Highgate Wood in late February
Trees with bare branches will soon bear leaves.
The sun shines through the cool, clear morning air.
Shadows of tree trunks fall across the gravelly path, along which a man walks his dog.
A mother wheels her baby in a pushchair.
And a jogger lopes past me, panting wheezily.
An occasional bus passes by a signboard on the barely used pavement. It invites customers to take refreshment in a sylvan café.
It is Monday morning, and most people are at work.
A suburban idyll.