Last year was really tough for lots of reasons, most of them Covid-19 related but not all. One happenstance that made it a lot more bearable for us personally was the discovery, back in April, of a meadow, wood and common land over the back of the local golf course, with public access and just half a mile from where we live. Although it's actually industrialised edgelands, it's afforded us the illusion of countryside within easy and legitimate reach of home, as well as long-reaching views to the Severn and the Welsh hills beyond, which has lessened the feeling of being trapped in one spot. I'll always be grateful for it, and know it'll be a presence in the rest of my life, not to mention my writing from now on.
I'm especially glad our dog Ted, who always loved road trips and exploring new places, had somewhere more interesting than the local park to walk during his final months.
Here are a few photos of our last few visits of 2019, without Ted, of course, but in the company of our puppy, Cwtch, for whom these were her first few visits and to whom everything is New and Exciting.