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09 May 2007

Walk in the forest

Would you like to walk with me... see some of the places we could stop for our picnic?

This video is really two morning walks combined, taking in only a fraction of the forest. I've managed to reduce it down to 10 minutes... I know 10 minutes is still quite long for a video... but there's some nice moments in it, some beautiful birdsong, and some pretty decent views.... see what you think:

link to You Tube

(Topchamp and your man - I've tried to take shots so you can see the different types of tree...enjoy!)

© Annelisa Christensen 11:07 pm

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At May 10, 2007 9:49 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

Annelisa I really enjoyed all ten minutes of that walk with you and your two friends. Book that picnic table it will be just perfect! Loved it. :)

At May 10, 2007 12:31 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

I figured we could get lots of us round that picnic table, if we squash in, eh, Akelamalu! :-D

Glad you enjoyed the vid... I wasn't sure if it was a bit 'rushy', but if I'd gone slower, I wouldn't have got round much...

So, when's the picnic, eh? Maybe we should arrange a date :-)

At May 10, 2007 1:20 pm, Blogger Farris Thorne said...

Yikes... it's been a while since I've stopped by. Sorry to hear about the tech trouble... but if that trouble allows you to step away from the PC and enjoy that beautiful countryside, that may be a reward in itself. I had no idea that corner of GB was so beautiful...

I'd do the same here, but the video I'd catch would likely be of raisin vineyards, tractors trailing dust clouds and thermal ripples in the atmosphere; with Fresno getting into its 'hot season,' we'll be wilting here for some time to come. How nice to see something cool and green... my thanks! ft

At May 10, 2007 3:12 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

oh annelisa, i have so enjoyed my morning walk with you,unbelievable.
What started of as a real c--p morning now feels refreshed. So glad to see you have bluebells,we use to stacks but its hard to find them now. The best blue carpet nature ever made, just wish folks would leave it alone.At the school I use to work at,we took the children on a nature walk. I was asked to video record it. Well, when we played it back at the school, everyone had sea-sickness. It wobbled from side to side up and down. You have done such a brillant job, well done.I loved the way Jazz & sparkey, kept looking back at their mum, checking you where still there. Again a huge great thank you, I really, really enjoyed it.
Now no going on that picnic, if I'm in hospital, you must wait for me, or I'll sqweam & sqweam!!!!

At May 10, 2007 4:49 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Had to let you know, Math came in from work really wound up. Made him go on a walk with you.
Math said thank you..

At May 10, 2007 5:05 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

As soon as I get rid of the crutch Annelisa and I can walk round with you I'm there. Oh, we'd better wait for queenie I suppose! :)

At May 10, 2007 7:57 pm, Blogger TopChamp said...

not started watching yet but the sounds are making the cat pull funny faces!

At May 10, 2007 8:40 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

Farris, my friend, I thought you'd been swept away by some Californian wind or something. I hope you're well.

Unfortunately, the tech trouble is still undermining my authority over the computer, but as you say, I'm doing other things. Today isn't the best of days to be outside though... it's raining (both sons have recently come in soaked - one from scouts (he was trying to boil an egg in the rain) and the other took a turn at walking the dogs ( *grin* I managed to get out of it today. I didn't get a lie-in, however, as my youngest's alarm clock woke me... but not him, so I had to go turn it off!)

Do you know, you might think a video of raisin vineyards, tractors trailing dust clouds and thermal ripples in the atmosphere sounds particularly exciting, but I'd love to see a video of those things! (So, will you make one? Please?)

Queenie, I'm glad you enjoyed the walk. At the moment, there are areas of the forest that are totally covered - not only along the tracks, but under the trees as well... the sweet scent is divine!! They're not as strong and big as 'domesticated' bluebells, but oh how lovely they are when they all flower together. Along some paths, the bluebells from the woods spill onto the pathways, but are lined with yellow primroses... now that's a sight and a half!

Of course we wouldn't dream of going on the picnic without you, Queenie. If you're in hospital, or unavailable, we'll do it another time, ok!?

:-D You pinning Math to the pc as well now? I hope that wasn't a polite, 'thank you very much - now I know how mad your friends are'!! :-D Tell Math he's absolutely welcome!

Hey, Akelamalu -don't worry, we'll all hobble together!

You need a bit of time to watch the vid, don't you TC... that's ok, it's not going anywhere in a hurry.

I really love your scottish scenes you have up at the moment - *sigh* They are an absolute delight! Thanks for them...

Hey, I just realised.... you said 'cat'... You got the cat???!!! Yessss! I'll be around in a minute to see it... I can't wait!! :-D

At May 10, 2007 8:48 pm, Blogger ann said...

yesterday I went to the West End and parked the car near where I used to live in Chigwell. The first thing that hit me was the birdsong; I love birds. Where I live now was on the grounds of a mental hospital... the only birds here are crows and magpies. I daren't put out bird tables; it's so sad.

your walk was lovely and I wasn't even breathless at the end of it

lotsa luv ann xxxx

At May 10, 2007 8:57 pm, Blogger Annelisa said...

It's funny, Ann - I'm noticing the different birdsongs so much more now... and where I used to recognise and be able to identify so many species when I was younger, it's beginning to come back again... I'm actually hearing them properly (instead of them all 'merging' into one chorus)

My sister has mostly magpies and pigeons... it's just not the same, is it!

You'll have to join us on our picnic too, Ann! :-)

At May 10, 2007 10:49 pm, Blogger Queenie said...

Today they came from O.T and fitted my home with the most unique objects. These are to make my life better!! I have joked, about a grab- rail to my bed, I now have one. Its just not funny any more. I am telling you this because i have sucummed to the weed. You have been with me 100%, sorry today I let us down. It is just a feel sorry for me excuse. Tomorrow I am a non -smoker. Wanted you to know before, you/if read my post.

At May 11, 2007 12:11 am, Blogger Pauline said...

That was the longest walk I've taken all day :)thank you!

At May 11, 2007 12:52 am, Blogger twilite said...

Thanks for the morning walk Annelisa...panting away. Glad the dogs are companions...especially the stretch when it was dark!

At May 11, 2007 2:09 am, Blogger krystyna said...

Hi Annelisa!
All I can say it's THANK YOU for sharing your time and let me be a part of your fascinate morning walking throught such beautiful place. I really enjoyed it!
Love, light, peace and blessings!

At May 11, 2007 1:31 pm, Blogger steve said...

Can we have Sandwiches with Cucumbers on them? I hear ya'll like that over there and I have gotten to where I love 'em too!
do you have Guacamole over there? I'll bring some Avacados and those are good on picnic Sandwiches as well!
Do you have a name for your Forest?

At May 11, 2007 10:02 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Thanks Annelisa

At May 11, 2007 10:03 pm, Blogger QUASAR9 said...

Now I really want to get close up, and take a walk there in real time

At May 12, 2007 7:06 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

The "virtual" forest walk is really amazing. So many different kinds of temperate trees. The forest looks similar yet different from those over here. I bet your walk was cool and refreshing. ;) Over here, people have to sweat out a lot and withstand the tropical heat. =P

I love your two dogs! They are so adorable! =D They are really active in running around, and they certainly do know their way around. ;)

It's so nice to hear birds chirping in the trees. The last time I ventured into the jungle, all I could hear were drones of insects and the sinister look of the forest. Lol!

By the way, great moviemaking effects! =D I especially love the effect of the well. ;)

I can see why you love having your morning walks. It is breathtaking indeed and beautiful!

By the way, I have responded to your Pollocks tag and I've done it here. Now, it's my turn to tag you the birthday tag. It's on the same blog post. Go check it out! =D

At May 12, 2007 7:16 am, Blogger that frolicsome kid said...

Oh, I'm a fast walker too. =) And thank you for uploading this walk to a British forest! =D

At May 12, 2007 5:07 pm, Blogger ann said...

annelisa: I'd love to :>)

At May 12, 2007 6:29 pm, Blogger Akelamalu said...

No computer yet then hon? I enjoyed the walk again! :)

At May 12, 2007 9:17 pm, Blogger Katie McKenna said...

lovely walking with you! Thanks!

Your puppies are so adorably cute!!!

At May 13, 2007 12:20 am, Blogger Annelisa said...

Hi again, Queenie... I wonder if you're back 'on the wagon' again! I hope so, but if you're not, just remember you have lots of friends (blogging and otherwise) who love you just the way you are!

I can see why you got stressed out with all those new gadgets... it would be enough for any of us to feel just slightly uneasy... and no, it's not so funny when it's a reality, is it!

I have a very good friend with polio which has gradually got worse over the years, and each new gadget is sought after for a long time, yet when it comes, it symbolises another step towards having to accept that things are physically changing for the worse. In your case, I hope it's not permanent!

I'm rooting for you sweetheart!

:-) Was that the longest walk because it was boring, tiring or tedious, Pauline, or simply because you don't get out much? :-D
I'm glad you managed to watch it, anyhow (in fact, I'm surprised at how many folks are managing to sit through it! :-)

Hello, Twilite - getting a bit out of puff? Just as well I didn't take you round the full couple of hours!! :-)

Yes, I'm really glad for having the dogs on the walk (but then, I probably wouldn't walk so often, or so long, if it wasn't for them... so it worKs both ways! :-)

Sometimes, though, they give me the creeps, as they just stop and stare into the darkness, and sometimes they growl :-S There have been wild boar round here, and also (if rumour has it right) a big cat (possible puma)... I really wouldn't want to meet one of them - even with the dogs!

Krystyna! Thank you for your kind words both here and on YouTube - I'm glad you enjoyed the walk... I've borrowed my sister's video camera to do MOI's second song, so I'm hoping I might be able to get some better quality movies (they are such fun to make! And they're filling in time until I can get back to the computer more often :-))

Ah, Steve... cucumber sandwiches... Do you know, I don't know anyone who eats cucumber sandwiches! Tuna and cucumber perhaps, or cheese and salad (with cucumber in)... but if you'd like cucumber sandwiches, then that's what you can have! (I'll even cut the crusts off :-D )Definately bring your avocados - I love guacamole!

The forest does have a name - it's getting quite famous now, because of these new bike trails and adventure playgrounds (for kids and adults alike). It's Bedgebury Forest. This link is for the more 'organised activities that go on in the daytime... when I have rarely gone (too many people these days! :-) )

Well, Quasar... maybe you could join us on our picnic! Otherwise, you'll just have to come down for a visit one weekend... it's not that far from you! :-) I can show you some lovely spots...

Hello, FK...aren't you supposed to be studying? :-) Hope the exams are going well...

I thought you would enjoy seeing a bit of the forest here as a movie... it's different from just photos, isn't it! The weather was very dull when I started filming, so it was quite cool then, but it warmed up a fair amount when I was walking around fast in the sunshine. I would like to walk round a jungle, just to see what it's like, even if it is just lots of droning insects! :-D One day...

The dogs are great - Jazz is the dog I always promised the kids if we ever moved to the countryside, and Sparkey... well, Sparkey is a dog that doesn't take too well to confinement withing a hundred mile area, shall we say - nothing stops him escaping!! He's getting better, but still runs away from me at the forest sometimes, and I'm calling and calling for half an hour to an hour - drives me nuts! But other times he's sweet as sweet can be! :-)

You did a great couple o' Pollock's - I'll get to your birthday meme the next time!

Catch you again soon X

Hi again, Ann... I have to ask, now Steve's mentioned it - do you eat cucumber sandwiches? In fact, does anyone? Glad to have you along :-)

Oh, Akelamalu... I live in hope re the computer. Son's dad is checking out the laptop again this weekend, so maybe he'll be able to fix it... I hope so. You went on the walk again? Wow, you've got a lot of energy! But, then, walking's good for that knee, isn't it!

I thought you might be partial to the dogs, Katie, being as you're such a big pooch fan! How many do you have? :-)

At May 13, 2007 6:35 am, Blogger twilite said...

Hi Annelisa! Just dropping in to wish you happy Mother's Day (Sunday 13th).

Strange...at St Andrew's Cathedral which I attend regularly, we had the Anglican Archbishop, the Right Rev Rowan Williams, preached at the service (in Singapore)!

At May 13, 2007 10:49 am, Blogger TopChamp said...

Hello! I left you a big long message the other day about the video.... pretty much telling you we like it and thanks for the trees and it's great to see the dogs (hello to both of them!) BUT I actually put it on my blog instead of yours so have deleted it. Whoops!

p.s. The cat seems to have almost forgiven me... he's following me from room to room but isn't quite up to sitting on my knee again yet!

At May 13, 2007 11:52 am, Blogger Akelamalu said...

I'm loving this (virtual) exercise! :) Fingers crossed for the computer.

At May 14, 2007 2:26 am, Blogger Mimi Lenox said...

Annelisa - I enjoyed the walk. And I'm not even out of breath.
Maybe if you continue to do this I won't have to walk for myself......could I lose weight that way? (grin)

At May 14, 2007 2:42 pm, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Your dogs are the luckiest in the world for where they get to romp!
Hmm..I'd be freaked out a bit from rumours of wild boar and pumas!
I'm bringing egg salad sandwiches and celery with peanut butter and some with Cheez Whiz! (Do you have cheese whiz spread?)


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