Bullocks, horses and bluebells in South Oxfordshire – just for the love

Last weekend we took a long walk to Goring-on-Thames looking for bluebells. We are so lucky where we live – step out of the door and you are in beautiful countryside and it isn’t difficult to get right off the beaten track where you won’t see another soul for miles and miles. We threw in some geocaching and my son’s current favourite pastime while out walking – collecting spent shotgun cartridges (!) to keep the children amused but the main purpose was hunting bluebells (and finishing off with a lovely pub dinner!)

As we walked up the hill, we found a recently excavated badger sett. We turned around from inspecting it, to find these curious chaps inspecting us!

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They did get a little too close for comfort, but didn’t seem to be too impressed with my camera. We didn’t hang around for too long though – too much testosterone in this field for my liking!

Whitchurch on Thames photography

Not long after we came across some horses, or to be more accurate, as soon as the younger of these two saw my daughter, he came over to us. Clearly used to being fed by a small person, and my daughter was only too happy to oblige. Before long the older of the two came across as well. I love this shot of the youngster literally stealing food from Mum’s (?) mouth 😀

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My son is not an easy subject to photograph these days, but every now and then I manage to grab a shot, sometimes even with a smile (usually a response to a really bad joke, but needs must.) This is his “No, I am not laughing at your terrible joke, really I am not!”

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Meanwhile my daughter was busy camouflaging herself in the nearby field. I bet you can’t see her LOL!

Whitchurch on Thames photography

There are so many beautiful bluebell woods near to where we live, but these were particularly special because we had them all to ourselves…

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and my daughter kindly agreed to sit in them, but only if I took some pictures of her favourite cuddly too – meet Fudge, the guide dog…

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Finally she agreed to lose the bandana and the cuddly..

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Isn’t she just gorgeous?

Goring on Thames bluebell photography

I can usually catch him when he thinks he has got away with pulling a really terrible face – there will often be a real smile at the end of it…

Goring on Thames bluebell photography

There is no end to the entertainment children will find when out walking. This was a reaction to pinging a new wire fence with a stick and listening to each other along the length of it (you can just see the wire behind him!)

Goring on Thames bluebell photography

I love finds like this, I wanted to put it in my backpack and take it home, but then it would lose something of the magic of a found treasure in the middle of all those bluebells. I was almost expecting a fairy to appear out of the hole at the bottom….

Goring on Thames bluebell photography

Our 8 1/2 km walk ended in a lovely dinner in The Catherine Wheel in Goring. Highly recommended if you are in the area and looking for somewhere to eat!

I hope you enjoyed sharing our little journey with us.

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