is having a short sabbatical in order to sort
these sunny spring days! I love this time of year for the mix of weather
we get and that unmistakable sense of 'beginning' in the air! No bees
yet, but the odd butterfly, and the buds are just started starting to
show. The catkins are lovely to see, but the pollen from the yew tree
that's all over the car...
the beech the most beautiful snow covered tree? Better than a tin sled
christmas tree anyway. I was walking home last monday and one beech tree
stopped me in my tracks (and the tracks of rabbit, fox and squirrel as
well actually). It was dusk, so the snowless spaces under the yew trees
stood out like black holes, and above them stood this beech tree with
every delicate twig frosted against a grey/white sky.
whole country is is being thrashed by gales and torrential rain; two weeks
ago we had a tornado rip through where I live, knocking down trees, and
leaving us without electricity for the the day. No matter, as the ground
becomes soggy with leaves, and the evenings keep promising our first frost
of the winter, the ferrets and I have only one thing on our mind; the nets
are checked and packed, and there's a nice looking bury up the lane...
wild raspberries.. and in a sun trap up the lane, my first
blackberry of the year. Can it really be autumn in a little while? Our
conker trees are being devoured by leaf borers, and every now and again
a cloud of the white adults takes to the air. Suddenly there are unripe
conkers on the floor with teeth marks in, and I look forward to seeing
the dark brown shiny nuts in a while, but without wishing the summer away.
With all the rain we've had it's easy to start thinking about log fires
instead of barbeques, but I reckon we'll get a good August and September.