There was so much to smell, chase & wade through. This was something we had never seen before.
We had a long drive, the ogre had said it would only be 15 minutes but due to a traffic jam (road works) it took us a whole half hour, as you can tell, we were getting extremely agitated. She drove us down this tiny lane, on & on it went. Eventually it turned into a car park & we stopped. There was one other car there, 2 dogs with their Ogre. As there was no other traffic we didn't need to wear our leads to get out, the Ogre just opened the doors.
|Our chariot in an almost empty car park (safe & secure)|
|The view of the road to the car park & over the farmland|
The Ogre didn't know what these woods were going to be like, she didn't know if there were paths or what, so we set off to explore. Off up a pathway, we came across great big welts in the land (the Ogre said they were tractor tracks).
|rain from previous days filled the tracks|
|trees totally destroyed, ripped apart|
What could have caused this? we needed to investigate. Trees had been cut by great big machines, then split open, cut into smaller chunks. Dust everywhere. We were very shocked but the Ogre didn't seem worried. She told us that other Ogres had cut the trees down deliberately, that they use the wood for heating & the woodland was managed properly. It was known as copicing, cutting down the trees to allow for more growth.
|this was the result of of all that work|
Well it seems the Ogre was right, this is how the older part of the work looked, a nice clear area where the birds could hunt.
|off track there were fallen trees blocking paths|
It was not easy for the Ogre to get over all the fallen trees so we had to help her. The KiT helped by finding a large stick to help the Ogre keep her balance (this was greatly appreciated) & of course we kept stopping to check she was ok.
|clear routes were easier|
It didn't take long to walk around & we did come across a few other dogs. The big problem was because we didn't know the area we missed a big bit, so we walked it twice. This took us over a hour which is just about right for us. The worst part was the traffic on the way home. We fell asleep leaving the Ogre to be bored. She stopped on the way back, we saw some very big animals & she put a bag of wonderful horse poop in the back with us. Unfortunately for us she wouldn't let us eat any, she said it's for the garden. KiT managed to get some when she wasn't looking.
All in all it was a lovely walk. We will go again.
Just as we left, driving down the lane, guess what we saw!!!
|Bunnies (can you see their little white tails)|