Tuesday, 25 April 2017

A Magical Experience.

This morning friend W and I went on a thirty mile trip to Marks and Spencer's at Teeside Park for a look round.   As always, the clothes disappointed, although I did buy a lovely red cardi and a bright green T shirt.

The food department was a different matter and I found plenty of delicious things I couldn't resist so am stocked up for a few days to come. 

The magic happened as I turned into our Lane on my return journey.   Two hundred yards before the farm a beautiful young deer stood in the middle of the lane, watching my approach.   I slowed down but she didn't move and I got right up to her.   Then she trotted slowly in front of me until I turned into the farm gate, at which point she jumped over the wall and into the field, leaping away to the far corner, where she stopped to watch as I went down the drive. I felt sad, knowing that this sort of thing will not happen when I move into the town.

35 comments:

justjill said...

Wherever you live memories remain with you. How lovely.

jinxxxygirl said...

I think that way too sometimes Pat... Hubby and i live in a beautiful place... with all the trees and animals....and i'am just determined to enjoy it all in the moment... nothing stays the same no matter how much we want it to... that was a hard lesson for me to learn as i crave stability and security in my life... The last oh 5 or 6 years have not had that and i have had to learn to live in the moment.. enjoy what you have while you have it but always be ready to embrace change because change will happen.... I'm better for learning that lesson but at times i still struggle..... Hugs! deb

Mich said...

Considering how jumpy they are, deer are surprisingly curious animals.

Perhaps she'll visit you in town? We have loads of deer in the towns here...

Jocelyn Thurston said...

Of course I had to check out a Vauxhall Corsa and I think it is a splendid car. May it serve you well. How nice to live with deer and other wildlife about the place...sightings are always a treat. I see deer and fox here where I live and love it. Yesterday I watched a lone female wild turkey meander all around rooting. I don't know why she wasn't with the group.

Heather said...

I know how you must be feeling about leaving your beautiful countryside location. I have similar feelings about moving from our garden which is always full of birds, and the dawn chorus is just glorious. However, my little flat will be so much easier to run and I can walk to shops, etc., without having to rely on others for lifts.
Seeing that deer at such close quarters must have been such a treat for you and you will carry your lovely memories with you, wherever you go.

Sue said...

I'm always thrilled when I catch sight of a deer, even if they do nibble at my fruit trees.

Tom Stephenson said...

Lovely. I get deer coming up to me at my workshop in the country. Sometimes I try to shoo them away because of the dogs, but they just stand there staring.

Gwil W said...

I think animal behaviour is something not yet understood. The Italian racing cyclist Scarponi's pet parrot is mourning his passing by sitting on top of a signpost at the roadside where he was killed a few days ago as waiting for him to return.

Fashion note: Red and green should never be seen. Together that is. I wonder if you remember that one.

angryparsnip said...

Love the way you are enjoying every wonderful moment in the country.
I know how you feel. I moved out on the foothill because I wanted to enjoy the wildlife.
The option of moving into a care home comes up but for now my son lives with me. I wonder how selfish that makes me.

cheers, parsnip

Sue in Suffolk said...

How lovely to see deer up close, when we spot any I'm amazed all over again that something that large wanders about our countryside yet is rarely seen,
There are pros and cons about country and town...........as we found! Are you able to stay for the summer?

Rachel said...

Nice if the deer is standing there and in front of your car in a convenient spot to slow down and not jumping out in front of you. Always better that way.

Simon Douglas Thompson said...

I haven't seen a deer for a little while now, but I see lots of reports in my town.

crafty cat corner said...

Maybe I'm silly but my first thoughts were that it was your dear husband watching over you. Strange how is was not frightened and turned to watch you almost as though it wanted to know that you were okay. Ignore me if you think I'm mad. lol
Briony
x

Gwil W said...

crafty cat, You are not silly, your first reaction counts. I've witnessed many such phenomena.

Hilary said...

I am sorry to hear that you are moving.....I didn't realize that was on your agenda....but I imagine you can't run the farm alone.

Dawn McHugh said...

a wonderful encounter :-)

Robin Mac said...

What a wonderful memory to take with you when you move. I am sure you will have opportunities to visit the countryside after you move into town and you will build a bank of new memories of a different sort in town.

Mac n' Janet said...

We're always thrilled when we see a deer, such grace and beauty. I guess I should have known you'd be moving Into town, but I'll always picture you out at the farm.

Virginia said...

Definitely Magical! I love the way they 'float' over obstacles - horses seem to make such an effort by comparison. You will miss the farm, and the birds, but if you're fortunate you may be able to encourage birds into your garden, and that lovely little car will take you out into the countryside if you ask it nicely!! Meanwhile enjoy each memory Pat.

littlemancat said...

How lovely a sighting! I'm sorry to hear that you must leave your country home, but understand how that decision is a necessary one. Last autumn we left our little country house of 38 years to move to a condo, over 55 age group. It's one level, has an underground garage, an elevator, but----how I miss feeding the birds and my garden. I try to not look backwards as this was a move due to health issues. Best wishes in your moving.
Mary

Jennifer said...

We see deer occasionally even in the middle of town, and the birds at our feeders are a pleasure to watch. There should be some wildlife to enjoy no matter where you move!

Cro Magnon said...

They've been stripping the bark off some young Laylandii I recently planted. I love seeing them, but not when they destroy my plants.

Librarian said...

I didn't know you are going to move, but it is understandable; on your own, you probably don't need all the space of the farm house, and the farm is probably going to be worked by someone else then.
Depending on how urban your new place really is, there may still be the occasional deer sighting, or rabbits or a fox, and certainly there will always be birds.

thelma said...

Enjoy the deer, and the shopping of course, sad to see you moving out of the farm, but it is understandable. Take care. X

Alphie Soup said...

When you move into town you will always be able to recall the Moment of the Deer.

Alphie

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Oh! So you are moving into the town? You mean Leyburn? In spite of the young deer, I think this is a very wise decision Mrs Weaver. You are pretty isolated at your farm. I have found you a nice place on RightMove:-

http://www.rightmove.co.uk/property-for-sale/property-58790197.html

coffeeontheporchwithme said...

Although you will do doubt miss the space and wild animals that go along with living in the country, I imagine the convenience of living in town will be something that you value after some time. That is good you now have a well stocked larder - a good shopping trip, was it? -Jenn

Jenny said...

I didn't realise you were moving but it is a good idea. The countryside will always be around you, I can't imagine you won't find somewhere quiet and beautiful but with all mod cons and maybe like me an M&S 10 minutes walk away.

Countryside Tales said...

These contacts with wild creatures are so special. Being in town will bring benefits of its own and the countryside will still be there to visit.x

Minigranny said...

What a lovely encounter with the deer - must admit I had a fleeting thought that was the same as crafty cat. Moving is hard but the advantages of down sizing and close proximity to shops, docs, library etc can be a blessing! Take care Sheila x

Penhill said...

If you are moving to Leyburn you are surrounded by beautiful countryside,even the view from the benches by the Public conveniences is wonderful!

donna baker said...

Moving to the city a year and a half ago, after nearly forty years leaves me with wonderful memories of the land. I can return in my mind's eye whenever I want.

Sue said...

What a lovely experience. I used to love watching wild deer in the fields around us wen we lived in Oxfordshire, and once a Barn Owl used the beam of my headlights to hunt in as I drove the two miles down our farm track, it was wonderful to follow it on it's journey.

You won't forget the memories you are making when you move into town, and with your new nippy little car you will be able to enjoy driving out for long doggie walks.

The Weaver of Grass said...

Thanks YP but already bought!
Yes - moving into town is hard but I lived most of my working life in Wolverhampton which is a vert large town - at least our little town is not much bigger than a village - and I know most of the people around me.

Theresa Young said...

I'm sorry, I love deer, they're beautiful creatures but they ruin the heck out of my garden. They eat everything in sight no matter how well I barricade my crop. I love them, just at a distance.