For the past few days I’ve been un-well, off and on, which I really hate. So when my wife Heike wanted to see her father in Germany on the Saturday before he goes in for an operation at the age of 85 I said OK but of course when Saturday came I decided it was not a good idea for me to drag myself all the way over there with a heavy cold and he goes in for major surgery on the Sunday. So, I stayed at home! To make things worse I had previously set the day aside to go walking with others. I had already changed my plans to see Heike’s father (which is perfectly fine) but to be ill! It was an organised walk of 15km, rendez-vous at Lompret for 9 o’clock in the morning. Of course I couldn’t do any of that either! I was ill and Heike had gone with the car to see her father! House empty and Stephen alone and going stir crazy by lunchtime…
…Well by lunch time I have recovered somewhat and decided to go for a walk in the pleasant Spring sunshine (it was about 22°c). I just couldn’t bear to stay inside anymore. So I set off down the road with my camera ready to take photos of my afternoon walk, prepare to be ‘photoed’. So this is a little snapshot from that afternoon…. hope you enjoy it??
I set out from our village, Boussu-Lez-Walcourt and descended towards La Ruchette and then on onto the wood behind. One of the highlights of walking down to the wood was being chased by a herd of cows… They were really after me, honest!
Well, I got to the wood and was greeted by the sound of chainsaws as some of the locals were clearing and stacking wood. I met one of the guys from our village and asked if I could take a few photographs while they worked….
I moved on after a while and upon reaching the BBQ along the path, I decided to head into the wood and try to put the noise of the chainsaws behind me. The path turned and twisted through the trees and I wondered just where it was going to come out. It seemed to go in all the wrong directions but I realised later that the path shakes through the wood to the other side giving a very pleasant walk.
I found dear tracks along the way and stopped for a while just to listen to the sounds of the wood. I discovered an old tree.. dead now. How sad I thought and I wondered what might have killed it but then life and death is part of the cycle of things….