January, Zelkova Carpinifolia
Andrew had been going on about two beautiful old zelkova trees that he came across in the autumn. So last Saturday we set off early to see them. Ruby had her camera, I had a pencil and some paper and Andrew had a rug. They’re just by the road and you’re suddenly next to them. There’s no long view as you approach which means you don’t fully appreciate the strangeness of...
January, Long Tailed Tits
Most mornings, as I sleepily stumble along the edge of the wood with the dogs, I pass a little group of long tailed tits squeaking and jumping about in a blackthorn thicket. Later in the day they flit past my studio, one by one on their way to the nuts hanging outside the kitchen window. They completely take over all the feeders, smothering them so they look like a couple of porcupines hanging...