this - alone with stone and sky?
It's only my old dog and I -
It's only him; it's only me;
Alone with stone and grass and tree.
What share we most - we two together?
Smells, and awareness of the weather.
What is it makes us more than dust?
My trust in him; in me his trust."
From "Man & Dog" by Siegfried Sassoon (1886-1967)
It is remarkable what a dry and mild spell of weather can do - everyone out and
about enjoying the fabulous spring and leaving
umbrellas and raincoats behind. The mass of bluebells in woodland areas and cow
parsley in hedgerows is stunning.
Before this benign spell, butterflies and bees had been struggling, but now
Brimstones, Speckled Woods, Holly Blues and Orange Tips are
making this spring special. As our thoughts turn to summer, wildflowers
and flowering shrubs and insect-friendly plants in our gardens will help our
Around the Malvern Hills area, most of our summer visiting birds have already
arrived to breed. Listen for the sliding scale song of the
Willow Warblers. Blackcaps and Whitethroats make it a really wonderful time of
year, as they join the dawn chorus.
In late May the swifts will arrive to nest with us, after their 6000-mile
journey from southern Africa. Night and day they fly, and
summer skies are transformed by their aerial displays and excited calls. So it
is important to leave a space under the eaves for these
spectacular birds to nest (no wire netting please!). Remember - every little
A recent visit to the Spring Garden Festival focused our attention on this
wonderful tree. Specimens ranging from pot-plant size to gnarled and twisted
veterans [in pots] were on offer. 'In pots' you say ? Yes , specimens many
hundreds of years old can be dug up and replanted in appropriate containers,
shipped from their native land and will continue to live happily in their new
home. They seem to be the 'must-have' patio plant for any-one with several hundred pounds to
The olive is the
first tree to be mentioned in the Bible [Genesis 8.11],many subsequent
references are to be found. An olive branch is regarded as a symbol of peace,
equally 'anointing with oil' continues as a symbol of our Faith. We now have a
family connection in that our daughter- in- law's family own olive trees in
Canena, Jaen in Spain, very large containers of olive oil are to be found in
their kitchens. If you do not want to part with several hundred pounds
then why not make a trip to L**L in the LInk where £10 specimens are
currently on offer !