A walk in burnt Gorse in the New Forest
Kitty and I were out for a Sunday afternoon constitutional whilst our pizza rough sat rising in it's bowl at home. Not wanting to venture far we visited Dibden Inclosure. One side of our walk was bright yellow flowering gorse bushes, the other side, burnt gorse. When you see it like that the contrast is stark. Twas a good opportunity for Kitty to ask questions about why it was burnt though and once home we googled to find answers. It's good to walk in the woods, to enjoy the space but it's really rewarding when the walk provokes questions and the finding of answers and a deeper understanding for Kitty of thee forest around us.
As we walked on we left the burnt gorse behind and found new growth by the trees ahead, stopping for a break on a fallen tree trunk where Kitty made notes of what she had seen. She's a methodical child, all about the questions and facts of late. If we go for a walk she likes to take her notebook to list what we see. Whilst she has this thirst to learn I love giving her factual books and standing back to watch the information soak in.
Collecting is a new hobby too, she decided, quite independently to start a collection of 'Things People Have Lost'.
So far she has an old brown glass bottle with stopper, a plastic fishing weight and a button from the beach. These treasures are arranged neatly on her windowsill, I think the theory is that people will find them is she leaves them in sight of the road.
As we headed back to the car we spotted this chap, who had been very vocal. The sky was getting darker, the evening drawing in and this was a perfect moment to end on.