This scene reminded me of one of my favourite poems:

The Road Not Taken

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveller, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence;
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I –
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.

by Robert Frost

Conkers are the seed of the Horse Chestnut tree and it is a very British tradition for children to play the game of conkers in the school playground.  Leaving conkers in the house is supposed to repel spiders, but can’t say this works entirely for me!

Conker from the Horse Chestnut tree

If you are looking for conker pictures, the following picture is available for immediate license on Picfair

Conkers

After the deluge the sun came out! Everything was weighed down from the rain, including the Rowan tree with its masses of berries which are ripening fast and it’s still only July!

Rowan tree berries

The Sorbus is also known as mountain ash as well as Rowan and in English folklore is said to have magical properties and gives protection against witches.

The old saying “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out” actually refers to the blossom of the Hawthorn, known as May blossom, rather than the month of May. Suggesting that if it is warm enough for the blossom to flower, it is warm enough to lose some winter clothes. It’s still a bit chilly here at the moment though! The blossom on the Hawthorn or Crataegus monogyna is absolutely stunning this year and the scent filled the air this morning.

Crataegus monogyna or Hawthorn blossom

I can’t get enough of Acers! In the Spring the fresh young leaves light up the garden with youthful promise; the leaves dance around in the summer breeze like colourful handkerchiefs and in the Autumn their fiery colours give us the most spectacular natural fireworks display. People think they are difficult to look after, but all you need to do is protect them from cold winds in winter and strong sun in summer.

New leaves on golden Acer tree

Over the last few days the leaves on this sycamore tree have started to unfurl. I adore the crinkly copper-coloured new leaves – a sure sign that Spring has arrived, albeit accompanied by hail storms.

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Enjoyed a walk in the sunshine this morning and marvelled at the beautiful blue sky which we haven’t seen for a while. The bare trees also seemed to be stretching towards the sun.

Reach for the sky