Let sleeping snakes lie, my child.

willow snake head

Down on the Somerset Levels, you never know what you may encounter.

willow snake tunnel

A child-eating, willow snake for a start.

willow snake side

The children disappeared into the mouth and did not reappear for a photo.


Which meant that I could sit in peace and watch the amusing antics of a flock of reed buntings swaying on the reeds.

(Don’t worry. The children did turn up again, having run through the snake’s willow body. They returned with tales of reed and sedge warblers.)

Note to self: Must book my willow weaving course. A child-eating, willow snake might be just the thing in our garden. hee! hee!


12 thoughts on “Let sleeping snakes lie, my child.

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    Ok … this is one of the most brilliant things that I have seen forever!!! Makes we wish our garden was marginally bigger!!! Just love it!!!

    • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      I have the willow and I have the suitable spot in the garden. It might be more of a slow worm than a grass snake, due to space, but I’m sure all the children would have so much fun! 😀 😀

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I think i could do with one of those too! Willow weaving is a lot of fun. Juliex

    • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 10:48 pm

      I love willow structures like this. We’ve seen and played in quite a few now and I am always heartened that all the children play and laugh, but they play in a way that respects that it is a living thing.

  • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Fabulous! A park? You go ahead and figure this one out for us. I anxiously await the tutorial! 🙂

    Blessings, Debbie

    • Tuesday 18 June, 2013 at 10:53 pm

      This fabulous grass snake is part of a nature reserve on the Levels. The reserve has board walks, information points and nature trails, making it very accessible and fun for everyone. Brilliant setting.

      That would be one amazing tutorial wouldn’t it?

  • Wednesday 19 June, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I love this snake!
    We have lots of willow structures around here, but I have never seen one quite as impressive as that.
    Looking forward to hearing about your willow weaving course 🙂

    • Thursday 20 June, 2013 at 12:10 pm

      I think this is the best that I’ve seen. It was fabulous to come round the corner of the trail to find it.

  • Thursday 20 June, 2013 at 10:02 am

    Would have loved a close up of the reed buntings, can’t say I’ve ever seen one.

    • Thursday 20 June, 2013 at 12:09 pm

      I took quite a few photos of the reed buntings, but alas, they were no where near good enough to publish. Just clear enough for identification. I need another lense. A joy to watch.

    • Wednesday 26 June, 2013 at 11:15 pm

      It is a fun willow structure. There was an educational purpose to it as well. A board beside it gave info on grass snakes. Fun way to learn.

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