What a wonderful way to spend time

walking amongst trees,

listening to chirping birds,

the quiet hum of other walkers,

the fresh smell of the forest after recent rain,

 and best of all to

just being out in the great outdoors.

 With the knowledge that it is impossible to get lost in the 1,000 hectares of the Hesdin forest, off we went to start another Sunday walk. It takes an hour to cross it along its length which is not what we did that day, though we did manage to do an hour’s walk before the skies decided to open up again and soak us.

Winning!

In summer it would be such an oasis underneath the canopy of trees and in spring enjoying the smell and colour of all the flowers blooming.  Some of the flowers are Primrose Wood (or woodcock) and the anemone of the woods that bloom from March to May, and the hyacinth of the forest are to be found in April and May.

We had not as yet experienced seeing trees with that much coverage of such bright green moss.  Love that we can still see something new in our dog walking expeditions in France.

giant-with-green-socks-on

I came across this website giving us some ideas of where we can take Louie and Nellie for walks.  Easily readable and worth having a look. Dominated by beech (60%) and abundance of oak, sycamore and maple trees, it is also a forest used to teach people doing a silvicultural apprenticeship.

 

Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.

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