I woke up before 5 this morning but did not mind because I could hear birds singing outside my window including a loud, confident thrush. I remembered that today is International Dawn Chorus Day. What is it about bird-song that can be so touching? Clearly, there are a number of factors at play.
The sheer […]Continue Reading →
Late Summer Foraging
When you go walking in the meadows and woods in late August, it’s always worth bringing along a basket or sturdy container because you never know what fruits and berries you may find. Sweet, juicy blackberries seem to be particularly abundant at the moment.
Foraging for fruit growing wild is pleasurable and […]Continue Reading →
Now it is the turn of the trees in my local woodland such as lime, beech and common oak to turn soft yellow, gold and copper.
Their leaves are falling thick and fast, carrying with them unwanted toxins and excess ballast so that the trees can draw on their core strength […]Continue Reading →
I have been puzzling over what they are called and have only just discovered their names. Both are trees originating from far overseas, adopted here because they are […]Continue Reading →
My diary is taking me from the silver maple to the red oak. It is letting go of the green pigment (chlorophyll) of spring and summer that requires a lot of water, light and sun.
With winter approaching, the tree is drawing what resources are still left in the leaves before shedding […]Continue Reading →
Autumn could be a sad time with the shortening days and unreliable weather if it were not for the leaves turning into a vibrant display of colour.
I always delight in this but find myself asking questions. What type of leaf am I looking at that is turning […]Continue Reading →
The Woodland Trust has embarked on its “Tree of the Year competition” for 2015. We are invited to nominate a tree that we love because it tells a story.
This set me thinking about the many weird and wonderful trees I have seen when exploring the London Loop.
An ancient oak by Warren […]Continue Reading →
With regular watering, the seeds will soon transform before your eyes as they swell up, turn a greenish white and then sprout shoots and leaves that are ready to eat […]Continue Reading →
Our home ed group of children and parents sat on logs in a clearing. They had agreed to spend a good minute in total silence listening to the wood around them: the rush of wind through branches, the pink call of a chaffinch and the low growl of an airplane. It was a magical […]Continue Reading →
Pole Hill: A Favourite Haunt of T.E.Lawrence
Take just a short detour from the London Loop path as it passes through the grasslands of The Chingford Plain, and you arrive at Pole Hill, a place of poignant interest that invites you to pause and reflect.
An obelisk stands there, at the top of […]Continue Reading →