Catching falling leaves
We don't seem to have proper weekends any more as it is the time when we are most hard pressed to find volunteers, so our weekends have be constrained to the week instead. When we awoke to a foggy morning our plans to continue our Jurassic Coast walk were put on hold, and we headed inland instead to Hooke Wood.
I belatedly discovered this wood in the bluebell season in May and have visited several times since.
It is a very special wood as not only does the site of a forest here date back to the Iron Age 3,000 BC but it is today a living and working laboratory as it is the home of the Architecture Association Woodland site, where experiments are carried out on producing experimental rural timber constructions see here.
There is some public access through the site although I have never come across the buildings on any of my walks. The beech trees date 1950's -1970's they look and feel different as the majority of their lower branches are removed to create long straight trunks. It felt quite magical to walk through these trees in the fog with a minimal breeze and watch individual leaves fall to the ground. It was almost an impossible task to capture on film!
Following our walk we headed to the nearby town of Beaminster for a coffee in our favourite dog friendly cafe -The Trading Post and Cafe. The small town has been badly affected since a stolen tractor was used to ram raid an ATM cash machine back in August destroying part of a building which resulted in restricted road access to the town and a huge reduction in customers. It is therefore even more important to visit the town and give them our support.
Until next time!