I spent the afternoon listening to the men’s Cricket World Cup match between West Indies and Bangladesh while scanning a set of prints from a trip to Sherwood Forest on 31st October 1999.
Jessica was a great fungi forager. I think she must have been carrying her trug for the purpose.
Emily enjoyed exploring the forest and its tree forms;
Until a later encounter Oliver was largely satisfied with his own bow and arrow.
He clutched them as Jessica helped him into a tree cave.
Bright sunshine set the forest alight.
Louisa took a turn at carrying Alice in a sling.
Here she leads the group with Michael.
Following Heidi, I also carried the sling for a while.
Different groupings wandered freely.
Here Michael and Emily take the lead.
Eventually the speculation about whether or not we would meet Robin Hood was satisfied by a lone archer whose bows Oliver was allowed to grasp.
Finally we met a cow masquerading as a tree trunk.
This evening we dined on toothsome Tai Fish cakes; creamy potatoes, butternut squash, and swede mash medley; crunchy carrots; tender runner beans; and succulent ratatouille, with which Jackie drank Blue Moon and I drank more of the Galodoro.
Wonderful photographs Derrick!
Thank you very much, Holly
Yes, indeed. Thanks very much, Sheree
I loved these photos, Derrick! The children look so happy. I’m curious, why the sling?
Carrying baby Alice 🙂 Thanks very much, Jill
This is a beautiful collection of photos recalling a happy extended family outing. I love how you all took turns ‘carrying the sling’ and clearly back in the day when you could still shimmy up a tree 🙂
🙂 Thanks very much, Pauline
Really like the tree trunk picture!
Thanks very much, Andrew
Lovely photos Derrick.
Thanks very much, Sue
Wonderful photos, Derrick. How fortunate that you have these to remind you of these family outings–as well as the unusual sights, such as a
“cow masquerading as a tree trunk” 🙂
Thanks very much, Merril. Little did I dream to what use I would put them
I liked that, too.
Thank you, Jodie
Such beautiful photos! The light seemed perfect, too.
Many thanks, Jean. It was a bright day
Lovely photos and family
Thank you very much, Cinnamon
I love these photos
Thanks very much, Gary
Gorgeous family photos Derrick.
Thank you very much, Ivor
What a delightful outing.
Thanks very much, Peggy
Fascinating pics Derrick! Love the shapes of the tree trunks!
Fascinating old boles, Gary. Many thanks
Beautiful photos. People always look so purposeful in the woods. At least to me. And that dude certainly DID look like a modern Robin Hood. Must have been thrilling–and he had a quiver full of arrows it looks like.
He did, indeed, Lisa. I do hope he was careful. Thanks very much
Absolutely Brilliant. And Maid Marian was a treasured find no doubt. The forest is so different from your New Forest and completely different from any forest I have ever been in.
Thanks very much, Paol – especially for appreciating the difference
Idyllic scenes…and a fine cow.
Thanks very much, Tootlepedal. I wasn’t sure what breed it was.
Let’s talk about that cow masquerading as a tree trunk…
Lovely photos of the family walk in the forest. The cow-like tree trunk adds the fun.
I’m pleased you like that, Byung. Thanks very much
Robin Hood is alive and well ~ great news! Lovely pics.
Thanks very much, Anne
Those are priceless pictures of an enchanted wood. They must be triggers to swamp the foragers of the jungle with powerful desires and memories. Jessica and the elk seem to be home and content. Mr Robin Hood looks every bit the legend he is said to be representing. Now who is that dog?
Thanks very much, Uma. The dog, Paddy, came to us as a puppy direct from the Rescue Centre. Officially Sam’s, but, in reality, Jessica’s.
I can imagine the children’s excitement in this beautiful forest and finally meeting Robin Hood. Great photos, Derrick.
Thanks very much, Dolly
My pleasure, Derrick
Lovely family photographs!
Thanks very much, John
Beautiful faces, sweet smiles, and good memories made! Nothing quite like a day exploring in any woods…But, Sherwood Forest! Wow! 🙂
And what a cute cow face in the tree! Magical for sure!
Thanks very much, Carolyn. Much appreciated. X
Young Emily makes for a great Maid Marion! 🙂 And you and ‘Robin’ look like you could be related. 🙂
That is a beautiful portrait of Louisa!
Seems like it was a near perfect day.
Very many thanks, Bob. It was, indeed
Wonderful outing! I, too, see faces in trees. I wonder if they are watching over the forest.
Thanks very much, Laurie. I’m sure they are 🙂
What a fabulous family day out! I love the cow tree ant the ‘cave’. I, too, thought you and Robin were related. ?
Many thanks, Lesley
Such beautiful photographs.
Thank you very much, Melanie X
Great walk in the woods Derrick, lovely photos, and I guess lovely memories for you and your family too 🙂
Thank you very much, Agnes
Thanks very much, Rupali
Wonderful woods photos! Cool tree cave.
Thanks very much, Cheryl
Love your final picture.
Thanks very much, Albert
I’d love to both know enough and be confident enough to forage for fungi. I’m impressed that Jessica could.
The photos of Emily remind me of when my daughter was young enough to wear long dresses and take delight in the woods!
Thanks very much, Helen. I do like to prompt good memories
Jungles have many things for those who want to find out. Your photographs reveal it all – your inquisitive mind and artistic instinct. Thanks sharing Derrick sir.
Thanks very much, Harbans
A wonderful day, Derrick. So glad you have the photos to help your memories last.
Thanks very much, Jodie
Beautiful memories and great photographs.
Thank you very much, Inese
Absolutely enchanting! I love how everyone was immersed in the forest. And of course the tree forms!
Thank you very much, JoAnna
Sweet memories and wonderful photographs ?
Many thanks, Ribana
Lovely photos, and your posts have a lovely relaxed feel to them that I really enjoy ? Its like taking a little holiday for a few minutes ?
Thank you very much, Wendy. Much appreciated. For us it is like living on holiday.
That is certainly how it comes across. Looks idyllic. Love the garden photos on your other posts. They look like our New Zealand gardens ?
I thought that I had seen this before and the comments confirm it but really good to see it again. What a wonderful family day out!
Interesting that I could see these pictures in good format even on my PC!
Thanks very much, Andrew. That post has not been treated in the same way as others. However this comment of yours went into Spam. That will not have been the fault of your pc.
Derrick these photos are great! What a lovely day. I stumbled over here from Andrew’s post on the same topic. I’m so glad to see your family here, and maybe even the real Robin Hood himself. 🙂
Thank you very much, Crystal. I’m pleased you followed the link and liked what you found.