It is the summer holidays now and all of the woods, nature parks and everything else in the area is running school activities.
I love spotting the remains of these as I walk around the woods, natural ones (such as dens) stay up for a long time and they really make me smile.
My favourite woods in the area are Thorndon Woods, managed by Essex Wildlife Trust. It is in two parts – north and south and they really feel quite different. The north side is more wooded and the visitor centre is there, so it is very popular. In fact both parts are, on their Facebook feed at the weekends they quite often post not to come up as the car parks are full.
I have started to get cunning and tend to go first thing or early evening to avoid all the people. I like being alone in the woods with Buster.
As I said the activities have started up and this week I came across these two things pinned to trees.
These too make me smile. I love the idea that the kids are encouraged to go exploring through the woods and I know that the rangers tidy everything up at the end of the day.
Thorndon holds a series of special surprises as you walk around and I love them, I am currently trying to photograph them all and I will share them with you when I do.