Tuesday, 22 February 2011

of squonchiness and other adventures...

We took a wellie walk on Saturday.  Easily one of my top 5 favorite things about England.  As we were walking along in the mud and mist B said to me, "I love to walk when it's like this, don't you Mama?  I love the squonchiness."  When I asked what he meant he said, "You know.  The noise our boots make in the sucky, squonchy, squelch-squirchy mud."  What more explanation does one need than that?  
C peaking out of the oldest tree in England.
Believed to be 4000 years old.

B & C inside the hollowed-out tree.
Queen Victoria herself is said to have taken tea inside this tree.
They found a cannonball from the English civil war embedded in the tree when they hollowed it out.

Snow Drops.  One of my favorite things about England in February.

Trails go right through farmer's fields here.  You climb a style and go through the field.  These sheep came running up to us.  B was not thrilled.  The rest of us thought they looked very jolly and friendly!  

Very tiny crocus.  Right before C squashed them (accidentally) with his wellies.

St George's, Crowhurst

Sleep drunk after his nap in the Ergo.

The village sign.  I love this about English villages.


MNUKGIRL said...

Beautiful photos! Can you tell me where to find that old tree? We live in Cobham, Surrey. Our school is having a huge party at the end of the school year to raise money and it's theme is TREES. There's a contest on picture-taking of trees. Would love to capture my own snaps of this old, old tree! Hope you follow my blog! Glad I found yours on Expat Blog!

Cori said...

Hi MNUKGIRL! That tree is in Crowhurst, Lingfield, Surrey. I found it in the 'Surrey Walks for Kids' book. There's a lovely little walk that starts in the churchyard where the tree is and goes on a little loop through the countryside and a couple of farms back to the church. I highly recommend it!
I need to check out your blog right away!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

I was just about to ask you the same thing. We've got to check this out. So thrilled to meet another expat in Surrey :) XOL