Sunday saw us taking the winding backroads 'over the tops'
to the nature preserve, Ogden Water. It has been an uncharacteristically warm and dry spring here, which
although bad for farmers, makes a pleasant day out for walking. One can hear conversations about global warming coming from even the most unlikely sources. Summer is anticipated to be a scorcher, even by British standards.
Walking through the countryside is a very British institution and one that I really enjoy. There are footpaths just about everywhere, and they go through privately owned land as well. The idea being to connect walkers with every part of the country through farms, fields and villages.
Coming from America with all its privatization and 'trespassers will be shot' mentality, this is refreshing, but I'm still a bit wary. My husband found the opposite to be true during his time in the states. He had a hard time keeping off of private property! But when he thought about the fact that a shotgun might be involved, he slowly but surely curbed his wanderlust. I'm poking fun of course, as I know its not always that way and even the craziest of Americans are likely to give you a warning to get off, and I know there are plenty of places to go walking in nature.
At Ogden, we took the woodland trail which led us around the water, about two miles, with well placed wood carvings along the way. My son enthusiastically 'discovered' these carvings, and they are very clever for keeping flagging kids moving forward, in search of the next one.