Just before the weather broke last week in a spectacular lightshow of lightning, thunder, and torrential rain - during which our inflatable paddling pool flew over the roof of our house into the road opposite - we took the kids for a walk in some very ancient woodlands about twenty minutes' drive from where we live in rural Warwickshire.
This particular area of woodland is called Old Nun Wood and is on the edge of a much larger and newer piece of woodland, but is itself extremely ancient and atmospheric, especially in those dark tense moments before a storm.
In we go ...
It seemed such a bright day when we set out, hot and sunny, the perfect day for walking in the shade of ancient woodlands.
Quite suddenly, the woods began to darken; here the gleam of fallen silver birches provides the only glimmer of light at ground level.
The first sinister rumbles of thunder are heard in the distance.
Time for a sharp exit, reaching the car only minutes before a violent downpour engulfed the Warwickshire countryside!