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In 2012, the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed March 21st as International Day of Forests. The Day celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests.

The mushroom photos were taken at Puzzlewood, a unique and uniquely enchanting place located in the beautiful and historic Forest of Dean. The ancient woodland features a mile of meandering pathways and rock formations, with an atmosphere unlike anywhere else. Indeed, it’s believed that JRR Tolkien took his inspiration for Middle Earth from Puzzlewood.

We came across the fallen tree roots, which look to me like fire carved in wood, in Lynches Wood while walking the beginning of the Cotswold Way. This delightful circular walk leads you from the charmingly English market town of Chipping Campden, through shaded woodlands and past breathtaking views. A wonderful introduction to the Cotswolds, and a perfect start to the Cotswold Way.

Outstanding 400-year-old Cotswold Market Hall

From the National Trust website:

In the centre of Chipping Campden, a lovely small town in the Cotswolds stands the beautiful Market Hall. Surrounded by ancient houses made from the local honey-coloured stone, it’s easy to imagine the market-place alive with the bustle of traders from centuries past.

Built in 1627 by the town’s wealthy benefactor, Sir Baptist Hicks, this landmark of the town was built to provide shelter for traders. Back then townsfolk would trade goods like cheese, butter and poultry. Walk along the ancient stone paved floor today and you’ll get a sense of how important this building is to the town. The stone lovingly worn away by hundreds of years of bustling trading. You can almost hear the shouts and echoes from market traders long since gone.

In the 1940s it was almost sold to an American, but local people heroically raised the money to buy it first. They gave it to the National Trust so that people young and old can continue to cherish this delightful building.

 

Sweet chestnuts were lining the Llangattock Canal in abundance in the autumn.

This is one street away from our hotel on Herengracht and part of the Amsterdam Light Festival.

We saw this man at every coffee shop we visited in Belper, Derbyshire, one Saturday afternoon. This was one of those pictures I had to capture from where we sat.

Mushrooms growing on a rock at Puzzlewood, Forest of Dean, United Kingdom. These looked like tiny umbrellas creeping up a rock. Really beautiful!

We stayed at Ty Donkey in Llanbedr, where the night star is magical. These are the star trails I managed to capture on a cold autumn night in the Brecon Beacons before the temperature took what was left of my battery.

The moss and rocks at the peak of Scafell Pike in the Lake District, the highest peak in England.

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