Every so often we take a drive to another one of the interesting areas that make up the city as we go to a specialist shop that sells brewing equipment so that Mr P can get his wine kit to make his home made wine. It also gives us an opportunity to visit the small businesses and charity shops in this particular local high street before returning home through the ancient woodlands called Ecclesall Woods. Last Thursday we stopped for a coffee at the Woodland Café in the J. G. Graves Woodland Discovery Centre and I took a brief walk in the woods. (I'm still having trouble with my knee, but gentle exercise is beneficial for the circulation so I'm taking every opportunity I can to keep moving. The soonest physiotherapy clinic appointment I was offered is not until mid November. Mr P, however, has an appointment next month to see a consultant for his hip replacement surgery so things are under way for that, which is more important).
The Woodland Discovery Centre is in the middle of several hundred acres of mature, semi-natural deciduous woodland previously used for timber and the making of charcoal and hosts many activities related to the woods. There are parking spaces along the main roads with a dedicated car park at the Centre and so it's accessible for us to take a break and be in the heart of the woods. It's an education centre so there are occasional demonstrations of woodworking, woodcraft courses, social events and, of course, the opportunity to walk in the 15 km of public footpaths to find landmarks such as an old mill, remains of the charcoal burners' trade, streams and ponds. Indoors there are viewing areas with binoculars provided for bird spotting, logs for sale as well as the refreshment area.
There were quite a few robins and also great tits who were at the bird feeders and the café was a pleasant place to have our coffee and watch them.
There are signs of the transition from Summer to Autumn.
There are many areas around the centre, for example a sunken area of grass, where a visitor can sit and enjoy the peace and quiet of the woodland surroundings.
Thank you for visiting. Have a good week whatever you're doing!