Down in the corner of the field we have a some some up and coming young saplings, they’re an eclectic band of brothers; oak, beech, ash, rowan, alder, buckthorn to name but a few
This is the chestnut
Many have been given to us by friends, such as an oak grown from an acorn collected in Richmond Park, and that they just managed to squeeze in the car to bring too us, (another years growth and they would have had to drive from London with the sun roof open to accommodate it) or they are ‘rescue seedlings’ that had just sprouted in the wrong place at the wrong time, like the oak, from the centre of the field, probably from an acorn stashed there by a jay.
It was warm and sunny when I was looking them over, at my feet every time I took a step forward, dozens of spiders moved in a scurrying ripple around my feet
which reminded me of the fact my red welly boots are a little short for being comfortable in the company of field spiders and of a lovely animation that was a favourite of the boys when they were small (Oh OK, it was my favourite and I’m loath to get rid of the video.) Watch the clip and the tune will be with you all day.
If the last week has been a holiday, I’ll be glad to get back to work for a rest, (and catch up with my blog reading) yesterday I spent the best part of six hours in the car with 3 over excited boys, there wasn’t a yard of the journey when they were all quiet.