At last the time arrived for the visit to meet Diggly, as discussed here and here. Three of the Felty Folk had plucked up the courage to go on a first trip with me in the car. Neeva showed them around the car, and reassured them that it would be OK, and they climbed up into the safety seat I had created for them:
They were quite excited but a little nervous. I started the car, checked they were OK, and set off. They were quite quiet initially, and as they got used to the new sensations, they started happily chatting with each other.
I drove towards Selkirk, aiming for the area where I had seen Oosie, and she had done her leaf dance. When we were in the right area, I pulled into a layby to check with Oosie where to go next. They clambered out of their seat, and had a bit of a stretch and explored the car:
There was a lovely view to the distant hills:
It was a lovely day altogether, much nicer for the trip than first intended, where it was supposed to be an easier way of Oosie getting to see her friend Diggly when travelling was hard on foot during the Winter. However the Winter was not too hard this year, and I had been a little unwell to take trips out, so it had been delayed. Oosie had managed to see Diggly a couple of times during the Winter, so this trip had turned into a bit of a jolly for the Felty Folk, and a bit of excitement travelling by car.
I showed them the map, and pointed out where I had seen Oosie before, and she was able to guide me towards where Diggly lived.
We set off again and soon came to the trees where I had seen Oosie:
A little further on, Oosie started getting quite excited and said we were nearly there, so I found a place to park up and we set off by foot, towards a footbridge:
This is the burn running under from the footbridge:
We came to a forked path, but Oosie skipped ahead to show us the way:
Through the gate we were in beautiful woodland, paved with wild flowers. Forget-me-nots threaded under the trees:
I love the way they change colour as the flowers age:
There were Wood Anemones:
And striking trees – a Copper Beech:
And a Crab Apple tree in full bloom:
And a lichen encrusted Apple tree:
“It’s Diggly, it’s Diggly, it’s Diggly!!” cried Oosie jumping up and down in her excitement. The others were waving and calling out too.
“Hello,” I said, “You must be Diggly.”
“That’s right, and you must be Ruth,” he said, “Oosie’s told me about you. I’d better come down and say hello to her…”
He climbed down and ran to Oosie:
They were VERY pleased to see each other. There must be something magical going on between them:
Diggly greeted the others, and they all climbed on a Butterbur leaf for a good chat:
I chatted with them for a while, but they were talking about Folk I didn’t know, so it was hard to join in. Diggly was giving them some lunch, but the food was only suitable for Felty Folk;so I said I’d go off for a short walk and explore, and would come back for them later, and left them chatting:
On my walk I found a beautiful view across a field:
that somehow reminded me of the Monet painting, Le Pave du Chailly. There was a clump of Welsh Poppies that just glowed, under tender green beech leaves:
Closer to the burn there were the unusual Water Avens:
They remind me of Victorian lampshades:
Maybe the Felty Folk use them for something, I’ll have to ask them. I walked back along the path by the Crab Apple tree:
and headed to the patch of Butterbur, but no Felty Folk were in sight. I carried on along the path and came back to the footbridge:
And there they were, waiting for me:
“Are you ready to go home?” I asked. “We can stay a bit longer if you like?”
“Yes, we’re ready to go now,” Neeva and Dod replied.
Oosie explained that Diggly had invited her to stay a few days, so she would make her own way back. Now I’d met Diggly, I was reassured that he would look after Oosie and return her safely.
We all said our goodbyes, and Neeva, Dod and I walked back to the car. I asked Neeva if this was normal behaviour for Felty Folk; and she said that when two Felty Folk really liked each other, they would try out spending longer amounts of time together, eventually they would either live together or not. She said, the Felty Folk don’t have marriage like us, but after two of them have lived together happily for a certain amount of time they would have a celebration, a bit like our wedding anniversaries.
So I guess we’ll have to wait and see what happens with Diggly and Oosie, and where they might make their home.