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How easy is it to get lost in the woods?

Not one where you don’t know where you are going, but one where you have a map – albeit a hand-drawn affair?woods

Surprisingly very easy, judging by SC and my effort this afternoon.

We went to some National Trust woodland this afternoon and they provided us with a map.

After doing the small circuit with in the PMV (personal mobility vehicle) with my mum, we set off on the slightly longer circuit in search of mini-beasts, deer, trees to climb, etc.

We managed to reach the curve of the circuit fairly easily – having stopped to look out over the surrounding countryside, found a tree with a branch that touched the ground – so SC now thinks he has climbed a tree –  looked underneath moss and stuff to find centipedes, worms and the such – personally I think it was a little too dry for them – and best of all we actually spotted a deer in the woodland. SC was amazed, and it came quite close, however, I was not quick enough to take a picture on my camera and it skipped off before I could press the button (oops!)

So, we got half-way!


Next thing we had to find was a fallen tree.

SC found that no problem, or so we thought.

According to the map the path should have taken us back to the middle of the small circuit.

So we kept walking.

And walking.

And walking.

Until at length we came, not to the junction I was anticipating, but the main road!


Where could we have possible gone wrong?

I studied the map.

And then I studied it again.

Seriously, I could not see where we could have gone wrong.

The next thing was most definitely a fallen down tree, which we found.

The only slight discrepancy between the location of the actual tree we found, and the one on the map, was that it wasn’t past the house in the woods (yes, that one, in a dark, dark wood, is a dark, dark house, etc.), and the one we saw was!

Surely there can’t have been two fallen down trees?

Also the signs for the walk we were on indicated for us to turn the way we did!

So, mild panic setting in on my part, insofar as my mum was sitting blissfully unaware in the car, back at the car park, which I thought closed at 5pm! Time was 4:30.

We spotted someone on a bike who told us to turn right at the first crossroads we saw and that should take us back to where we needed to go.

So, back SC and I set at a fair old pace – yes we ran!

Not for long, we did the run for a bit and walk for the rest of the way 😉

Anyway, we got to something that vaguely resembled a crossroads.

And do you know, when you are a little unsure all roads in a wood look the same, no wonder it is so easy to get lost!

However, I was a bit wary and very conscious of time, so I thought the best course of action was to re-trace our steps through the woods, and not take any turnings that might make us more lost!

Thankfully, by retracing our steps, we did reach the car, and more importantly before the car park closed. Phew!!

It was a fabulous walk, I just wish I knew where we had gone wrong…

I think I’m going to have to go back and have another go!!!

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A Word about Maps

I’m happy to report that I’m the kind of ‘girl’ driver who doesn’t actually need a sat-nav.sandcastle

I can read a map.

I can sort out directions before I leave and just ‘get-on-with-it’.

However, I think the time has come for me to purchase a new road map. The one I have in my car is a fair few years old.

As it proved yesterday!!!

Took SC to the beach in Wales.

Worked out where I needed to go, etc….BUT

It turns out the road changed somewhat, so instead of ending up at a secluded cove, I ended up in the middle of Cardiff.

Oops! 😉

One check of the map later, renavigated my way out and found the beach.

Unfortunately, it was shingle instead of sand – not the best type of beach with a SC who wants to build a sandcastle.

[note to mapmakers – would it be too much to ask to maybe change the colour you use for the beach on the maps so we can distinguish between shingle and sand?]

So, we had to look at the map again, and drove many miles to a sandy beach.


Weather was fab, sun was shining, sea was freezing, my sandcastle building abilities still suck – but we had a FABULOUS time 😉

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Love It, Hate It

A list of 10 things I love or dislike, hate is too strong a word really:

Marmite – love it, whoever invented Marmite Cashew Nuts and Marmite cheese – PURE GENIUS

Maths – love it, to the extent I have a degree in Pure Maths (geek status has increased 100-fold at that admission)

Map Reading – love it and considering I’m of the female species I can actually read one, was going to be a navigator in a rally car when I was with Mr Wrong No. 1 (personally would prefer to actually drive a rally car 😉 ). Don’t need a sat-nav either!

Yoga – love it, am a pretty bendy person to start with. Am longing to have a go at Hot Yoga – sounds a blast.

Dancing – love it, any kind. I started dancing at the age of 2½ – ballet, etc., and spent my teenage years competing. I took up ballroom in 2005 – fell in love with that too. To be honest I prefer Latin to Ballroom, but I don’t care I just love to dance, and I have a pretty lovely dance partner to boot 😉

Queuing – hate it. I know it is polite, and I certainly don’t barge in front of people, because I am not a rude person, but I really don’t like doing it. It seems we spend most of our lives queuing for one thing or another.

Facebook – not a fan. Really don’t see the point, personally. Of your 500+ ‘friends’, how many are actually true friends, or mere passing acquaintances? Twitter is exactly the same if truth be told, but I do tweet, although strictly speaking I did set it up for business purposes, as it is a good marketing tool, or so I was told (found it mightily addictive though). I might set up a twitter account for this blog in the near future … will keep you posted on that one 😉

New Year’s Eve – hate it – seriously I generally just go to sleep before midnight. Enough said I think. (Although I would love to experience a proper Hogmanay in Scotland)

Package Holidays – hate them. Really, I seriously don’t do being herded like cattle. If I go to foreign climes I prefer to be able to explore undiscovered nooks and crannies. Going abroad is not just about ticking a box for me, or just 2 weeks in the sun to return home looking like a boiled lobster. For sure, if I went to Paris I’d want to do all the ‘touristy’ things, like the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, etc, but I’d also want to go off and explore the hidden backwaters to find the real Paris. Or, if I wanted sun and sand, I’d try to find a completely un-toursity place. If that makes sense?

Hormones – hate them. I know they do a very important job, but seriously why do they have to mess up my skin, at certain points in the month!

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