If you go down to the woods today you’re in for a big surprise – and it’s NOT bears! We have two woods near us – one is Ramalley, the other is Flexford. Flexford has cows and rabbits; Ramalley has trees and dogs. I name one of the trees as the Big Tree, but it’s very small! (Joke!)
It’s very wonderful to walk about the woods and discover beautiful plants and animals. The other day, we saw a deer running away from us – or maybe it was a BEAR! There are also wild garlic growing in the wood.
Where is wild garlic from?
A friend of mine told me that when the Romans invaded Britain, they brought with them some garlic as a snack. They threw some of the garlic away and the garlic took root and grew in the wild. Do you believe this story?
Half-eaten rabbit and grumpy cows
It’s not always pretty though – we once saw a dead, half-eaten rabbit! (Apologies for those squeamish people who have just vomited). Also, in spring the cows can get very grumpy as the females have calves to look after, and they don’t like to be disturbed and they are keen to protect their babies. My dad and I once had a Close Encounter of the Cow kind!
So, apart from dead rabbits and grumpy cows, the woods are great. How many of you are fortunate enough to have woods so close to you? It takes me just three minutes to walk to them and I think Chandler’s Ford is a wonderful place as we have so many amazing woods around us.
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