Monday, December 30, 2013

Trust the Deer, Not the Rabbit!

The trust which we put in ourselves
causes us to feel trust in others.
                      Duc Francois de La Rochefoucauld


The house is so very quiet now that the girls are gone back to their normal lives after all that laughter and fun. My Hero who is still doing my chores had me questioning what I could be doing with all this free time. I found myself going a little stir crazy after hibernating in the nice warm house eating chocolates and wearing flannels for two days so I pulled on those coveralls and Pink Cadillac Boots and headed outside. I climbed up into the tractor and drove down the laneway to the bush. Parking in front of the closed red gate I turned to pull my snowshoes out from behind the seat, oh I knew this was just what I needed.

Opening the door I hopped down on the snow and ice covered ground. Thump…a hollow sound echoed through the ice covered trees, a sound much like a drum with its hollow center. No doubt this was the result of the inches of freezing rain that fell for two days then froze solid then was topped off with a nice layer of snow. Oh this was perfect for snowshoeing. I strapped those snowshoes on over top of those Pink Cadillac Boots completely forgetting about everything that was running through my head and I headed into those trees to absorb the beauty, the peace and calm, this was my place of solitude.


Well it turns out there was none of that familiar silence in the bush. There was this constant hollow thump of my snowshoes hitting the ground as I walked and the crashing booming sound of melting snow and ice sliding off the tree branches crashing to the ground, this made for more noise than I expected. I have to admit that crashing booming sound was a bit frightening at first until I finally figured it out. I found that I was constantly turning around wondering what could be crashing through the bush chasing me.
Since I truly value my life and am not silly enough to completely ignore my surroundings I did not walk under those heavily laden trees that kept throwing the unwanted ice and snow at me much like the apple trees throwing their apples at Dorothy and the Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz. I decided to stay out in the open away from those trees.


Deer are natural survivalists they know how to handle any situation and rarely put themselves in harm’s way so I naturally followed their trail winding through the bush away from those scary ice throwing trees. The fresh deer tracks were going under maple and oak trees where the ice and snow had already melted and had littered the ground with broken pieces of ice looking much like spilled bags of diamonds. The warm-up of the night before had already created a safe path through the bush for the deer and now me.
I could see where the deer most likely during the horrible freezing rain storm were running to find shelter and had broken through the ice, making me wonder how their tiny ankles could handle such a trauma.


Oh I love it back here it is so beautiful even with all that noise, I continued to thump along the deer trail in the open wondering where that trail will end and what adventure may be lying at that end. That is when I saw the rabbit tracks. Being the curious person I am I wandered over to check out where they had gone and came to an old cedar tree with its branches touching the ground. I bent down to peer under that branch.


That is when I heard another crashing sound and I felt a slushy cold wet hunk of snow and ice which had slid off the cedar branch above my head. It completely covered my head then slid down my back under my coveralls and soaking my flannels no doubt. It knocked the orange toque out of my pocket to the ground. I laughed out loud and that laughter echoed through the bush. Hollow thumping, unstoppable crashing and booming and now uncontrollable laughter, oh this was not the silence of the bush I am used to.


I bent down picked up my hat and told myself I should have known better than to trust those darn tricky rabbits. Back on the deer trail I thumped my way back to the tractor, loving every cold wet moment. Tomorrow they are calling for more snow and I cannot wait. 2014 here I come ready or not.


Later

39 comments:

  1. I hope we get some of that white stuff later this week...I am jealous!...:)JP

    ReplyDelete
  2. Just look at all that snow. I would love to have been there following along those tracks. Wishing you a Happy 2014 and looking forward to reading your blog..

    Hugs~

    ReplyDelete
  3. such a beautiful walk that would be,

    ReplyDelete
  4. Sounds like a lovely peaceful walk in the snow.
    Strange to have a quiet house after everyone has gone to their other homes.
    Happy New Year my friend...Hugs M xox

    ReplyDelete
  5. The day after Christmas brings a bit of a letdown with it doesn't it? Glad you got some hilarity out of your traipse through the trees, even if it did come at the expense of soaking yourself.

    ReplyDelete
  6. We may get a little snow on the 1st, but nothing like you have there! Enjoy. :)

    ReplyDelete
  7. Please keep all of the snow up there as I don't want any more.

    Happy New Year Buttons!!

    ReplyDelete
  8. I would love to be able to walk by myself in our bush, but between coyotes or bears I think not. Those shoe snows look so cool. YOU stay warm. xx

    ReplyDelete
  9. good advice, learned firsthand. :)

    ReplyDelete
  10. What a fun walk! We never have snow, but I am afraid to venture alone in our forest. Getting lost is my fear, not animals. Oh maybe snakes!!! Happy New Year from Linda@Wetcreek Blog

    ReplyDelete
  11. I'm shivering, thinking of that cold, wet surprise sliding down your back! Enjoy your snow, Buttons...and Happy New Year if I don't "talk" to you before!

    ReplyDelete
  12. You are way more adventurous than I am when it comes to the cold. I would love to follow those deer tracks though.
    Wishing you many happy adventures in 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  13. Glad you had such a delightful time on your walk!

    Delightful how you understand the other residents of your bush. I would probably trust the deer instead of the rabbits, too!

    Blessings and Bear hugs!

    ReplyDelete
  14. never trust a rabbit. my new mantra. ;)

    happy new year, dear!

    ReplyDelete
  15. I'm glad you got to go snow-shoeing out in the woods. I know it's your favorite place to be! :)

    ReplyDelete
  16. Ooh, I am so envious of your perfect snowshoeing weather! I have snowshoes, but it rained all day and now there's just a little crust. I wouldn't trust a rabbit as far as I could throw it.

    ReplyDelete
  17. I wish you a fantastic 2014 B! ;-)
    Gert Jan Hermus
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  18. I haven't been out on the shoes yet. My outdoors, adventuresome, teenage, grandson blazed the trail up the hill a few days ago, but he said it was really hard going. The front of the shoes kept breaking through the icy crust and tripping him up. We figured it would be a bit too risky for granny right now. We are forecast to get several dumps of snow through this extremely cold week, so conditions should be a LOT better when I return from visiting my family in the Kawarthas!

    ReplyDelete
  19. Loved this story of your adventure in the bush. It sounds so peaceful, despite all of nature's noise. Enjoy the snow that's coming, and if you get too much, please send some down to me. :-)

    ReplyDelete
  20. I well remember when my daughter would come home and leave. she was extremely talkative so when she left it always seemed very quiet. Me? I'm an introvert and I could be happy in the forest for days.

    ReplyDelete
  21. You were in your element, that's for sure.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I have timbercruised on some pretty steep slopes...and didnt know what was around the corner. But if I stayed on the errant deer path, it was okay...

    but then sometimes we had to venture out and break our own trail !

    life metaphors, dont you know it, buttons... sigh ;)

    xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
  23. Look at all the snow. Hope the new year brings some snow here!
    Those cold chunks of snow down the back chill me to the bone!
    Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  24. I love your beautiful snow. We rarely get more than a dusting!

    ReplyDelete
  25. What a lovely walk. I would love to hear all of those sounds of the trees throwing ice. I loved your description, like Dorthy, Your hat looks pretty in the snow. I also loved the phrase to go with the deer and not rabbits. That sounds like wise advise.
    I wish I lived closer, I would love to go snowshoeing. I am so glad you had such a nice Christmas with your girls home. Also that you got to wear pajamas for two days. How nice. Yes, I am ready for 2014 too.

    ReplyDelete
  26. Most definitely and good way to clear your thoughts - a good tromp in the woods and a final cleansing to make sure! Snow is so beautiful - hope you get some more of that gorgeous white stuff to play in to keep your spirits up. Hugs xo Karen

    ReplyDelete
  27. Nice photos! such a great experience of the cold..

    ReplyDelete
  28. I do so envy you your snow and ice. Although it is going to be a cooler New Year in Perth this year it would still be wonderful to be able to do what you've been doing in the snow; even getting wet because of untrustworthy rabbits.
    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures in that beautiful snowy wilderness. xx

    ReplyDelete
  29. Ah! Glad you are enjoying your beloved snowshoes! I wish you all the best in 2014!

    ReplyDelete
  30. still waiting for snow! we go back to school on the 6th..hoping it snows the night of the 5th and we get a snow day :D have a happy new year buttons!!!

    ReplyDelete
  31. We are in the deep freeze here in MN and knee deep in snow. But we have plane tickets in hand...

    ReplyDelete
  32. Pretty images of the snow. Wishing you all the best for 2014.

    ReplyDelete
  33. I'm so glad you are back to doing one of your favourite things. :-) Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your post has taken us on a walk in the woods in the snow and ice, it seemed almost real and I think I am a little chilly right now. Happy New Year!

    ReplyDelete
  35. I love your attitude as you face the New Year. Enjoyed tripping through the snow, and had to laugh with you.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I have yet to get 'out' since we've had our snow, you've given me the bug! Maybe tomorrow.

    Happy New Year B :-)

    ReplyDelete
  37. So glad you got out for a walk. I had to laugh at the snow falling from the trees that has happened to me so often. You'd think you would remember there isn't some animal stocking you. I would go nuts if I didn't get out and walk every day. Haven't had to don my snow shoes yet as have kept the trails open with walks every day.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Oh dear you poor soul, what a cold drenching! You were doing so well following the deer too... still, it's nice to take little sidetrips now and then - that's how we have adventures eh!! Cheers now :D)xx

    ReplyDelete

The mind grows by what it feeds on. J.G. Holland

Thank you so much for your comments, they mean more to me then I could ever express. Hug B

Please do not copy my work. If you like it let me know I am sure we can work something out. Copyright is in place.