Trees and memory

Light is precious as autumn gives way to winter. With sunshine and clear skies, today was perfect for planting trees. I’ve put some evergreens in at the top of the field. Partly to remove a future view of the new housing estate on the other side of the tracks. Partly to provide a backdrop for future deciduous trees in the field. Partly because I like conifers. There’s 24 in place now – they seem very vulnerable in the open field but I’m hoping they’ll do OK. IMG_1105

Pinus wallichiana, a wonderful gift, has a great church view and – in the future – beyond.IMG_1107

The hedgerow looking quite wild, in need of weeding – but great, strong growth this year.IMG_1114

Chimneys of Snakesbury and the woodland beyond.IMG_1115

Three newly-planted Acer rubrum; the edge of a future clearing in the future woodland.IMG_1120

The big cherry lost most of its leaves in a single week. Soon to sleep.IMG_1099

Deciduous larch catches fire in the low afternoon light.IMG_1124

Through the hedge.IMG_1129

Classic autumn hues of cotinus and beech.IMG_1135

Recent visits by the heron have depleted the pond but there’s still life in there.IMG_1127

Some very sad news this week. Poppy is no longer with us. She was the most wonderful dog. I planted this Koelreuteria paniculata in her memory. Forever in a field in England.IMG_1102

Poppy. You will be missed.14842353110_cd122d8919_o

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