"Hobbit Holes in MyWorld" --by RusticWoodArt #23: WoolGathering I Go

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Blog entry by frank posted 08-13-2008 02:12 AM 1307 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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WoolGathering I Go

....not all who walk know where they are going,
not all who wonder know how to use their mind,
not all who waunder are lost in the woods of their choice,
but then who but a poet can woolgather on paper just as in the forest

These are the memories I create,
....of waunderings out here in the woods,
....that encompass me on all sides of my environmental up-bringing,
....where often the one doing the dreaming,
.....awakens to find that all is more then a dream
—by flp


And so with camera, canteen and backpack, I set of for a night in the wild….having decided that it was time to go off alone. Alone….now there’s a well mis-used word, since who is ever alone out in the woods. The problem is that most of us make so much noise in the woods, that one wonders….if and why they never see any-thing….but rest assured, you are being watched. Why of course if one wants to really have a good night out in the woods, then the next time your sitting at camp or tucked into your sleeping bag….ask your-self, ”at what point does the hunter stop being the hunter and become the hunted ? ” Well as I was saying earlier, lets get to walking and so here seems to be a good place to cut in for trail-talk….

....the trail gets a little hidden here and I like it that way, as this can help to turn folks back that are easily put off, while offering more to those that can read sign and push on….

....hidden, deep and dark it is in here at this point, but none to fear as we shall yet leave this darkness of depth in time for some light yet to come….

....ah yes, a tall one….and so I stopped to lean against and share a moment of silence….

....and out of those dark woods we now come into the light higher ground that climbs upward, while the light of early evening is still shining through….

....again memories, memories of an-other time in the history of New England….when the land was cleared and farmers grazed their livestock out here. And yes we are far out into the woods, but then I also know were the remains of water mills and more have been along with this patch of barbed wire…. up ahead we’re approaching our campsite for the night….., no-sign of other humans around and the place seems much as it was when I left in the early spring. Folks don’t get out here much any-more….and yes, I like it that way. In the late fall and into winter and snow, there are times when folks come through on horse and thats all-right as horse folks understand what it means to be out here….

....just an-other view up here….

....and no, we want be making a fire since I’ve got the jet boil along for boiling water for tea and rice noodles, along with some fresh brussel sprouts, peanut butter and crackers. As for the fire, well I should mention that I practice low level site disturbance and all that comes in goes out, without damaging the area….

....and when we leave in the morning, heres the trail we’ll be taking. Did I tell you now comes the best part….sitting in silence and in about 20-30 minutes these woods are going to come alive with abundant sound….

Thank you.

” smart, work safe, and live, to work the wood....”

-- --frank, NH,

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#1 posted 08-13-2008 03:23 AM

Lovely walk through the forest Frank from my office desk. When I saw the title of the blog ( Woolgathering), I was afraid it was going to be a trip to one of our local sheep farms. I’m relieved.

I don’t want to steal your thunder but I couldn’t help noticing the similarity of your woods in the summer to our woods in the winter, so if you don’t mind, a little share of the NZ beech bush! We also like to keep our trails hidden – and we like it that way!

and you never who’s looking at you here either… ( This is a NZ S.Island Robin. They love to follow you through the forest because they are ground foraging and look for food in the leaves you turn over when you walk )

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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Scott Bryan

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#2 posted 08-13-2008 11:12 AM


Thanks for allowing me to wander with you. It was an enjoyable and refreshing experience.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 08-13-2008 12:33 PM

—hello Steve; ....and by now you must know that no-one could steal my thunder or your thunder….but that I all-ways welcome more thunder. By thundering together we can make the sounds of many thunder’s….

Some great pictures you have shown and yes, it helps me to see the woods of where other’s also live and forage….

—hello Scott; .....great that you could come along and enjoy….

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#4 posted 08-13-2008 03:59 PM

Thanks Frank. Always nice to see the home state in its natural form…

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#5 posted 08-13-2008 04:16 PM

ah yeah… Frank, I like your timber as much as my own, I think. Thanks for another walk.


-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#6 posted 08-13-2008 06:15 PM

I like what you said about not being alone in the woods.

We hardly ever see them, but they leave evidence.

Almost every morning there are Deer tracks along the shore at our cabin,

& in the shallow water there’s Great Blue Heron foot prints.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#7 posted 08-14-2008 01:58 PM

Do you carry a gun when you go a wandering? Bear spray? I love to walk far into the woods but am always listening for old smokey.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#8 posted 08-15-2008 02:00 AM

—-and thanks to all the other’s who commented after….
—-hello Snowdog; ....I really figured that some-one would ask that question at some-time. No I do not carry a gun or rifle when I’m out in the woods. And yes, I have heard the stories….good and bad, but as a matter of choice I have never made it a point to think that way. As to bears, well I track them and see them some-times….but you know; ”I have never had a bear come up and want to rob me while out in the woods ” and, we’ve both shouted at each other at times, but in the end we both went our own way.

And talking about getting robbed, well I feel safer and more at home in the woods then when I take a trip down into Boston…. spray either, but yes I do all-ways have my ears on.

—and so once again,
Thnk you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#9 posted 08-15-2008 02:12 AM

when zooming down the major highways, with Rick driving, I get to watch the fields and edges of the woods. One time, during a one-hour trip I saw 23 deer along the way. Rick and I always smile and wonder how many of the people on the highway that day missed the wondrous sight.

Thanks again, Frank

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#10 posted 08-15-2008 02:29 AM

My wife and I had a herd of 36 deer that frequented our northern timber line around dusk and dawn every day last year. The drought here got some of them, now we’re down to around 20… They are something else… I can watch’em all day, I love’em all. They still make their trek, every day.

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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