Thursday, July 29, 2010

Where My Footsteps Have Been And A Little Giveaway.

Footsteps on ancient  land. Wiltshire my birth place and home county.

Land of magic, standing stones, Avebury, Stonehenge, Silbury hill, crop circles, chalk hill horses and Moonrakers. Where the landscape is strong with the smell of cut corn, hay and farms.

If you stop, be still and really listen, there are voices, memories and secrets blowing on the wind with the whispering sea of grass.

And when you look closely between the grass, there are jewels to be found.

And when you look above it there are the friendliest of faces.

Today I left my home land for a trip across the border into Gloucestershire, to another equally magical place.
My feet walked pathways that Romans, JRR Tolkien and Dr Who had trod. An enchanted forest.
Follow me and tread the path of Puzzlewood.

Have we have wandered straight into the pages of Middle Earth? All is quiet, the wind is gentle on the leaves but the trees creak. Could they be Ents and will they start moving their rooted feet?..                                          
 Everything is clothed in a cloak of moss. Rocks, cold stone, frozen in time.
  A Greening place.
  Mysterious, magical, A fairy tale land.

The air is clear and the branches are decorated.


 A labyrinth of secret passageways. I was careful not to stray from the path.

 Do the ferns and spiders webs hide an entrance somewhere to an elven home? 

Is it this way?
Or across here?

 A storyland of pathways, I could have stayed all day. My photographs do not do this place justice. It is truly another world. You can read more about it here and I found two wonderful film clips on You Tube which capture the essence of the place if you are interested in seeing more.




Now it's time for a little celebration. Lately I've noticed that the numbers of followers have been steadily going up, so to show my appreciation, I think it's time for a little giveaway!
Not wanting to waste anything, recently I've begun using the small scraps of wood and turning them into necklace pendants. This one is forest inspired and will be the giveaway prize.

 All you have to do is be a follower and leave a comment. The lucky one picked out on Monday 2nd August will win the necklace.

91 comments:

  1. I enjoyed following your footsteps...thank you for sharing these images! Truly magical!
    And what a lovely necklace..I would love to win it! Fingers crossed!! :)

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  2. I feel the pendant's energy...surely it belongs to me :)
    Now, that was some beautiful walk you took me on...and oh so magical..I confess...I believe in it all

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  3. I enjoy your blog and admire your work

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  4. I want to explore those magic paths!

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  5. Love the post and the included photography, but must admit I am such a sucker for barnyard animal portraits. . .that cow mug kills me lol
    Awesome stuff. . .

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  6. That is truly a magical wood. Love the pendant, here's hoping.

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  7. It is delightful, and I would love to wear it, but if not may be you will be making some more andputting them in your shop? Wonderful, wonderful places you have been.

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  8. such a wonderful place to wander and explore! I would love to be in your give away! Your pendant is charming as can be, yea to the lucky winner!

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  9. Your photos are enchanting and truly draw one closer and beckon to linger.. Such a wonderful place!
    I'm a follower and am crossing my fingers for a chance at your fun giveaway! :-)
    ~ Deb

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  10. How lucky you are to live in such magical places - I love the Tolkienesque woods, but I love the fields and that cow as well.

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  11. A magical wood, for sure... and I have seen little lights like the ones on your pendant, one time camping near a lake... I was sitting by the fire when all of a sudden the stars were in the branches. I was disoriented as it seemed the night sky had come forward. After a few moments I asked my friend if she saw it and she said no. The, pretty quickly, they were gone.... ?

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  12. Such a beautiful and magical place! Thank you for sharing it with us and i think your photos are fabulous!

    the pendant is gorgeous. i would love to be entered for a chance to win..
    blessings
    ~*~

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  13. Hi Karen, thanks for sharing this beautiful forest with us! It is the forest that other forests dream of. :)

    I love the necklace and that is made of wood that would otherwise be scraps. What a magical example of creating art!

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  14. I agree that Wiltshire is magical. I visited a few years back and I have felt homesick for it ever since. I think I have lived there in a past life. I loved the grass when it would roll in a wave across the hills. How I miss it. And your pictures of this magical forest are stunning!
    Please enter me n your Give-Away. I'd be priviledged to own a piece of your artwork.
    Cenya

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  15. Oh, thank you so much for sharing this magical place with all of us. I have marked it as an adventure which I shall embark on in my birthday month of September, I think. Always on the lookout for inspiration, I have found your site to be an instant connection to an Otherworld which I cannot ignore. Bright blessings and much gratitude. XOXOX

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  16. How lovely, I'm always up for a giveaway!

    Fantastic woody walk - I love woodland, couldn't live somewhere treeless.

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  17. Absolutely beautiful images! I really must visit there some day :)

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  18. What beautiful photos - magical places indeed! One of my favourites is the 'friendly face'.... I have a bit of soft spot for these gentle creatures!

    Willow x

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  19. What a beautiful place to visit. Reminds me of Brittany, ancient trees and moss covered stones, definitely a magical place. Thank you for sharing.
    I love your artwork and really enjoy visiting your blog.

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  20. awesome post, thanks! Puzzle wood is such a magical place and your photography captured it brilliantly, we're visiting friends in Wiltshire/Somerset and Gloucestershire in August and I can't wait to be back there, to feel the old energies and meet the old souls again. Loving what you do with the smallest scraps of wood.

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  22. Wow what a beautiful experience you have shared with us, and it reminds us that there is so much beauty in this magical world if we pause long enough and look with fresh eyes at the wonder of it all....

    You helped me re-connect and make my soul sing into your amazing pictures after a very stressful day, blessings x

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  23. What a lovely post - I have popped over via Dan's blog at frogs, dogs and ferns and fallen in love with your blog. I lived in the Forest of Dean as a child - it was my mother's birthplace and childhood home too not far from Coleford in Cinderford and am currently writing up some of my memories especially of the years we lived there. Those photos are stunning and I felt as if I'd been with you on your walk. That little pendant is beautiful and I love that it is made from wood which would otherwise be wasted, very green! Do you sell your work? If not you certainly should.

    I am adding your blog to my list today.

    Jane

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  24. Silly question I asked when wondering if you sell your work as I now see that you have an etsy shop and you make lots of lovely items - I'll be back for a proper browse soon!

    Jane

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  25. Thank you for another beautiful post. I will have to find out more about Puzzle Wood, it can't be too far away from me. I would love to win the gorgeous pendant!

    Sue x

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  26. I love your photographs, what a truly beautiful place.

    I like that you are using all your srcap wood - and with fantastic results!

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  27. I'm a fellow moonraker too :) I love the ancient feel to Wiltshire ... you can feel the people of the past still living there in spirit. Puzzle wood looks beautiful! I can feel a trip coming on, it looks like the perfect inspiration :) The pendant is beautiful too, wonderful colours.

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  28. I'm from Gloucestershire and your post reminds me that I haven't been to Puzzle Wood for ages!
    I'm a follower
    Gill

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  29. What an amazing place, I especially love those tree roots covered in moss.

    Congratulations on maintaining the quality of such a great blog.

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  30. What an amazing, magical place. Must visit it soon.Thanks for sharing.

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  31. An amazing place! I will put it on my list of places to visit. I spend a lot of time in the woods and I would love to win your pendant. It's beautiful.

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  32. Hello!
    I've been calling for a while, admiring your wonderful, gentle paintings and your writing.

    Love the look of Puzzlewood — it reminds me of a magical but mysterious place right up in the north of California, called Fern Canyon, in giant redwood country. Beautiful.

    I'd love to be in the drawer for the pendant - fingers crossed!

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  33. What a wonderful post! Yesterday we took two 8 year-olds to the park in Lancaster to watch Peter Pan played by the Dukes Theatre Players. It started in the early evening and moved from site to site in the park and as the dusk fell the sites became more believable and we became part of the lost boys! Your photos of the woods made me think of how many stories we have that come from our woods....Narnia, Tolkien,B. Potter to name a few. They are places of magic, mystery and miracles! Thankyou for this lovely post.

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  34. Oh my, that is the most enchanting place, lucky you to be able to visit it in person! One day I'd love to tread those magic paths.

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  35. Karen, the pictures are pure magic! Those moss covered stairs are beyond words! Thanks for sharing and your artwork is magically other-world as well! -Amy (:

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  36. I love your blogue! It's a magical place.

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  37. Magical post! And what a pretty pendant.x

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  38. What a mystical, magical place. I must find it for myself & follow your footsteps. :) I adore your wooden hangers & the pendant is divine - what a wonderful idea! You have a special ability to absorb the magic in the world around us & weave it into your work. With love, Sara xx

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  39. Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and as I know some of these places well, brought back wonderful memories. Your giveaway is lovely too, always hopeful so count me in! whoever wins will have something truly special to enjoy and treasure. Betty xxx

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  40. You made me feel the magic. Thanks dear one! Blessings.

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  42. I felt as if I were transported into another world filled with magic, mystery, and adventure. The "land" is truly inspiring! Thanks for sharing.

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  43. What a beautiful place, and amazing photographs.

    Looking forward to the pendants on your Etsy shop....

    "I am of the Old Belief,
    There is a soul in every leaf"

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  44. what enchanting pictures, you are so fortunate to visit there in person! oh the moss, i love moss! and also would like to say that your art is complexly beautiful and delightful. such a joy to behold. thank you for sharing! peace and love, chella

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  45. Beautiful post. I'm following and would love to be entered for the giveaway please :-)

    Deb x

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  46. wow wow & wow..Puzzlewood! Just magical :)

    And such a gorgeous pendant...genius idea Karen. Your painted wood has the most amazing energy. I suspect pendants would go like hotcakes in your Etsy shop :D
    xxxx

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  47. Hi Karen, I so love the things you make, you are very talented. I especially love your silver hares and moons because they are so dainty, but I do also have an affinity with Magpies (and crows too), for their sheer cheekiness. I do wish I had a gift such as yours and could make such beautiful and delicate things, I do try but am more a bull in a china shop than actual artist! Thank you for sharing your beautiful surroundings with us on Moonlight and Hares, I only discovered you because of this name! Working and living in London I do yearn for the countryside (I grew up in Kent). Thank you also for posting what tracks you are playing on the site as I really love some of this music. Until the next time, enjoy your summer and I look forward to your next inspiration. Take care Amanda xx

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  48. whilst looking at the magical woodland photos, i got distracted by a phone call and when i returned i was greeted by one of my favourite songs from the film practical magic to read by... enchanting. The necklace is beautiful by the way.

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  49. Such a wonderful place...It must be
    Treebeard and maybe Pippin and Merry are just around the corner!
    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  50. I had to leave wiltshire earlier this year and you have just made in incredibly nostalgic...all too beautiful...xx

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  51. I love your blog - your artwork is always so whimsical and gentle, it's a pleasure to come across your posts in my feed-reader. Your work has also inspired me to try my hand at some of my own projects (most recently a travel altar box set).

    I would love to be entered into your drawing for the pendant, which is lovely. She reminds me of Mama Anu, Celtic goddess of the earth.

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  52. Beautiful post as always...and what a lovely necklace.
    x

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  53. Words simply escaped me when I saw your photos. Truly magical! Please enter me in your give-away.

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  54. What beautiful forest photos - I love seeing pictures of woodland walks (although going on them myself and feeling the forest energy cannot be matched!)

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  55. What beautiful forest photos - I love seeing pictures of woodland walks (although going on them myself and feeling the forest energy cannot be matched!)

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  56. This was amazingly beautiful. I've DREAMED about places such as this. It's like it came from a faerie tale.
    Congratulations on your many blog followers - it's not hard to understand why many visit you here. I am a most happy follower of your blog. Thank you for offering that lovely necklace as a gift to one fortunate soul. Theresa

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  57. Thank you for this wonderful trip!

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  58. I like your home county! With its fields it ressembles mine... What a nice idea to take us to these journeys. Thanks - I will learn a lot! The Puzzlewood is a magical place, no doubt. Even for a person like me, in whose native folklore there're no fairies and elves, it's a little bit scaring and at the same time so tempting, full of whispers and giggling, sounds of wings and tiny steps... Wonderful pictures of those leading-to-somewhere paths, waiting for your footsteps. And the pendant is soaked with mystery... I'm going to sleep now. What am I going to dream?:))

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  59. Yes, I'm one of your followers. Puzzlewood looks so wonderful -- I understand why it inspired Tolkien!

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  60. Living in France there are many things which I miss about Britain. Thank you for taking me along on some of your magical journeys. The pendant is beautiful, I am sure it will be well worn.

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  61. Oh please count me in! Your artwork is amazing and it always gives me a much needed bit of peace to visit your blog. :)
    All the best to you!
    Christina

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  62. I follow you because you take us on wistful, soulful paths. Your pendant is magical!--thanks for hosting the giveaway!

    (I'm having one, too. Stop by and enter by July 31!)

    Knot-Cha-Chá!™

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  63. Hi Karen ~ thank you for showing the path through that fairytale land...I've enjoyed each footfall and inhalation of green...

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  64. Wow. What a magical place, photos like this start me longing to visit again - not that finances will allow. Thank you for sharing.
    Gosh, at first glance I thought you'd attached tiny lights to the pendant - silly me.

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  65. That wood is indeed magical, much like that beautiful pendant :)

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  66. Your work is uniquely beautiful. I LOVE your hares x

    Su

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  67. Hi Karen!
    Thank you for the online visit to this wonderful faerie forest, and for the giveaway :)

    I LOVE the necklace.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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  68. Hi Karen,
    I hope I'm not too late to enter your give away for your beautiful pendant.
    Thank you for sharing these magical woods.x

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  69. What an enchanting blog this is. I love the fact that you're using your odd scraps of wood to make something beautiful, and the prize pendant is my favourite out of all of them - one of my favourite colours, too. I hope I win!

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  70. the things you make and paint are just so insirational and exquisitely expressed. the colours are so beautiful and tonally match. The whole effect is magical and dreamlike.

    :)

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  71. An enchanting stroll! Please enter me in your giveaway.

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  72. truly beautiful lady of the woods !!

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  73. You capture the magic and enchantment of field and forest beautifully.

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  74. You are a lucky lady to live in an enchanted place as you do.
    Please enter me in your giveaway, I love your Green Lady pendant. Perfect for lammas.

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  75. I could feel the air change as the trek went thru the moss lined tree's... what a wonderful bridge. Your are a wonderful photographer & storyteller. Your artistry is ...
    sooo yummy to behold. I adore the outdoors & amimals I can not take my eye's off your true to life art.
    I LOVE LOVE LOVE LVOE your pendant the vines sway with movement & stars glow .

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  76. I would love to take that trail.
    You got me wondering what is around the corner-bravo! Charming memento to remember would be your art to hang around my neck.
    Blessings & Thanks for sharing such lovely fun.

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  77. That was simply a divine journey.
    I adore your sweet necklace,what brillance that shimmers from the breeze among it's leaves. Your art makes me speechless.
    I am going to be a follower as soon a I figure out how to do it.
    thanks so much .. & please enter me in the giveaway.

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  78. Thank you for sharing your beautiful walk with us -- and what a gorgeous necklace! I am a newcomer to your blog but I shall be reading from here on in. Blessed be! :-)

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  79. when I needing to dream, I watch your blog, and for a while any bad sensation that is clawing my soul, disappear.
    Thanks for sharing your wonderful works.
    Eletta

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  81. the new necklaces are lovely:-)
    Alison.

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  82. What enchanting pictures, Karen!

    I especially love the staircases in the woods!

    -Dean

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  83. Thank you for sharing such beautiful places...simply magical, as your work!

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  84. Pure English magic!! Your work reminds me of a book called Masquerade and all the secret hidden places of Britain! Breathtakingly ethereal, thank you so much for sharing your magic :)

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  85. This is a beautiful representation of the spirit of the forest, gentle and lovely. I love following your blog.

    Vicky

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  86. I enjoyed your post. Will have to look into adventuring to the Puzzlewood myself.
    I went out walking this weekend to Robber's Cave. It was a magical day.

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  87. Lovely photos. I've lived in Wilts and Glos and love them both. xx

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  88. oooh thanks for sharing all of this magic!!!
    THIS is what its all about.. it must be.
    i feel a trip coming!!!!!! eeeee!
    xoxo

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  89. What inspiring photos! It makes me want to visit those enchanted woods. Your pendants are stunning.

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