Back to Addington Hills.

Back to Addington Hills.

Instead of heading for the Gorse, [would it even still be there?] leaving behind sad ruins of Cow Parsley by the parked car, we turned left on another path and made for the woods.

Okay, no intention of walking two miles to find them, but we were curious to enjoy the after-rain colours of woodlands close by.

We were not disappointed. The dampness all around gave added depth of colour to the timbers and fallen leaves, and I was curious about the many tree roots lying so close to the surface.

As at the last visit to woodlands, there were many old and fallen trunks; and also some left standing but ravaged by animals? birds? weather?

We wondered about the Bird Boxes high up in some trees, as no bird song was to be heard during our walk. Only the odd squirrel peeped from behind a trunk before dashing off into the undergrowth.

I was fascinated by the range of colours and patterns in fallen chunks of wood which, with the aid of fungi, lichen, rain and sunlight, were rotting, seemingly undisturbed, on the woodland floor.

Hilly parts of the woods and dips reminded me strongly of a dell we used to play in when I was a child, living in a very new, Stevenage New Town.

At one place, we exited the tree cover and found Tram lines going through a crossing.

On the edge of the woods grass and wild flowers covered the ground where I found an old golf ball, half buried in the leaves and moss.

Turning back into the woods, I was astonished at the many nuts growing in the sunshine on the Beech tree. There were very few nuts on the other side of the tree. It was an elegant young one reaching up to the skies above.

Dom instinctively knew which way to go to find our way back to the carpark. He has a good sense of direction, and we said au revoir to the woods, the ruins of trees, the flowering Brambles and last of the Cow Parsley until the next visit.

Anne … June 28th, 2021.

4 Responses

  1. cilla says:

    Woods are just wonderful any time of year but strange there was no birdsong in a deciduous wood :confused:

  2. gertie says:

    The trees were very tall and it was strangely quiet Cilla :dunno: :rose:

  3. VegVamp says:

    What a lovely place Anne, woods are special. I agree with you and Cilla though, very strange about the lack of bird song.

  4. gertie says:

    Woods are special Karen :good: I agree with you. We both remarked on the lack of birds around, especially when we saw the bird boxes :confused: :lol: It is clearly a much trammelled area, but , as I said, strangely quiet that afternoon. All we saw were a few guys walking their dogs.
    I was very taken with the rich colours around on the ground and the way beams of sunlight shone through the branches and heightened them. :rose:

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