A Trip Down Memory Lane

After lunch, Hubby fancied a field trip out to the woods where we used to take Maggie every day, sometimes twice, when we lived in the cottage.
It’s about 20 miles away and although the weather was a little uncertain, we put our yellows in the car and set off with the camera to hand.

Traffic was pretty light going in our direction so there were no hold ups, and we were pleased to note that the road leading to the woods had been resurfaced…….. not a pot hole in sight for about two miles!!
The car park entrance had also been resurfaced, but the car park itself still had the usual caverns in the usual places, despite being filled and refilled with gravel and chalk dust!
The car park was quite full, but as there are so many different tracks you can follow, this was never offputting because most times you wouldn’t meet up with anyone. Saying that, on another day you could be one of two vehicles parked up and bump into the other owners at least twice.

We were cautious because of Hubby’s knee, but managed to cover quite a distance on familiar routes. Memories of lost bulls, long walks, pensive moments, and Maggie’s natural curiosity came to the fore, and both of us fully expected her to come running out of the undergrowth so excited at what she’d found and wanting us to follow.

Some of the woods have recovered, but we remember the devastation before we left the area where trees had been felled destroying natural habitats for birds and animals. Now areas where we used to walk are overgrown with brambles and the little ‘side alleys’ Maggie loved to explore hardly visible.
Humphrey’ stump is still there, but only half the size it was due to rot and worm. All these were taken on two visits made in January 2018.

I didn’t take any pictures today as quite honestly there wasn’t much to see. We did meet up with two ladies and three labradors, all of which knew which pocket the biscuits were in.
Memories of happy days.
Maggie on the wall ruins April 2014. She so loved to climb.


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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