A Walk in the Woods
I love walking at this time of year, especially when there's a frost on the ground so you can wade your way through carpets of crunchy leaves. Last week we took Pirlo for a walk around a local country house, The Haining which has a lovely woodland trail around it's lake.
Despite living in Selkirk for many many years, it's actually only recently that I found out that there was a large house up through the mysterious gate, and that there was a lake you could walk round. Luckily, my ignorance isn't shared by many as it is a popular place for runners and dog walkers in the town, I've never been there and not seen a single soul before. This time there was a large chain across the car pack so I hope it isn't a sign that the grounds will be closed to the town as it is one of the nicer walks that is available in the town. Selkirk has few very nice things, so it would be shame to lose access to The Haining, however I know the house itself is used as a venue for many different events and activities so maybe we just went on an odd day.
As far as the grounds themselves, there is plenty to look for. The whole place is littered with heritage trees, each with their own sign declaring their significance. I loved the above tree in particular as it reminded me of an Ent from The Lord of the Rings - it's even called 'The Walking Tree'!
There are also several Giant Redwoods scattered about, which James was thrilled to see. However even if you're not a tree spotter, it's a lovely trail to follow, and the whole place has a wonderful calming atmosphere. I can't believe I didn't discover it sooner!
Do you have a special place that you like to walk? Let me know in the comments below!
See you tomorrow,