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!