We visited some friends yesterday who live in the village of Great Hallingbury on the edge of Hatfield Forest both of which are in Essex – but only just and both are very close to the border with Hertfordshire and quite close to the M11 and Stansted Airport. In spite of their proximity to the motorway and the airport it was very quiet.

Hatfield Forest is one of those places we’ve been frequently threatening to explore but haven’t yet.

I took this picture about a hundred yards from our friends’ house because the old tree stump was so well lit.

Perhaps we’ll do that exploring later this year.