Bramble bashing in “Verdilloud”

Publié le par flying kiwi

Have you ever tried taking a shortcut across country in this forest? My advice is “don't”.This morning, on my leisurely stroll in a quiet part of the forest, I saw a horse (and rider) coming towards me in the distance. Annoyed at this interruption to my privacy and not liking the idea of dodging craters in the mud caused by horse's hooves churning up the path, I turned uphill – looking forward to a peaceful continuation of my walk “far-from-the-madding-crowd”.

Little did I know what I had let myself in for. This “shortcut” through the forest turned out to be a treacherous obstacle course. Here is a sampling of what you can encounter in an “environmentally friendly” landscape:

Brambles -mostly horizontal and waist high – ready to stick to any vulnerable part of your body or clothing. Beware of wearing short shorts or woolly pullovers.....

Horizontal prickly rose trees – have you ever wondered what colour your blood is?

Nettles – try grabbing these....

Dead trees strewn across steep slopes covered with slippery moss – have you tried unjamming a foot (or even worse, both feet) stuck in gaps between the branches?

Slime-covered rocks – just don't try balancing on these....

Innocent looking handholds - Try hauling yourself up a steep slope by taking hold of a handy branch. You never see the painful thorns till after you have felt them.....

As you finally stumble – bloodied, grazed, bruised, clothing in tatters - onto the immaculate forest path that you should never have left in the first place... you may admit that there might be something to this local saying “propre en ordre” after all.....

Flying Kiwi

Fribourg 2009