It is wet in the forest. Where there were paths there are now streams and where there were streams we now see rivers. We stopped to admire a pile of gently rotting logs deep in the forest, no doubt the home of insects and small animals. The air was so crisp and fresh the dampness bringing new smells.
We are hankering after a walk in favourite ancient woods, particularly The Mens a wonderful evocative place of mystery and Ebernoe Common with its beautiful furnace pond made in 1594. Once we stumbled off the path at Ebernoe and found huge piles of bricks, the site of an old brickworks which supplied the builders of the nearby Petworth House, rebuilt in the late 1600’s. It is somehow reassuring to see how nature reclaims man-made scars.
When the days get a bit longer and the weather dryer we will head over to Ebernoe or The Mens with a picnic in the camper van. For now its a happy ride home in wooly socks and damp boots and a treat – tea, wholemeal toast and blueberry jam.