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Magical May Trees: Hawthorn Hedges and Elder Pipes

If there are two trees that capture the essence of the month of May, it has to be the veil-white blossoms that take centre stage this month. One, the Hawthorn, has even taken the month’s title as its alternative name; ‘hawthorn’ when the haws (berries) decorate the tree in autumn, and ‘may’ when the flowers… Continue reading Magical May Trees: Hawthorn Hedges and Elder Pipes

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

6am. The morning has yet to break, the sky still darkened and unrevealing. A robin has just set up a brave solo from the half-leafed wayfarer tree beyond the bedroom window. Once daylight pulls apart the lingering night the morning will be chilly, and a damp film will cling to any exposed surface. By mid… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Autumn is ageing

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SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Into the Wind

A buzzard, bent-winged into the wind, was hanging against the clouds as I walked up the driveway to work. I had to acknowledge a pang of mild jealousy as I watched him twist his ruffled feathers and bank, realign, then tilt and soar off over the tree tops. Behind me, the jays were raucous in… Continue reading SFN Journal – Autumn Almanac: Into the Wind