Although I’m so fortunate to live in magical Glastonbury, I do miss the woods sometimes.
I don’t drive and haven’t been on public transport since the lockdowns in order to protect someone I live with…but this post isn’t about the virus at all, don’t worry!
It’s about a strange little adventure and following nature, which inspired a whole new song.
About a year ago, after being locked up inside and not leaving the house for three months (even shopping was done online), I really needed to get out. I didn’t care how long I’d have to walk, I was determined to find a wooded area. The idea was to hike to Butleigh Wood for some forest bathing…
So I packed my inventory:
Hiking boots ✔
Printout of a map ✔
Random crystals ✔
Headphones and music ✔
The first creature I met on this adventure was this adorable black kitten:
Can you believe that at this point my map had already stopped making sense? And I had only walked for an hour so far!
Asking random people for directions was fruitless. Some had never even heard of Butleigh Wood. So I decided to follow nature’s creatures instead.
Nothing was going to stop me from forest bathing that day!
After following the kitten’s path for some time, I was exhausted from the heat and sat down to sip some water.
A bumble bee, moving from flower to flower caught my attention. Of course I followed him too.
And it was a good call that I did, since Mr Bumble Bee led me to this beautiful field!
Walking towards the trees in the distance, I suddenly found myself on a path surrounded by crow feathers…
And I heard them cawing everywhere! I think I walked with a murder for some time (and yes, I wish I took a photo of this too! It was all so surreal that I didn’t even think of it)
After following the crows for some time, I cried happy tears when I finally found this:
Altogether this little hike took seven hours, including the walk back home.
I still don’t know where Butleigh Wood is.
Maybe it’s in a different dimension because Google Maps sent me around in circles.
There was a lot of emotional stuff to process on this little adventure and it all made it into a song I call “Black Feather Lane”, which will be featured on my upcoming album.
I even recorded my own caws! Snu, my parrot companion taught me how a few years ago:
Have nature’s creatures ever taken you on adventures before?
Feel free to leave a comment below and tell me all about it!
Love and Unicorns,