All too soon, our September getaway was nearing its end.
But let's not be too hasty! When we woke up on Sunday morning the 11th of September, we still had two days ahead of us, and we fully intended to savour every minute of those.
What's more, the weather gods had decided to play nicely for a change and graced us with some glorious late Summer weather and temperatures climbing towards the mid-twenties.
Still, making plans for that Sunday wasn't exactly straightforward. Apart from the gorgeous weather enticing more than the average number of people out of their homes, we had to contend with the fact that it was Open Monuments Day, which ruled out quite a few places for being too crowded.
We decided a walk would be our best option and, after some head scratching and consulting the map, we opted for Hellegatbos, a nature reserve near Westouter, in the glorious hilly countryside to the south of Poperinge called Heuvelland, and close to the French border.
This was in no way new territory for us. When we last walked here in 2020, it was on a mid-pandemic weekday, when we hardly met a soul.
On this sunny Sunday, however, the place was inundated with walkers from both sides of the border. To make matters even worse, there seemed to be some kind of equestrian event going on, so that we had to share some of the paths with horses and carriages.