DAMA DAMA DAMA
Well, it seems to have been an animal-themed week for some folk. This post was inspired by the talented Molly Bloom
, a very 'deer' friend of mine.
A few miles away from where I grew up in Lincolnshire (UK), there is a fair-sized forest, Bourne Woods. Mum would sometimes take me as a little Pod, and I used to love it, frolicking about, disappearing into my own fantastical world. When I was about twenty perhaps, I revisited with my sister and my nephew Zak, who would have been about four. We ventured into the depths of the woods and ended up having to crawl on our hands and knees down a low tunnel that was formed by the lowest branches of a long row of pines. We came across an old skull, which we assumed must have been a deer as there were stubby little horns where antler once where I suppose.
As we studied it in awe, a shadow flickered at the end of the tunnel, which was probably another three metres away. All at once we looked up and our eyes landed on a fawn standing in silhouette. Hushed, we stared at it, and it stared back. The feeling seemed balanced between all of us, even Zak, a very active little boy, was silenced. Slowly the three humans turned to look at each other, tears in our eyes. The fawn bounced off.
We scrambled to the end of the woody tunnel, where we found a small stream. Just as I popped my head out, a herd of deer jumped the stream, and right at the back I saw a single flash of white. We had been given the privilege of seeing the rare white deer. I can't really remember what was said or done after that, except that when we left the forest and crossed the field to the car, we turned back and standing just beyond the trees was a huge stag, as still and proud as can be, so obviously King of the Woods. We stood astounded, and as I sent a mental 'thank you' he turned and strode back into the darkness of the woods..........
In a different kingdom, on bended knee I offer him a flower (did I catch a glimpse of Mr Tumnus too?).
I love you Molly...........
Take care me deers!
(this photo was taken in New Plymouth, New Zealand by the way)