As many of you may know I am a part time mascot for Oxford University Morris Dancers. Unfortunately I haven’t been able to join them for a while now. It is May Day today, a very important date in the Morris Calendar so I have done a little jig on my own to celebrate. My version of the Nutting Girl Jig.
The adventure began in Pensford, a village not far from Bristol.
At the start of the walk we passed through Culvery Wood, where the beautiful wood anenomes were in full bloom.
After walking along next to the River Chew then across some fields we arrived at Stanton Drew, and soon spotted the standing stones. I stopped to read the information sign. The stones have been there a very long time, about 4500 years.
Here I am wandering around the stones…
I stopped for a little rest on this one, and wondered about what life must have been like 4500 years ago.
There are three more stones away from the main circles that can be found in the garden behind The Druid’s Arms (a pub).
They are known as ‘The Cove’ and it is thought that they were used for special ceremonies such as weddings.
The Druid’s Arms was closed, I would have liked a cider but enjoyed my orange instead.
After a little rest we set off back towards Pensford through country lanes and footpaths.
I said ‘Hello’ to some donkeys but they were so busy grazing they didn’t notice me.
The llama in the next field spotted me, but I felt a bit vulnerable with no fence between us so I didn’t hang around.
We also had to cross a field full of sheep, they were also busy munching grass.
My little legs were starting to get quite tired, fields are big areas for small bears to walk across.
We finally got back to Pensford as the sun was going down.
The circular walk was about 6 miles in total. Lots of interesting things to see, if you live in the area and enjoy walking I recommend this route.
It’s the time of year when pumpkins have all finished growing and humans use pumpkins to celebrate Halloween. Saltram have placed pumpkins around the garden for children and bears to find. Here we are in front of the house.
We soon found our first pumpkin.
We helped the gardener for a little while.
Nye spotted a tiny pumpkin with the statue.
We set off down an avenue of trees…
Soon found another pumpkin…
….and another one!
We had to stop for a photo with the beautiful cyclamen.
Here we are with another pumpkin, it is inside the folly behind us.
Through the drain grill we could see a pumpkin underneath the folly.
We found a tunnel underneath….
…and found the pumpkin we could see from above.
Outside again we discovered this one.
Underneath the chestnut tree was a pumpkin that had split in half.
We got a bit distracted from pumpkin hunting. We wondered about asking for a ride on the tractor but the gardener was hiding so we opted for a selfie sat in the shovel.
It was quite a surprise to find a pumpkin underneath a lemon tree.
Nye found this little pumpkin in the orangery where there weren’t any oranges.
Near the house this little pumpkin was watching us.
The last pumpkin was found on the way out. We counted 12 pumpkins altogether; I don’t know whether or not we found them all.
Before leaving for home we enjoyed cups of tea. Pumpkin hunting is thirsty work!