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Adventure time. Sort of.

I had to put some more money on our electricity meter this afternoon, so I hiked over to the shop in the next village and took some photos as I went. It was yet another hot, sunny day, but as I'd got very burnt that morning I decided to take the route that mainly stuck to woodland areas (when I left the house at 9am, it was cold, grey and there was an ominous purple cloud on the horizon. So I assumed we were going to get rain and didn't put any suncream on. WRONG. Mother Nature trolled me).

Oki, I actually took this one when I walked up to the stables in the morning - this is the front porch of our 900-year-old village church. The tomb on the left is the oldest one I've found so far, dated mid 1700's and the final resting place of a 2-year-old boy. Pretty sad ... although not as sad as the graves further round the church, containing three very young children from the same family. Sobering to think that losing at least one of your children was once a common thing.


And another from this morning - I spent nearly and hour and a half watering each individual sapling in a newly planted hedge. All 300 of them! Anyway, trying to persuade my camera to take a photo of this butterfly broke up the tedium somewhat.


Walking over to the next village. The bracken is taller than me in some places!


I love how the path here has been used so often that it's now a deep trench in the earth.



Mrs Deer! I was hoping she would step out and pause for me in the middle of the road, which would have made an awesome shot, but instead she walked towards me through the shadow then turned and bolted across to the other side. I did get a picture, but it was blurred.


I dunno why, I just really love this little section of the walk. I think it's because it's so thick with greenery - trees on one side, gorse on the other, a little sandy path wending its way through. I just want to stick it in a story somewhere.


I wasted about 15 minutes here trying (and failing) to get a photo of two really pretty damselflies...


...and then I walked on a bit further and found this little guy resting on a tree. Unlike his buddies, he was more than happy to pose for me. I love how I can even see the little spiky hairs on his legs! My camera usually throws a tantrum when I ask it to photograph small things, so I'm pleased with this.


And THEN ... I found a cat. :3 He was very skinny, had no collar but did have his balls, so I wonder if he was homeless - he certainly wasn't being loved as much as a cat deserves, anyway.


I may have taken rather a lot of photos, but I'm aware that not everyone is as cat-starved as I am. So I'll only spam you with a couple.


Happy cat.


Slinky boy. I think he looks a little like a luck dragon from this angle! The other day faeriebreath made a comment about how a visiting squirrel might have been a faery in disguise, and I thought it was a really lovely sentiment. I'd like to think my feline friend was something otherworldly, too.


The shop was only 5 minutes away by this point, so after petting on him for a while I told him I'd be right back and hurried on. I put money on my key, bought a tin of sardine chunks (it was only a little newsagents, I hadn't much choice) and literally ran all the way back because I was so excited to have a tasty treat to give to 'my' cat. Except when I got back to where I'd left him, he wasn't there. :( I walked up and down, calling and looking for him, but he never reappeared. I was bitterly disappointed.


After the non-incident with the cat I was too despondent to take anymore photos, but to be honest I walked back the same way I'd come so it wouldn't have been very interesting. I know why I didn't see the cat again, though - karma. While I was in the shop two little boys came in, clearly on their way home from school, with the intention of buying sweets. They were discussing what they would buy when they found one they both really wanted, but were both 5p short so they started looking round to see if they could find a discarded 10p on the floor anywhere. I was going to give them 10p on my way out, but by the time my card transaction had gone through, they were talking about something else and I thought it would be weird to walk up to two children I didn't know and give them 10p. Would it? I dunno.

But basically, if I'd given those kids a goddamn 10p, I bet karma wouldn't have punished me by taking my cat away. Grrr.


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Jul. 24th, 2013 10:27 pm (UTC)
I love going on your adventures virtually. I hope the kitty is ok - he is adorable!!
Jul. 25th, 2013 12:12 am (UTC)
Nice pics!
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:44 pm (UTC)
Karma doesn't bite people in the ass for not giving two little boys a little extra pocket change. It bites you in the ass for shoving them down and stealing THEIR pocket change. But not for a moment that was there and gone, and clearly not THAT important, when they had moved on to something else so quickly.
Jul. 25th, 2013 04:47 pm (UTC)
Haha! Yeh, I know that really, but I just felt bad about it afterwards. Which is stupid, because in the scale of things I very much doubt that they will become embittered adults because of that one time they couldn't afford to buy an extra sweet. Oh well.
Jul. 27th, 2013 04:48 pm (UTC)
It is soooo beautiful there. I would love to walk through scenery like that on my way somewhere! lol
The cat is cute its too bad he had scurried off somewhere before you could give him a treat :-( its sweet that he let you pet him!
Aug. 3rd, 2013 01:20 am (UTC)
Lovely photos. What a pretty kitty! Maybe you can find him on another adventure?
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