With the forest a twitter with Flickers, Magpies, and Wood Pigeons, the dullness of the early spring morning did little to suppress our imaginations as we strolled through part of the 530 acres in Black Park, Buckinghamshire England.
I whisper, feels like Robin Hood and his merry men are going to come rushing out at any moment.
However, we are a wee bit south of Robin’s Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire. I can be forgiven such geographical dislocation I suppose since parts of the 2010 Robin Hood movie are reported to have been filmed in this location, along with Harry Potter, Sleepy Hollow, Dracula and James Bond.
So can you forgive me now for not zipping in an hour on the tube to London for our first full day in the United Kingdom?
Maybe if I share a patch of wild Forget-me-nots?
How about a Silver Birch?
Okay, hum… what about a brick house near the edge of the park?
Well, I guess I could have got a little farther out of the bush and you might have been able to see something. Next time.
In the mean while, watch out for Robin Hood and his band of merry men…
next I was going to go and explore an old church nearby with my easel and paints in hand but it looks like it might rain. We will have to wait and see I guess. The other option is to go to the Stag and Hounds Pub. Left to the church and right to pub. I wonder how often that choice has been made in this particular neck of the woods?
What is it YOU most first like to do when traveling some place new?
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19 thoughts on “On location in Black Park England”
Sounds like a wonderful place to take a walk! The photography really compliments your words in every regard! Thanks so much for sharing!
Thank you Thomas and welcome to Creative Potager! You have arrived at the beginning of a three month travel adventure. So I do hope you enjoy tagging along as we explore a wee bit of England, France, Switzerland, Italy Spain and possibly a peek into Scotland near the end.
oh man, Oh Man, OH MAN! That second photo — especially — speaks to my heart. Thank you for sharing your adventure with us!
You asked — What is it YOU most first like to do when traveling some place new?
We either tromp around on foot, rent bicycles, or both.
Yes Laurie, foot and bikes really do allow for a chance to get a feel for a place. You would love the trees here – lots of personality.
Happy for you… wishing you and David happy trails.
So good to visit with you and Sherwin just as we were leaving Shirley! And thank you 🙂
What a magical entrance to your 3-month artistic journey… 🙂
One of the things I like to do when traveling someplace new is hang-out at the local independent coffee shop…tasting their brew and people watching.
Tea is the drink of England Laura but when we get to France and Italy that will change. Though ordering might be a bit of a challenge. It took me quite awhile in Peru to figure out that if I wanted a black coffee it was cafe solo delivered by a server who reluctantly gave up on trying to convince me to put milk in it but still refused to serve it until after the breakfast meal. I love this about traveling! Right now I have two pence coin in my pocket and I am not sure I want to part with it. What a beauty!
Good day Terrill
Great photos And descriptions
I feel I’m peeking over your shoulder
When I first arrive somewhere I love to get outside with nature and smell the air I listen to the birds and delight in my surroundings! Thanks for sharing
You are most welcome Shakeira. You and I are much alike in how we want to settle in to a new neighbourhood. I think we will brave London tomorrow though. I want to figure out our taxi, tube and train connections before Monday morning.
I just love the photos… especially the ones with a path thru the woods. How quickly you were to get your first blog post. That is truly awesome! Hope that you have good internet thru out your entire trip.
The internet is great here Sherwin but this is something I expect to be a little uneven as we travel. I do have all the adapters for electricity so I will just keep shooting and writing and then post when the internet is available. We walked for two and half hours this morning in the park. Needless to say we had a wee nap this afternoon.
Like you I like going for a walk. Helps with jet lag and gives you a feel for the place. Enjoy the pub (surely that’s the direction you chose!)
I am going to disappoint Chiarina. I chose the church but just took my camera and not my paints. The weather is fairly unsettled. The church bell rang the hour while I was there though so that was most pleasant.
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It was indeed Jeff, eve on a gray early spring morning. I actually wish I had more time to explore what the acreage has to offer but with a bit of luck I think we will make that trip into London today.
A wonderful, sensory location. A great way to kick off what will surely be one of the most unforgettable times of your life, and I am excited to take your upcoming tour with you!
Glad to have you join us Sam! So far so good though David is suffering from extreme fatigue that I hope is starting to let up. We walk for 2- 3 hours and then he sleeps about an equal amount of time. Which is no problem as it gives me time to keep up with blog posts and such.