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Girls reading, a painting by Henri Lebasque (1865-1937) (Source:Wikimedia Commons)

Once upon a training course we were asked to think back to the earliest stories we could remember. Some people recalled true stories, some recalled fairy stories. When we revealed our most persistent memories we realised they seemed to say something about ourselves and what drives us. Continue Reading »

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Autumn leaves on one of the elm trees

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Another month has passed and the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields still seem very green.

There are signs of autumn if you look for them – although not the glorious orange hues I had been hoping for.

Quite a few leaves have turned lemon yellow, but we have had a windy few weeks, so most of these leaves are already on the ground all around the elm avenue. Continue Reading »

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

Why don’t you join us and follow a tree, too? You can start at any time and you don’t have to contribute every month if that’s too much of a commitment for you.

Autumn has started cool and wet here in Cardiff. As usual some trees have lost all their leaves already – such as the chestnuts and sycamores – and some appear unchanged.

On the night of September 12-13 Storm Aileen hit the UK. With 70mph winds it was nothing like as severe as the hurricanes that hit America and the Caribbean recently, but still warranted a name. Continue Reading »

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Rainbows of fabric – a detail from The Virgin (1913) by Gustav Klimt,
which will feature in an exhibition at San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum

I was stuck for something to write about this week, but then along came an email from Jenna at Artsy, an organisation whose mission is to make all the world’s art accessible to anyone with an internet connection. Even if we aren’t buyers or sellers, we can still look! Artsy currently has 800,000 images of art in its database. Continue Reading »

September snapshots

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Michaelmas daisies (Aster amellus) in the herbaceous borders of Bute Park, Cardiff

At university we used to call this the Michaelmas term, so I thought it appropriate to start with an image of Michaelmas daisies. Although I hadn’t realised that Michaelmas, a quarter day of the financial year, is on September 29. I never thought about it before.

I have walked into the city centre along the River Taff a couple of times over the last few weeks, including just after Storm Aileen (which I completely slept through in the early hours of the morning of September 13), so I thought I would share some seasonal snapshots. Continue Reading »

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One of very few yellow leaves fallen from the 100 elm trees in Pontcanna Fields, Cardiff

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I really shouldn’t be disappointed, but I was hoping for a hint of fall colour in the 100 disease-resistant elms, Ulmus ‘New Horizon’, in Pontcanna Fields this month. After all, September is officially the start of autumn, according to the weather people.

The trees may still be as green and lush as ever, but the weather has definitely become more “back-end-ish” as the daylight hours grow shorter. The summer never did come to anything, the rain continues and now it’s getting colder, too.

There’s that distinctive something in the air that inspires nostalgia for childhood and renewed ambitions to cuddle up and do something creative. Continue Reading »

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Sunlight through leaves of my moon maple, Acer shirasawanum aureum, this week

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The tree-following link box has now closed for another month. To explore everyone’s updates, please go straight to the bottom of this post.

Why don’t you join us and follow a tree, too? You can start at any time and you don’t have to contribute every month if that’s too much of a commitment for you.

The summer continued to be wet and cool here in Cardiff, but now it’s officially autumn. As usual the trees are changing colour in a piecemeal sort of way. The small moon maple in my garden seems to be turning to gold gently this year, as pictured above. I have blogged about it before, here.

Autumn is a good time to start following a tree, or to revisit a tree you didn’t have time for over the summer holidays. If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.

And without further ado, here are this month’s links…

Erika Groth in Sweden – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Hollis (In the Company of Plants and Rocks) – visiting her old friend the pussy willow)

Frances at Island Threads, off the North West coast of Scotland – rowan (Sorbus aucuparia)

Flighty’s Plot – Mike’s dogwood (Cornus) and Liz’s tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera)

Alison at the Blackberry Garden – quince

Pat – Squirrelbasket – 100 elm trees

Thank you to everyone – see you all again on October 7.