And so it begins with a few fairy footsteps into the unknown. The journey to this point was borne on rainbows and new friendships, on the encouragement of trusted family members and on the courage to believe in myself. But back to the beginning…
Have you ever been camping with an eighteen month old toddler? Add in a continuous rainstorm, a regimented campsite with a list of DO NOT rules longer than a guy rope. Believe me it wasn’t the idyllic, sitting round a campfire with a glass of wine, watching our daughter play kind of holiday we’d imagined. On day two, dejected we packed up and came home wet, bedraggled and miserable.
We pondered – wouldn’t it be lovely if we had our own little woodland, somewhere just to turn up when the sun was shining? A place to do all the things we wanted without rules, to be free to cook on an open fire, to sing and dance through the trees without being in trouble for ‘disturbing the peace?’ We wanted a safe place for our daughter to play, climb trees, get mucky and explore; do all the things we did as children. We thought it was just a dream but we each secretly researched the idea and discovered it was within our grasp.
We spent an informative and idyllic summer pottering around different woodlands for sale. We learnt the jargon; gently undulating in Wales actually means a cliff face and good ground cover means thigh deep in nettles! We finally discovered our woodland in the middle of the fields in Shropshire; seven acres of mixed woodland, a perfect flat area for camping, a bank of badger setts, buzzards circling and some amazing old trees.
We sat on a huge fallen tree at the top of the hill and gazed out over the flowering rhododendrons and old oak trees to the sunlit fields beyond. The tingle of excitement rose as we just knew that this was our wood.
This blog is about my children’s escapades in their enchanted woodland and the stories they inspired me to write. Seeing its splendour through the eyes of children has become a magical adventure and the bedtime stories I wrote for my children are now ready to be shared.