For me the wilderness and freedom of the countryside has always been a retreat, a way to escape from my own thoughts. The fresh air always carries something intangible in it, sweet and thirst-quenching, and I love the way it turns my cheeks and nose numb and pink and my hair goes wild and there's no one around to even see. The first few months when I returned home, taking long walks into the woods was the only thing I could do without feeling completely displaced. There is a big area of woodland near me, Coburnhill Woods, and it is absolutely my favourite place in the world.
|The Way to the Woods|