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At last the hornbeam fruits are changing colour…

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Amazing to think this is my tenth blog post about the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff. Thanks again to Lucy Corrander for setting up her Loose and Leafy tree-following project.

I visited on October 2, at the end of a long, dry, mild month. But I knew cold, wet and windy weather was coming, so I had (more…)

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Golden ash in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, on October 2, 2014

I found autumn the other day, in a usually unvisited quarter – the very far corner of Llandaff Fields in Cardiff, right beside the main road.

Here stand a row of golden ash trees. Not just (more…)

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Jacko the injured jackdaw, sitting beside the herb garden…

WARNING: You may not want to read this…

It’s SO sad, but we knew he would soon die. I was so tearful at the time that only now can I write this little tribute to the resourceful old jackdaw who came to our garden in July. (more…)

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The silver tree in Baiter, Poole – an iPhone picture I snapped in 2012…

We have holidayed in Poole in Dorset so many times now, and often walked along the edge of the harbour in the Baiter leisure area, but until this summer we had always turned back when we reached what I call “the silver tree” at the end of the car park.

But this time I looked at the map and worked out we could carry on and end up doing a round trip back to the quay via Poole Park and the town centre. This is (more…)

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Hornbeam leaves and fruit, September 8, 2014…

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Patience is a virtue I don’t have. But “my” hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) is in no hurry to embrace Autumn (which our transatlantic cousins call Fall). So my most recent visit to the tree in Llandaff Fields, Cardiff, was a little bit disappointing.

Thanks to Lucy Corrander’s Loose and Leafy blog, a whole bunch of us are “following a tree” and reporting back every month on what’s been happening. I left my September visit as late as I could, in the hope of seeing a seasonal change.

I always say I love Autumn, but (more…)

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Swan parent and child – with big feet and no feathers to hide them under…

I had heard of Abbotsbury Swannery years ago but had no idea what part of the country it was in. So I was surprised to find (from various Dorset bloggers) that it was near Weymouth and within reach of my annual visit to Poole.

I had visualised the place as a little abbey with a handful of swans in a pond or moat alongside – but how wrong I was! (more…)

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The hornbeam on August 9, seen from the hedgerow…

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I knew August could be a bit “boring” for the hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) I am following. But it was an assignation I had to make for the sake of Lucy Corrander’s Tree Following project, even though it was a rushed job on a Saturday morning when we had just returned from a couple of weeks away on holiday and I was in the middle of doing the laundry.

It was a rush partly because (more…)

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