CHESTER STORY 01: Winter Forest
“There is something incredibly honest about trees in winter, how they’re experts at letting things go.” – Jeffrey McDaniel
My first adventure of 2016 is a trip to Chester, a Roman walled city on the bank of River Dee at the border of England and Wales. I was introduced to this fascinating city by one of the examiners during my examinations for the post-graduate course I was studying last year. The examinations took place at the racecourse of this city, and although I really wanted to spend the day there, I did not have the time, as I had to return to London straight after the exams. Nevertheless, I eventually make it here to specially explore this ancient Roman Fort, albeit it being in the middle of winter.
Of course, it is absolutely freezing in Northwest England this time of year, but forests in winter are just as beautiful and unique as they are in spring or autumn. Winter may be when the land is barren, the trees appear dead, and the whole landscape becomes nothing but shades of greys and whites, but I love looking up and see how the dry branches create wonderful patterns like intricate nets across the sky. There is something incredibly honest about trees in winter. They set the perfect example of the art of letting go, to be patient and persevere when time is hard.
Needless to tell you how much I love road trips and exploration of countryside in general, a day break in the woods to take in some crisp, fresh air and be close to nature is just exactly what I need after two weeks of being ill. Fortunately for this trip, I have this fantastic Tidemaster Cape from Belstaff to keep me warm and dry. It is fast becoming my favourite weatherproof jacket for 2016 and proves to be really high performance while I am in Chester because not only is it light, the waxed cotton fabric is both windproof and waterproof, which is perfect for this occasion because it is very windy here by the river, and you know what it is like with English weather, it always rains so a jacket with hood always comes in handy. It is kind of a happy coincidence that I brought this blue and green camouflage jacket with me because it certainly adds a pop of colour onto the barren greys and whites surrounding me in this woods. Somehow, the aqua hues and patterns of this jacket assimilate the patterns of the tree barks too.
As with all my little travel adventures, I have a lot to say about Chester, so again, there will be a few articles on this trip because it is such a unique place to visit in United Kingdom. It is steeped in history and has survived countless civilizations since the Roman Time to the point that it was once a Roman capital city of the UK and is even older than London, the current capital city of the UK itself! A city this old and with such high importance certainly deserves to be explored properly, don’t you agree?
Photographer: Rom Sangkavatana
WHAT I WORE:
Cape: Shop Belstaff Tidemaster Cape
Top: Lemaire for Uniqlo
Skirt: Lemaire for Uniqlo
Ankle Boots: Topshop