Grey and dull but sooo nice!
Unfortunately I never got the chance of taking a photo of them flying by because we were walking in the forest when they passed above us. I could hear them for quite some time but couldn’t figure out where they were until they were straight above us. I saw them only long enough to see that it wasn’t Canadian geese but that’s it.
Even if it was so quiet that it felt like we were the only ones alive I could see signs of other being around :-) The smoke coming out of the chimney and the horses eating :-)
It’s a bit fun, I’ve been grumpy about not being able to walk in to the bog through the forest on this side of the village since hunters have been out there, now when they have stopped for the season I had no wish to go in there this morning :-) Instead we walked to the little lake in the forest and up those ridges again. I think they mostly consists of sand, gravel and stones and that it was the big ice that once created them so many thousands of years ago.
They have tried to see if our bog was a good peat bog so here and there I can find some square holes in the ground, now filled with water and possible perfect places for water voles. But our bog isn’t a peat bog, it is just the opposite, full of lime.
The ice age didn’t just stop and started to melt away the ice in a steady flow, some years were warmer and some colder and every now and again the ice stopped and deposited lots of debris (like sand, stones and gravel in huge piles that became todays ridges). Here the ice must have grown and shrunk since there are several ridges with steep walls and small valleys in between. Some places are like big pots with no way to go down to the bottom since the walls are so steep.
Well the small dogs and I may have made it down but not the old guys, they had problems enough when we found a road leading down into one, up however was no problem at all. They have cut down the trees there from time to time, some just a year ago or so but some trees are old and very high. I found two spruces that must have been at least 40 meters high (more or less the same in yards) and they must have been old because our spruces usually never get higher than 50 meters.
We walked the same way up on the ridge at first but turned right when I found an old road to walk on.
In some of the valleys trees grow so close that it is impossible to walk there.
Here’s one of the easy to reach valleys and they have of course cut down trees there. All trees are big but some are even bigger. I can imagine how great the micro climate is down there.
The walk was really nice since the wind didn’t blow and it neither rained nor snowed, that will all start later today. It’s a few degrees above freezing and I could walk all the way with my jacket open. It was so quiet when we started walking that it felt we were the only ones alive, not even the birds made any noise :-) Suddenly when we had walked quite some distance on those ridges I heard a rooster! I then realised that if we had had a frozen bog I would have been able to just continue on the ridge we were walking on until it reached the bog and then we could have walked home that way :-) Now we had to turn back again, we were out walking for almost two hours :-)
Some however have at least a small glade where one could walk.
Hector was the one who decided in what pace we should walk because last week we did a bit too much walking in perhaps a bit too fast pace for him so he had big problems walking our last walk for the weekend, he limped so bad that I was worried it might have been too much to recover from. But today all went well and he’s ready for another walk :-)
An old road went down one of them though and that road leads to the cottage that is even more remotely placed from the world than the one I live in :-) The road isn’t used much though, they have a better one they use, close to the farm with the two horses I often show here.
I estimate that these trees are around 40 meter high and they weren’t the highest.
The fire is burning in the stove and I feel it is time for me to take a small nap. The dogs and cats are already sleeping so I think it isn’t more than right that I can do that too :-)
Have a great day!