It seems that this challenge induced a small epidemic of tree hugging in our ranks. Mags managed quite a few tree-y expeditions this month, including a visit to Bedgebury Pinetum.
Some of us are lucky to be surrounded by them on a daily basis. For others in urban settings their presence may be more sporadic and structured. Whichever of these statements apply, you cannot fail to be amazed by the variety of trees that we see around us - size, colour, seasonal changes, leaf shape, species, native, and non native.
Mags took some lovely photos of trees, both at Bedgebury and around her workplace and home. Find them in her post "Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky".
Muddy Mum and the Mudlings
Clare from Mud and Nettles went out tree hugging with her mudlings (children). I like to imagine there was a tree hugging extravaganza. The muddy crew also went on a rather adventurous nighttime geocaching trek.
All was going well. The children giddy at being allowed up late and full of excitement for the adventure ahead. The footpath lead us on a track beside farm buildings. As a regular geocacher and walker, this is something I’m used to, it always make me a bit edgy but I trust the maps for my rights of way . . .
And there goes an alarm . . .
One of the children yells, "Ruuuuuun!” in the fashion of a true rascal.
Did they all survive the evening? Find out in “Night Time Adventures in Spooky Wood”!
Jane and Mimo
Dan and Jonathan
Dan and I did lots of tree-related things in July. In fact, each time we got near a wood, it was, “Is this our tree microadventure?”
My personal favourite tree was an enormous yew tree we discovered in the church yard in Crowhurst. The trunk was hollow and split in three. Huge, gnarled, yet somehow smooth-looking branches twisted out over the spindly black metal fence, propped up by planks and headstones. We also got the opportunity to go cherry picking, which was fun. The family of a friend of a friend rents a cherry tree in an orchard not far from us, but they weren’t able to get down to pick the cherries before the season closed. So, at the last minute, we were able to drive over and pick three boxes of delicious fresh cherries!
In the end, the tree-y microadventure I wrote up was our rainy afternoon in the woods, reading our books and drinking tea under our tarp. Watch the video here.
August’s microadventure theme: explore a border
(Other borders are obviously much easier to find and much more difficult to explore or cross. National borders are intertwined with bureaucracy, nationalism, economics, imprisonment, the policing of human movement and the restriction of certain human bodies and lives. I hope you don't find yourself turned away from or detained within a country you're trying to enter or leave - this month or ever.)