Oh for a wrapped up warm, wintry wander in the forest.
A favourite treat of ours during these shortest of days.
We loose ourselves in this place, filled with natures magic
amongst the silent & majestic bones of these ancient trees.
And as we step deeper amongst the branches
the trees twist & turn & take on most mysterious shapes
We wander of the beaten tracks and explore
glimpses of vivid lichens we spy tucked away here & there.
Yet these are not the things we quietly hunt
We are collecting bright prickly holly & starry leaved ivy
to carry back through the falling dusk, to our wee cottage
to celebrate the coming of Christmas.
like our ancestors before us.
* Long ago holly was often planted near homes to protect against lightening strikes.
Nowadays scientists have discovered that the spiny parts of the leaf do indeed
conduct the lightening away from the holly bush & surrounding area!