• Acers abounding

    Popped into Queenswood Arboretum up on Dinmore Hill to see how the Acers were looking in the Autumn Garden and I think you'll agree - pretty damn fine.



  • Found for a pound latest....

    Dropped on this little beauty the other day for....yes....£1.

    What a cracking little piece of local Herefordshire history. This is a late 19th or early 20th century pub tumbler from The Three Horseshoes in Corn Square, Leominster. Sadly this pub, which dates back to the 16th century, closed in 2011 and is now a coffee shop. The glass has a lovely ground base and lots of swirls in the body of the glass showing that it was hand blown rather than moulded and, of course, the etched title of the inn.

    Can't be many of these still floating about.



  • Amazing camouflage

    Jan was busy painting the gable end of the kitchen on Sunday & spotted this moth on the stonework.

    Turns out it's a red underwing - the bright red of those under wings very neatly concealed, although one would have thought that might be a warning to most birds spotting a prospective snack. Very impressed with this camouflage and is it chance or not that the jagged line across the wings meshes almost perfectly with the edge of the stone. How could this moth know this was the perfect place to hide?




    'Tis the season for talks once again.

    24.10.14 - Linton Village Hall, near Newent, Glos. - "The British Oak" SOLD OUT

    25.10.14 - Welsh Historic Gardens Trust at Penrhyn Castle, Bangor - "Heritage Trees Wales" - 11.30 (open to non-members I think, but check with Olive Horsfall - 01766 780187 or oandmhorsfall@btinternet.com )

    28.10.14 - U3A Malvern - The Cube, Albert Road North, Malvern - "Heritage Trees of The Three Counties" 2p.m. start. (Check with Sue Lamberton for admissions - 01886 830050 or 07919 377549)

    6.11.14 - Chester Lecture Society, The Chester Museum - "The British Oak" 7.30 (open to non members - £5 admission fee)

    19.11.14 - Church Stretton Tree Group, Methodist Church Hall, Church Stretton, Shropshire - "Hidden Trees of Britain" - 7.30 start. (Contact Hilary Hyams - 01694 723208 - for admissions)

    Look forward to possibly seeing you at any of these.



  • Dropped by to see an old friend

    I am sure I have posted pictures of this great ash tree before, but the imminent spread of ash dieback keeps me vigilent with all our local ash trees, particularly these mighty oldsters.

    Set in the bottom of the valley where I live this one has an impressive girth of 19'....and that's around the narrowest part of the bole. What makes this an even more characterful tree are all the wonderful burrings that have built up after many many years of sheep and cattle nibbling away at the bark and probably all their rubbings and scratching against it too.

    We must hope and pray that come what may these unique ashes will survive the onslaught.



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