Tree Portraits

Nature, photography

During my daily stroll in the woods this morning, everything was wet and very muddy.

The streams were running very fast, the ferns, the tree trunks, the mushrooms and even the moss look all glossy and wet. So wet…

I decided to photograph portraits of some of the trees I walked amongst, to capture how they look when wet… All the photos were taken during this morning’s walk. I hope you’ll get to feel the atmosphere of this wet, windy, wonderful, whimsical, woodland, wordless walk… (Any more w words?).

Remember remember, the blur of November

Nature, photography

Feet Nov 2015

I turned 37 recently – I think.

It’s been a bit of a blur ever since. That strange feeling is back again. A familiar place is being torn into pieces as we enter in the dark depths of winter.

Autumn Sky

I have been living  in the South East of England for 9 years. Because I’m not english I can’t quite get my head around the fact that here, almost everyone I know pays an extortionate amount of rent to live in a damp and mouldy house – and they accept it as normal. Along with crappy showers. Here most houses are poorly built/insulated which is a pity in such a damp climate.

Being seven

Animals, creativity, My paintings, My Sketch Book, Thom

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This is one of the frog who lives in our vegetable patch at the allotment…

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This is a part of the forest we visit pretty much everyday at the moment. We clear debris from shipwrecks in that very stream (we have cleared the wrecks of the Fern, The Moss and Titanic only a few hours ago)… and Thom’s boat gave a lift to a spider and a woodlouse across the rapids of the red iron-rich waters.

I don’t know what tomorrow has in store, but I remind myself daily to enjoy and make the most of this special time… Being 7 is quite a magical time in one’s life, and the beauty of having children, is that we are given the opportunity to re live it all again, through them. We get the chance to put the 7 years old goggles back on and see the world through their eyes, a world just as it should be!

Birthday Week

Thom, Yoga

Woods

This week was Thom’s Birthday Week.

We had a great party with Thom’s friends in the woods/valley near our house. It was such a beautiful day: a pack of wild children running around the woods, climbing trees (amongst other things), hiding in dens, playing in streams, eating fresh home made bread, eating chocolate cake, wearing “bounaches” just for the picture…

Moustache

The Moustache Crew was here… When they wore moustaches they were called Bert, Charlie and Jack…

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 All the kids went back home with a seed bomb each, now they can scatter some native wild flower seeds in remembrance of this glorious afternoon we spent altogether! W. amazed me as he decided to leave his seed bomb on the Airman’s grave, as a WWII memorial offering.

The next day was Thom’s actual birthday day. It was a quiet and simple day, slowing down, opening presents throughout the day and playing with his new toys :)

Then the two following days were spent meeting up with friends and trying out the new skate park with Daddy.

Today Thom has chicken pox. I thought it would be nice to end his birthday week with a last pressie, handmade, just for him, so I made him an owl this afternoon…

Owl

It’s my very first felted animal and as I can’t follow instructions I just improvised… And she turned out ok I think.

It’s special because the owl is “his” special animal and I made it myself, using the fleece we had collected from the woods and valley near our house. We are moving in a few days, we will still be living in Ashdown Forest, but in a town. Of course the forest will still be next door and we will now be able to use our bikes to get around which I am very excited about, as I’m fed up with driving all the time. So this week was also a bit of a moving-on celebration, having friends over in “our” valley to celebrate Thom’s 6th birthday and taking a bit of this magical place with us, with this little owl…

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Tomorrow I am off to my yoga teacher training for the day. No doubt another interesting journey :)

Have a lovely night,

Noemie.