Under the silver birch


What, already?


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  1. The advantages of living in the cold, damp north are that ice cream doesn’t melt so quickly, you get more use out of your winter woollies, and leaves stay on your silver birch longer.
    We have a mature silver birch in our garden, and we had one in our last house in Cumbria. We watched both grow from saplings to maturity in the space of 13 years for the first, and 16 for our present tree. I talk to it occasionally.
    Perhaps the spirits that live among the roots – and they all have them – are unhappy about something. I think you should talk to them. Or leave them some sweets.

    • This one is about 35 to 40 years old, I should think, and as we live near the coast it tends to lose its top because of the salty winds, even in a good year. This year we had those vicious gales while its leaves were still young and delicate, and in fact all the trees look as if they have been beaten up – my crab apple, normally a very reliable tree, looks dreadful, and hardly has a fruit on it. 😦

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