An altogether better place

You Were Gone by Tim Weaver is perhaps one of the most intriguing books I have read this year. It was lent to me by a distant neighbour in Altofts, near Wakefield.

Having now finished this book and duly returned it, whereupon the kindly gentleman lent me a few more, it made sense to find a suitable spot for a woodland walk in his vicinity. Last time, we had tried to find Seckar Woods and ended up elsewhere, so this time we opted for Newmillerdam.

The woods at Newmillerdam were big, so good for a decent walk, but my daughter felt that parts of them were a little creepy.

She didn’t like the fact that the trees were so close together. As for myself, it was the lack of vegetation under the canopy which I didn’t like. Fortunately, not all of the woodland was like this – round the edges there was more colour and variety.

Anyway, the quest for a decent wood not to far from us continues. And in the meantime, I will saviour the improvement from moving the Green Johanna, which we did before our trip out. I hadn’t seen how much better it was till we got back, when I realised it wasn’t just the hazel tree which would be happier.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to An altogether better place

  1. The New Forest is neither new nor really a forest, but it does have some wonderful woodlands.

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