From Dense, Dark Wood to Light, Open Wood.

Sunrise: 06.36 Sunset: 07.34

I took a walk over to North Pond on Wednesday, to see how the improvement work was progressing. I’m glad to say that I am not disappointing. Colin has done a sensitive job, and the brash fires are in the right places too. It’s easy to go too far by removing too much, or not far enough; it takes a person who knows what they are doing to get things right.

When I walked in to what I had known for some time as a dark wood, my brain could not cope – it took a while, and a few walks up and down, before I was able to get my bearings. Even though I could see the north Pond chain, my brain was running two images: the old and this new one.  It is a weird feeling!

A tripod marked an animal hole; I had difficulty deciding exactly where it was before the trees were felled. We removed a few trees here over the last couple of months, which accounts for the grass growth. The floor of the wood has always been bare and lifeless.

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Looking south towards the copse that we were based in on that hot day when Bill turned up in short trousers and sort sleeved shirt: he was bitten to within an inch of his life by mosquitoes. I doubt Bill will be so lax in his marsh dress again. I think he should stick to his deer stalker hat, tweed jacket and plus fours. 🙂

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