Taking the wood and life for granted, don’t do it.

Archers walking in the woods

Archers walking in the woods

This last weekend Sharon and I had the pleasure of taking some visitors around the Severn Valley wood. None of them had shot there before so it would be a new experience for them (cue manic laughter, maybe I should have warned them about the mud).
I think it is fair to say a good time was had by all. There were no score cards and instead you had five instinctive archers wondering round the wood. Chatting about  bows, life and stuff, while  enjoying the day and hitting a few targets along the way.
In many ways I think Sharon and I had become complacent and used to shooting in the woods and forgotten how fortunate we are to have such facilities and be in reasonable health to get round.
It was so relaxing to shoot round with JT, Jim and Paddy and see the wood from their fresh eyes. Thanks to Paddy for the photos, think you did really well in capturing the atmosphere of the day. It was great to see all the regulars chatting to guests about the merits of this bow over another. Then again when you have the archery media icon that is Jim Grizzly Kent there’s bound to be a few conversations about archery books and bows.
Bows, bows and more bows

Bows, bows and more bows

On a slightly more serious note though, its good to remember that we can get caught up in life and can easily transfer this to our hobby. The result is we start stressing about what we should be able to hit or whether the bows performing correctly and all this can develop into you not enjoying the hobby or in worse cases to target panic. I know I’m guilty of this as I’ve been concentrating on re-learning the AFB and been stressing about it.

Rob shooting on the bridge

Rob shooting on the bridge

This weekend showed that throwing away the scores and shooting instinctively is so relaxing. makes you wish you could do it every day.
Thanks for the company guys, but I have one question though, who bought lunch afterwards?
As always thanks for reading.

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2 comments on “Taking the wood and life for granted, don’t do it.

  1. Nice, looks like a great day. I miss the good company and no scores shooting I did over last summer, to me that’s what it’s all about.
    Also, I really should get round to trying field and instinctive at some point.

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