I love living where I live. Love the bustle of the town on market day (will take some pics of the market one day soon to show you), the fact that the town itself is very old and historical, that we have a castle and a canal and a park. And I really love that we also have Woods. The Woods are owned by the Woodland Trust which is a conservation charity. It's beautifully maintained and a Walk in the Woods is often a welcome solution to idle weekend mornings when we fancy a bit of local pottering and a spot of nature.
This is what the Woodland Trust has to say about our Woods ::
"A magical land in the heart of town - that’s one way to describe these Woods, a woodland haven by one of Britain’s best preserved, most popular medieval castles. The wood’s links with the castle date back at least 1,000 years. A canal towpath, following the line of the Castle ramparts and Springs Canal, provides a direct link between the town’s High Street and the woods, following the course of the Beck through a stunning steep-sided valley.
Most of this ancient woodland is dominated by ash but the occasional sycamore, beech, Scots pine, Norway spruce and hornbeam indicate a greater variety in the past. The woods are renowned for their vivid displays of bluebells and wild garlic and sustain five species of bat. Green and greater spotted woodpeckers add their colour, while kingfisher and heron may be seen fishing the waterways."
Doesn't it sound delightful? And it is, oh it is! And yes, we have indeed seen kingfisher and heron and have heard the tap-tap-tap of woodpecker too. Haven't spotted any evidence of the five species of bat yet though.
On Saturday morning we Walked in the Woods.
From our house, it's only about a 5 minute walk to the canal, so very little walking is done on the road.
We walk along the side of the canal for a way, then the pathway branches off and follows the beck around the bottom of the castle grounds.
It winds on through the tall trees, lush and beautiful and green.
I enjoy the play of light and shadow and the fresh woody scent.
On past the pond, further and further until eventually we emerge onto a narrow track.
Bright sunlight after the dappled shade takes us by surprise.
Turn left and follow the track before climbing over a stile into a lush green field with cows grazing.
A slight climb to reach the top of the top of the hill where there is a dry stone wall and a view...............
.....Ahhhhhhh the view!!! It's wide and expansive, hard to capture on camera the fact that we can see so much from up here. We can see in almost every direction and this view gives us a real perspective of exactly where we live, where we are placed in the midst of this beautiful countryside.
Because if we look straight ahead, we see our town.
And if we cast our eyes to the right of the town centre, we can see our neighbourhood.
And if we look more closely we can see our street.
And if we look more closely still, we can see our house!
Yes yes yes, thats it look!!! There! Yes, right there!! I know because I can see my Attic window, know that it's painted a different colour to all the other Attic windows on our street. So I know for sure that's Where i Live.
Trying to point something like this out to Little People is extremely difficult. Fingers point, eyes strain, understanding and comprehension is sought. They say they can see it, but I'm not convinced. No matter, because I photograph it and when we get home I make a print. And I put an arrow to show them our house.
The picture below is a zoomed-in view of the picture above....
...and there I am look, see my window?? See the window of Attic24???
Thats Where i Live.
And I love Where i Live.