I am lucky enough to live opposite an area recognised as a site of metropolitan importance. Bushwood, or Wanstead Flats, is the most southerly point of Epping forest and includes an incredible area of acid grassland notified as a Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI). All of this and just a twenty minute tube ride into the heart of London.
Some time before we moved here an ancient law was still used by locals which allowed them to graze their cattle on the flats. We’ve heard (pardon the pun) many stories from residents of cows wandering nonchalantly down the roads and into peoples front gardens. Sadly this was put to an end in 1996 when the BSE crises forced their removal, I would have loved to have seen them.
That’s just a little back story, but I think I may have to return to this at a later date as it really is an incredible area with a rich & interesting history.
So for now. I started to get into the habit of taking a picture of my dog Lily on our morning walk, at the same point on a path at the entrance to the woods. This quickly became a bit of a ritual and each month I would take a similar image at the same point.
This year I thought I would do it again but starting in January (I had originally started at a random point in the year as it wasn’t really planned) and update the blog each month so we can follow the change of seasons. It could prove quite interesting over time, we’ll see.
So I apologise for the late start but here are the first week of January & Febuary and soon March! will try and keep on top of it from now on.