On the way to Wilsic near Braithwell
Good weather on March 1st meant a photo expedition for me. I was ticking off some Geograph squares to add to my tally of 16,200 separate squares so far. It meant driving Clint east of Sheffield to three locations - the hamlet of Wilsic, Bawtry Forest north east of Bawtry and the tiny village of Scaftworth - just over the border in Nottinghamshire.
Modern, economical housing at Harworth
The expedition involved about five miles of walking in total which was just enough for me as I am still recovering from a virus that has laid me low the last few days. In case you are thinking otherwise, I doubt that it has been COVID19 as I have tested negative on three occasions using lateral flow tests.
One of the squares I needed to bag was deep inside Bawtry Forest. I knew there was a pond in there and I wanted to see it. I suspect it related to historical earthworks that were erected nearby long before anybody thought of making a pine plantation there.
Cottage at Martin Common
I could see the pond through the trees but then I heard the sudden bang of a shotgun. Someone was shooting wildfowl. It made sense to retreat. Lethal accidents with guns can easily happen in such circumstances and I didn't wish to be added to the numbers. I am sure it is a place that walkers very rarely visit.
I made it home unscathed and this evening felt well enough to visit the local pub to meet up with old chums and put the world to rights once again. Actually, we have three local pubs now! Two micropubs have just opened where once a bank and a green grocer's shop were located. They are called "The Dark Horse" and "The Itchy Pig". In cities, nothing stays the same.
Theaker Lane near Scaftworth