I am doing a module on Ecological Patterns and Processes, about half the module is assessed by coursework which would require a trip to Thursley Common, a National Nature Reserve, to check out the species involved.
I dreaded it a little more than I should because of the need to wear waterproof pants and wellies, implying the need to get wet and muddy like we did back in Barcelona. But I oddly enjoyed getting myself into the mud picking up caluna vulgaris(es) and erica tetralix(es) from their roots.
Now imagine stepping into that.
It was also nice to look up to a picturesque landscape that looked like the default background of a windows computer.
It’s amazing how a simple day with blue skies, lush greenery (among which I peed due to the lack of toilets he he) and species identification can bring you smiling all the way home. Even though we were stuck in terrible London traffic on the way back.
Thursley Common was beautiful.