Yesterday was one of those perfect Autumn days. It wasn’t raining and it wasn’t cold so we decided to go on an Autumn forest walk. We didn’t plan a route, we just walked out into the forest and took whichever pathways looked the most interesting.
Although I loved living by the sea, I definitely feel more relaxed when I’m in the forest. I love that the scenery changes every couple of steps, and sometimes even when you haven’t moved at all. It was quite windy yesterday so the clouds were flying past overhead meaning that one second it was grey and dull and the next second, the trees were dashed with ever changing dappled sunlight. It was so beautiful.
The area of forest that we explored is called Stephen’s Castle (if you’ve been watching my weekly vlogs, you’ll have seen me mention this before!). I spent A LOT of time in those woods growing up. We’d just walk for miles and miles or we’d try and build a treehouse or we’d blow-up an inflatable boat and float out into the middle of the lake. It was the best playground a kid could ask for.
Even so, there are still hundreds of little pathways that I’ve never been down and have no idea where they go to! Nick & I are SO excited to explore it all a bit more. We’re going to buy some bikes over the next few months as there were loads of hills that looked like a lot of fun to ride down.
This time we took Huxley on his little bike as he much prefers sitting in that to his pushchair. Our walk ended up taking 3 hours and we got quite lost! I worked it out on a map afterwards and we’d only actually walked 4.5 miles but it felt like much more having to push the bike up hills and carry it through enormous puddles! Needless to say that we hungrily devoured some bacon sandwiches and mugs of strong tea on our arrival home!
Also, how do you guys like my new blog logo & template? It was all a bit of a last-minute panic decision on Tuesday and it was the kind of thing that I thought would take 10 minutes and ended up taking more like 4 panicked hours to sort out! I’m pretty happy with it though. It’s easy to be scared of change, especially when you’ve stuck with the same thing for years and years but I’m glad I made the leap and I hope you guys like it too!