Happy Christmas – and Happy Trees!

Someone else has a passion for Trees

Passion for TreesTrees are very much on my mind again.  Not just Christmas Trees (or my freelance tree).  I’ve discovered that someone famous has the same passion for Trees as I do.  Judi Dench.  Did anyone else see her on TV talking about Her Passion for Trees?

Lucky her.  She has a woodland at the bottom of her garden.  Most of us must have at least one tree nearby.  I learned from the programme that ‘there are more trees on the planet than stars in the sky’.

Trees remind us of things

Trees are a reminder to us about many things. Especially at this time of year. How we can shake off the old (leaves) and embrace the new (year).  Nothing is wasted (trees absorb nutrients from the debris around them) just as we can absorb and assess our year gone by, and energise for the new.   Trees withstand wild storms and wintry weather and remind us that we are stronger than we think.

Here are some of the things I learned from the programme:

  • The Yew has a built-in anti-freeze to stop the leaves from freezing
  • Never eat a Yew leaf, it’s very poisonous
  • Surrey is the most wooded county in England
  • Trees drink 200 litres of water every day
  • Trees communicate with eachother via tangled strands of underground fungi
  • Tree carvings are known as arborglyphs
  • The frame of the Mary Rose, Henry VIII’s war ship, is made from around 600 oak trees, that’s around 40 acres of woodland

And how is my freelance Tree at the end of 2017?  Still there, still standing, still continuing to surprise me, still allowing me to evolve and grow in unsuspecting ways.  Oh, and it’s getting ready for a blooming and blossoming 2018.

Tree resolution

My new year’s resolution?  To hug a Tree, every single day.Hug a Tree

Sending Happy Christmas love to everyone

So this is not scientific at all. But in a couple of hours there have been more than 2000 replies and overwhelmingly they say @RoryStewartUK won the #C4Debate https://t.co/BBXQeKSp5w

What a cosy night in Dolly the Caddy Camper @bridgevilla campsite on the riverside @wallingford...friendly visitors and glorious riverside trees 🌲 🦆#treehugging #trees #vanlife #campervan #vwcamper


.@RoryStewartUK again absolutely kills the others by actually sounding as though he is fallible. Whether it is sincere or a performance it is working. @sajidjavid also sounds human by talking about getting things wrong as a dad #c4debate

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