A Forest Adventure
I wonder where our heavy boots, caked with sticky mud, will take us, as we set out on the winding, forest trail in search of a shy snow drop?
The sun will surely warm our icy cheeks through the branches, as we head deeper into the woodland.
Hand in hand, we stumble through puddles and clamber over fallen tree trunks. We climb logs and gather feathers. We spy moss-strewn faerie doors in burrows and run excitedly on, as our dear forest guardian, Robin, hops ahead from branch to branch, leading the way.
Breathing in the cold winter air, we feel it energise our core and carry us deeper into nature, to seek adventure.
Looking back to our muddy boot prints pressed into the trail behind us, we see that we have come a long way. Each step tells a new story...where we are heading and where we will end up.
It's time to pause a moment. We find a welcoming tree stump, sit down and bring out the steaming flask to warm our bodies. As we sip, we giggle and tell tales of the woodland folk who may be watching us from around the forest. We prick our ears and listen for their sound; but all is quiet, except for the sweet chorus of birdsong.
Time to rise and adventure on some more. Robin appears, nodding, as if certain he's found what we're seeking. We follow his lead, enchanted by his dedication to our little expedition. Getting nearer to a grassy clearing, we run on, butterflies rising up within us, as we await our surprise destination. Eyes sparkle with anticipation. Then, just like that, we see them. Our shy, snowdrops; their heads bowed with grace and dignity. A soft, glimmer of hope that Spring is growing near. January's gift, amongst the cold, dark days.
We stand together; one small hand holding mine, as we take in this magical sight. When you've got a child's hand in yours, Winter in the forest is filled with the greatest surprises. No matter the weather, being amidst nature is the most special place to play.
Pull on your boots, and have your own woodland adventure. You may just unearth some beautiful surprises of your own this Winter.