Lucky encounters

The sun’s arc is sinking lower, and the days are shortening but nature is still delivering its surprises.  It is now mid-autumn and seasonal gales have cast the remaining leaves to the ground.  Whilst out walking alongside a small woodland, I notice some fine crimson leaves and the familiar pink haze of a spindle tree …

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Under the beech tree

Now the autumn breeze is blowing the leaves like confetti and the Vale is airbrushed with amber and crimson hues, the trees take centre stage, and rightly so.  I cannot decide which ones I love the most this time of year.  Is it the wispy delicateness of the swaying birches or the bold carnelian canopies …

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My tree bees

Each morning as I walk towards my garden shed, I am greeted by the energetic buzzing of my tree bees which, for the second year running, have chosen one of my bird boxes as a venue for their colony.  I first became aware of them when I heard what sounded like an engine coming from …

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