Too nice to stay in

Wednesday 21st March

It was another beautiful day. One thing about being retired, your time is your own and you can do whatever you want as the mood takes, health issues permitting.
It’s so hard to believe that just a few days ago we were freezing our butts off and up to our ankles in snow. We hope the Beast has finally bogged off, though there are now rumours of a white Easter.

As we were up to date with the housework, shopping and everything else, with the sun shining for us, we decided to go to the plantation. It’s about a forty minute drive, so it was a good test to see how long Hubby can cope as he has a hospital appointment on Monday which is an hour away.

Traffic was pretty light, and we decided to go to the main car park from which we could walk the route that included the bat colonies. There were few other cars there and to be honest we only saw about four people. Our walk today was just over a mile.
Because it was such a warm sunny day, we kept Maggie away from the edges of the tracks in case adders were basking in the undergrowth. We didn’t see any, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t there.
Some of the dirt tracks we used to follow are now wide enough for traffic, and some of our ‘secret’ pathways are so overgrown with brambles, we didn’t want to explore.
More trees here have been marked for felling, but we did notice in the previously cleared area, small pines were beginning to grow. The new fence round it is intended to keep the deer out.

The following pictures are either side of what was a single dirt track. It’s a good comparison as to what used to be and what now is.

In a year or so, these tall majestic pines will be MDF, insulation and packing.

Maggie was having a good sniff, but I’m pleased to say we didn’t throw this for her to fetch!


About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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