie!

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  4. Lovely countryside, and there's nothing like a dog to get you out to enjoy it.

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  5. One of those days when all you need to do is breathe it all in. Millie knows best:)
    Your pictures are so beautiful.

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  6. wow those are a lot of felled trees.....thank millie for me as well...i needed the walk and the beautiful sights today....smiles.

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  7. A walk to look back on with pleasure....for us as well as you.

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  8. heerlijk z,on wandeling en dan met dit uitzicht geweldig mooi.

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  9. Frico, wonderful photos, I see weather was fine, your mood was fine too. Millie was glad to walk with you so long distance. I love the first photo: thin straight trees and colorful hills behind them.

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  10. Dear Friko, this reminds me of that line of poetry: "My heart leaps up when I behold a rainbow in the sky." So often, my heart leaps up before the glory of nature and the deep goodness of humans. I'm so pleased, glad really, that Millie is now a part of your family. Peace.

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  11. You whistled for her! You have that relationship already. How pleasing and lovely!

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  12. Nice series! :-)

    Greetings from The Netherlands!

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  13. Cold or not, your neighbourhood is gasp worthy. Good girl Millie! It's amazing that she's already running off leash and returning to you when called. It took us a long time to trust Georgia off leash. The first time I took her out, she bolted and gave me the fright of my life. Actually, she did that even a couple of years later, in front of a group of people who asked me (running and screaming after her) if it was a dog I was looking after for someone else. Gutter dog :)

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  14. wunderschön und fantastisch..! aaah millie :-)!

    liebe grüsse schickt dir renée

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  15. Such a beautiful area you live in. Have a wonderful week.

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  16. I am loving your walks Friko. Millie seems to have brought you so much joy. She is thanking you for giving her a welcome and loving home. I could cry this is such a wonderful union :-)
    Di
    xxxx

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  17. Gorgeous! SO lucky you had your camera with you - or is it surgically attached, like mine?!?!

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  18. A little glimpse of paradise, Friko. Absolutely beautiful.Thank you.

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  19. Hi Friko - the views along the coast have been amazing here too ... but I do love a good walk out, when we get views and vistas we don't expect .. the colours are too glorious.

    Your photos are lovely - good old Millie ... cheers Hilary

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  20. All of those photos are beautiful . . . what superb views everywhere! But the last, with the soft light and the muted colors! It made me feel so happy and content.

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  21. Beautiful landscape! I could see an artist using your last photo area and paint a watercolor – the photo is like a watercolor already.

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  22. My wife actuaLLy missed a weekend today. She thought that she had another weekend before Thanksgiving in order to have the children over for dinner before they go to Colorado, but she miss counted her number of week ends. So I think ths means that I cleaned the house (my portion) for no reason now. Sad. I could have read more!

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  23. Your photos are absolutely wonderful and show England at its best. I does look like a wonderful place to live and you seem very lucky to be there. You fit the bill of a prefect English country woman with her loyal dog.

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  24. What fantastic views from your walk. They make me feel joyous and thankful too.

    I thought Thanksgiving was week after next, so have had to get in gear the past couple of days.

    Thanks for sharing the beauty in your part of the world.

    FlowerLady

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  25. Just simply beautiful! That first picture took my breath away, it's so lovely. Thanks to Millie for getting you out and thanks to YOU for sharing it with me! :-)

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  26. Thrilled and uplifted by your wonderful pictures, (loved Millie as a spot in the corner) delighted by your evident spirit and wonderful new friend. Thank you for making my day sweeter, dear FRIKO


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  27. And Millie says thank you for keeping me. xxoo

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  28. Millie and you (and your camera) make a great team. Lovely shots. Thanks for that.

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  29. What a marvellous walk - those views are majestic!

    We have to thank our dogs for keeping us healthy.

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  30. What a lucky woman you are, with that scenery and that dog!

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  31. Millie makes an excellent tour guide !

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  32. If you do not stop this I am coming for a visit!

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  33. Hooray!
    Apart from the very beautiful views, looks just like my walks have been lately, that just leaves the incedibly muddy logging paths then.

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  34. Hello:
    You are right - such wonderful countryside. Indeed the whole of the Welsh March is a joy and we know this particular part very well having friends in Clunton.

    We will be 'off air' in a watery Venice for a while. We will look forward to catching up on our return.

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  35. When you see photographs like this it makes you want to congratulate yourself for just being alive! Oh, Friko, I am so glad to hear you have Millie now ...

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  36. Wonderful sights, Friko. And, you know, some people still ask me, "How on earth do you survive out here in the 'sticks?' There's nothing here."

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  37. Such a beautiful walk...so gorgeous
    Hugs
    SUeAnn

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  38. If I had your beautiful views...I would never come inside. What a beautiful place to live. I know we have beauty surrounding us too...but we get used to it. We see it everyday. It always looks greener on the other side I guess. Can't wait to see winter scenes from you.
    Balisha

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  39. Many thanks to Millie. What a beautiful country. Please thank her for helping us to see it!!

    Pearl

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  40. Your photos play like poetry. Millie is wise to want such a walk.

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  41. That last photograph is especially grand. The way light paints on a landscape at its very best.

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  42. Wow. Some of those photos look like paintings..

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  43. What a blessing Millie is to your life -- in so many ways! And she has blessed us, too, by leading you on that gorgeous adventure pictured so wonderfully in this post! Thanks to both of you!

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  44. I told you Millie was the best thing to happen to you in a long time. Lovely photos.

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  45. Funny thing is that if you didn't tell me where you were, I would think you were in the US on the East Coast. Even the little village in the hollow looks familiar. Dianne

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  46. Beautiful scenic shots Friko - Dave

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  47. Thanks Friko, I do enjoy starting my day with one of your walks. Nothing more inspiring for me today than a short trudge to the shop under dense grey clouds.

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  48. Thanks for reminding me there is still sunshine in the UK. (I know it is misty the next entry, but I needed the sunny boost.) Every Blessing

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  49. So picturesque. I am really happy to have learned that you got once again a canine companion, congratulations. Yesterday I switched my browser from Firefox back to Safari and today it occurred to me to check on your blog - and voila, the comment box reappeared! I have been reading all along, but from now on it seems I will be able to respond again.

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