Work started again this year for me yesterday, so I had plenty of time to enjoy the sun and blue sky I woke up to on Monday. I went for a walk in the early afternoon, revisiting a place I'd not been to in a while.
Between my town and the next, there is a small area of woodland; too
large to be called a copse but too small for a forest. One part of it is
quite popular with people to walk their dogs or to go for a run, but the
other part is not as well frequented. The two parts are divided by the
motorway. I walked in both parts, and here are the pictures I took.
The view from my kitchen window around lunch time, shortly before I set off:
the woods. There was nobody about but me - and many birds. I could hear
them and see them, and, rare for this time of the year, there was even a
buzzard circling above and crying his heartstring-tugging cry.
ruined building is part of a structure scattered throughout this part of the woodland. It was originally erected around the end or just after
WWI, as shooting practice grounds for the military. German military
used these structures, which were enlarged and modernized in the 1930s
before the start of WWII, until the end of that war, when the US
military took over and used part of the area for storage
buildings and other purposes.
abandoned places have an almost irresistible attraction for me. In this
case. what got my attention more than anything was the hole in the wall
I could just about see through the bare trees. Zoomed in with the
camera, the hole looked like this:
After leaving this part, crossing the motorway on a bridge and walking through the second part of the woods, the path leads out towards the fields through an orchard. There was more sun there, and people.
I walked for about two hours altogether, including photo stops. A chat over a cup of coffee and the very last Christmas cookies at my Mum's were my last stop before going home.