I love Poole in Dorset (where my mother was born) and have always been intrigued by the place’s coat of arms, with its heraldic dolphin and three shells – I thought they were cockles, as the town history trail is called the cockleshell trail, but Wikipedia says they are scallop shells. So I thought I would write a post about it, and share my images of three “sightings” of the arms. Continue Reading »
Before I turn my attention to a new tree to follow in 2017, I am looking back with fondness at the old oak (Quercus robur) I have followed throughout 2016 in Thompson’s Park, Cardiff.
I visited again on a frosty day last week but now it’s winter there is not going to be much change until it starts the annual cycle again in spring.
The only new observation was this spent firework from the New Year’s Eve festivities…
So here is a comparison of how the tree looked as the months passed in 2016. Continue Reading »
The January tree-following link box is now closed, but at the bottom of this post you will find links to the excellent contributions we received this month.
I am still trying to decide which tree to follow in 2017 but some people have already chosen a new tree – why not join us? There’s no rush, you can join in at any time and you don’t really have to do it every single month if that’s too much.
If you are new to tree following, read all about it here.
This time last year I shared my thoughts on how to choose a tree to follow – so if you are stuck for ideas you might read it here.
In Cardiff it’s the middle of winter and the start of a new year. For me it’s time to say goodbye to the tree I have followed through 2016 before moving on – see a round-up of my old oak’s year here.
Here are this month’s other contributions:
January is quite a thin time for some tree followers, but the choices everyone has made so far are brilliant. Here’s to many more joining us before Spring comes to the Northern hemisphere. And it would be great to have someone from “down South”, too…
Thank you to everyone – see you all again on February 7!
Something a bit different this time… I have written a guest post about my favourite stationery for my blogging friend Shaz, for her Stationery Love feature on Jera’s Jamboree. This is the link.
If you are not already following the blog, do explore the rest of Jera’s Jamboree, which has a lot to say about books but is also full of inspiration on all sorts of lifestyle subjects. I love it!
When it’s fine on Christmas Day we often go to Dunraven Castle at Southerndown in the Vale of Glamorgan to eat pâté and pickle sandwiches in the walled garden – our main meal of roast beef and Brussels sprouts is in the evening. This year the weather was good, with a cold, brisk wind that kept the cloudy sky interesting. Continue Reading »
As usual I wish you a Merry Christmas with some of my favourite designs from the cards I have received this year. They are all charity cards so click on the images to go to the charity websites. Continue Reading »
Here is another selection of tree news articles from around the world. Festive warning: May contain Christmas trees!
Click on each of the pictures if you would like to read the full stories.
Talent show for trees?
And the winner is – a Welsh oakContinue Reading »