Trent Park in the autumn

This weather has been a bit good recently, hasn’t it? Apart from all the rain. But when it’s good, it’s really good. We popped up to Trent Park last week as Betsy wanted to see some woods and “scrunch some leaves”. We go to Trent Park a lot as there’s always something new to see or explore, this visit was no exception. We had a walk through some of the wooded area, picking up leaves and sticks and jumping over streams. The park is always full of dog users, but by sheer luck, we found a corner of the woods that was empty of all people apart from us and we wondered if we were lost and would ever find the car again (we did) and if the Gruffalo was close by (he wasn’t, but the little brown mouse was).

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Obviously the thing we did the most was jump in muddy puddles because that’s the most exciting thing to do when you’re a Peppa fan. I found myself shocked at the amount of dog poo bags left around. Not just the bags, bags containing dog poo, tied up and left hanging on tree branches and brambles. WHY? Really, why? I can’t understand it. It’s a weird thing to do. It’s not like there are no bins around (oh, wait, there are literally LOADS of bins in the car park and along the main paths). Yuk. Despite my grumbles, we had a fun walk though.

…and then we stumbled across this:

Wut.

Wut.

If you travel along the A111 a lot, you’ll see it easily as it’s right next to the road, but as we always travel to the park via Oakwood, the only time I see this water tower is sticking out like a space ship from a 1950s sci-fi movie above some trees. As far as water towers go, this one’s pretty cool, right? A very nice bit of modernist architecture (or is it brutalism?), and according to this Swedish water tower website, there were plans to have a restaurant on the top. How amazing would that have been?

Trent Park in the autumn

Trent Park in the autumn

Autumn at Trent Park

Betsy wanted to climb up the tower and seemed rather disappointed at the fence keeping us away from it, but at least she let me take far too many photos before she got too bored with staring at something she couldn’t play with. I think the promise of a bacon sandwich at the park cafe might have had something to do with it!

Trent Park in the autumn

Charlotte

Mama, music lover, London dweller, baker, maker, wanderer.

2 Comments

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    Carie

    12 November, 2014

    Well you definitely found some wonderful squelchy mud there – what a gorgeous spot to escape to!

  2. Reply

    Flighty

    12 November, 2014

    Scrunching leaves sounds like great fun! Lovely photos. That water tower reminds of a film, possibly Men in Black 2? xx

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