Not every week allows the opportunity for a good walk on a sunny day but this week came up trumps, allowing a cool stroll through one of my favourite local woods on a hot day. Like many woods it has a varied history and this one features the remnants of ornamental driveways, still defined with rows of rhododendron. The colours were vibrant and the bees enthusiastically doing their thing, so I thought I’d use the opportunity to try to capture them in action.
Tucked away in north west London, a little way before Metro-land begins to give way to the Hertfordshire countryside lies an unexpected taste of the seaside. On a hot summer’s day Ruislip Lido provides a scene that wouldn’t at a glance look out of place on the Med with a beach that’s teeming with families and sunbathers. We popped by for the Ruislip Woods Festival and to see the lido’s attractions and weren’t disappointed.
We’ve finally started seeing some hot, summery weather and with family visiting have been looking for somewhere to go for fun that’s out of the heat. Woodland is excellent for keeping cool on warm days so I opted to take the family to Penn Wood, one of the largest woods near to us and somewhere I’ve enjoyed returning to over the past few years. The woods were an instant hit with Tilly, who set about running around the trees, throwing leaves around and generally having a ball.
We’ve been great fans of the Gruffalo trails at our local Forestry Commission site in Wendover Woods, marking the book’s 15th anniversary last year. The trails have recently been updated for the new season with a new theme based around the Superworm book. We took the opportunity over the Easter holidays to check it out.