I have been quite busy over the past two weeks enjoying myself along with my wife and two boys, hence the lack of postings.
However I have also been afflicted with tennis elbow which makes carving very difficult and painful, I thought I would therefore spend the time looking for wood for walking sticks and general pieces.
I follow a great Blog called 'Art Propelled' and Robyn sometimes does these great posts about walks she does in South Africa (click here for the latest example); so I thought I could emulate Robyn and start the year off with an insight into where I spend my time walking and scavenging wood while I try to rest my arm.
The following photographs are from a solo walk undertaken on the 21st December on a wood scavenging expedition. Its a place in the Cotswold's near to Coopers Hill and the cheese rolling site.
Its a particularly beautiful part of the world where you can find solitude and space to not have to think too hard.
My Dog Ziggy, a 7 year old Black Labrador is my companion on such expeditions and when I go without the kids I can spot Deer in the woods and tracks from other animals like badgers and foxes, no Zebras I'm afraid (see the link above to Robyn's post)
Through the trees you can just spot the car. I was the only walker there that day, bliss.
Ziggi off ahead to explore
There are old dry stone walls that you come across that are from another time but still mark boundaries.
Its a traditionally managed beech wood so there are swathes cut through in places along with numerous paths. some of the woods are National Trust protected.
You catch glimpses of civilisation through the trees
Ziggi resting after roaming in the woods
Our view at the time of said rest
Old Cotswold stone cow sheds can be found and they are quite beautiful
Cow shed through the trees
I hope you enjoyed this stroll through the Cotswold's?
Unfortunately during another walk across Haresfield Beacon the dog a week later managed to snap her cruciate ligament on her back leg and is due to be operated on tomorrow (4th Jan)
I will do a few posts on the tools I use to carve and images I use as inspiration while I rest my elbow
I hope you have a happy and prosperous New Year regards Dave .