Join us on our woodland walk today

It’s a lot more than an 8 mile journey now, but as it was such a nice day, we decided to go for a drive to our favourite woods and have a trip down memory lane.
When we left in 2014, the Forestry Commission were felling trees and it was soul destroying to see so much devastation. We returned to Lincolnshire in 2017 and went back to see how things had progressed.

Maggie remembered where she was and was content to trot off and explore her old haunts, though she was never actually far away. Humphrey’s Stump was still there, though it had been battered by the elements and rotting badly.
Photo January 2018.

We parked in the main car park today which is still cratered and you have to watch your suspension, but there were plenty of spaces. One thing we noticed on arrival is that they have taken the notice board down at the gates.
What we’ve always liked about the plantation is not just the trees, but despite the car park being full, you can walk for miles and see no-one, such is the vast choice of tracks and pathways you can follow. We came to know them all, and a few of our own, over the years.
We’ve been back several times this past year, but today the autumn colours were in their full glory, and Maggie would have loved it. We even found a new pathway she would have chosen to explore.
Photo 20th Nov 2021

The forest is recovering well. They have planted conifers where once there were tall pines, and although a mish-mash of brambles, gorse, heather and ferns, the peace and tranquility is still in abundance. Memories linger of flipped rabbits, nipping squirrels and a lost ‘cow’ (aka bull). I had a fleeting glance of a woodpecker, we heard a squirrel scurry up a tree and the birds are back, singing their enchanting melodies from the treetops, invisible to us until they fly away.

We were walking for about an hour and a half today, and it wasn’t until we were heading back to the car that we started to meet up with people, all of which had dogs of some description.
Enjoy these photos of a place we love which is filled with happy memories and no doubt in future years will hold many more.

This is the above tree in December 2013!

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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21 Responses to Join us on our woodland walk today

  1. willowdot21 says:

    Just what I needed that you 💜💜

  2. Ain Starlingsson, forestbathing hermit says:

    Well that was a wonderful walk you took us on —really lovely. Hopefully another four-legged walking companion can join you….I enjoyed jour description, especially in what has changed. Wonderful photographs, they really are.

  3. It is the first day of gun hunting deer season here. No walks in any woods for at least the first weekend. The park behind us reaches up into town so it will be safe for the next 8 days after the weekend. There are also tons of natural areas in Middleton and Madison so we like you will have to drive to take a long walk. Your fall color is wonderful. I’m sure you will eventually sharing them with another faithful friend. Take care,

  4. murisopsis says:

    The park looks to be a serene spot for woman, man and dog alike! Your fall color is lovely – we didn’t have much color this year… Hope you soon have the fun of introducing a new dog to the wonders of the great outdoors!

  5. Sadje says:

    Lovely pictures

  6. Great photos and sweet memories

  7. Carol anne says:

    awe so good you went for a long walk in the woods, thats awesome! ❤

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