No rain, NO WIND, No fog.

 Yes, to the sun and a run around the woods.

A few weeks ago it was a rather quiet subdued time due to Nellie [the dog] not being her usual perky self, so today Nellie and the weather were more cheery in their appearance.

Seemed like any other start to our walk, until we saw this sign.  The sign looked new.  Big question did it look important?  As expected it was all in French.  Could we be bothered to work it out, no we couldn’t as a forest path was beckoning us to carry on and we were long overdue for a walk!

 Along we went, a few cars and a van went past, as we headed into the bush to check out some trees.  Some men in camouflage gear told us to come out.  “NON, non, non” they repeated.  Okay, we got the message after the first non [meaning NO].  With three non’s it must be important that we obey his instructions.  Thinking that they must be going to do some wood chopping we carried on.  No, they were not, and we were wrong.

How did we come to this conclusion?  When we decided to head back to the jeep, we were startled by the terrible noise of gunfire echoing through the valley and forest.  Once we realised what was going on, we decided to stay put until we got the all clear.  Well organised with horns and all sorts to let others who knew what these meant to go onto the next stage of the hunting.  WE were now looking forward to reaching the jeep.

As we moved along the track after we got the all clear, we greeted and nodded to the group of hunters.  One of them decided to extend the greeting by chatting away in a hurried manner.  We had no idea what he was saying until we both started using hand gestures, and it was one hand gesture that made the penny drop.


The hunter demonstrated by pointing his finger and hand in the gun form to his neck and saying “bang”.  Yes, we got the hint, and walked off with major purpose to our walking!  Not that we were in danger, we were hungry and wanted some lunch/snack, so were Nellie and Louie.

The moral of the story is to read the signs.


Translation: The forest is also hunting  – hunting in progress – thank you for your understanding

As they may be of importance to your health and wellbeing.