|These boots are made for walking.|
Thursday was a lovely spring day - sandwiched between two mean and miserable days of drizzle and early April greyness. My friend Jon - currently teaching in Taiwan - was due at 3pm with his little daughter - Alexa. Consequently, I couldn't go very far for my constitutional walk.
I parked up at Totley and set off to Gillfield Wood which has been a working woodland for many centuries. It is right on the border between Yorkshire and Derbyshire so of course I made sure I had my Yorkshire passport on me.
|Totley Brook in Gillfield Wood|
Through the woods and up to Woodthorpe Hall then along Fanshawe Gate Lane to Storth House. Down the hill from Storth House by the nascent Totley Brook - bubbling down a meadow then back into the woods. I had to make my own stepping stones to cross the swollen brook before taking a woodland path that emerges from the woods within sight of Totley Hall - built in 1623.It was another day when it felt very good to be alive. When Jon arrived we had tea and pastries on the decking before we all went up to "The Wheatsheaf" for the early evening carvery. By this time Princess Alexa was soundly asleep.
|Fanshawe Gate House|
|The infant Totley Brook moving down the hill|
|Totley Hall (1623)|