Trees - Naked or decorated?

Trip Start Nov 27, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of United Kingdom  , England,
Saturday, November 17, 2012

Outside my window is the top of a cherry tree which is my view of nature. Over the three weeks that I've been living in London and spending 22 hours a day inside, the cherry tree has browned it's leaves preparing for winter. The last two days it undressed. As the leaves started dropping from the cherry tree, the London planes deluged the pavement with theirs'.

Time for the rain to come, the cold to start seeping in too. Yet, the cherry tree is blossoming. Young leaves are appearing at the tips. Green spots of colour against the yellow bricks opposite. Seems a risky time to bud and flower and decorate it's branches. The shop windows are decorated with snowy decorations. I expect it to get cold outside too or is London different?


If you're at all interested in decorating your tree, then please consider a small trader. Like this one:
from our very talented friend, Clare, working in a caravan next to a yurt in some French woods  

And if you want to know where Clare, Alex and their kids will be or how they cope when the temperatures plummet below freezing, living under canvas then you can find out by:
* visiting in warmer months in a glamourous yurt in France
* reading their blog 
* investing 80p (ish) in the first part of their book The yurt camp, the English mafia and the French resistance
* or you can shop on facebook here
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Alex on

How can I let that pass without a comment? What a great (and generous) post. Chesea must be doing you good!

The trees have finally decided it's Autumn around here, which means... leaf raking's back on the menu!

Liz on

Funny how a tree can become such a window on the world outside but yet informative if you know what to look for. I would seriously miss trees! I hope you're dealing with the paved over life in London. I really admire what you're doing atm; you're a significantly more patient and giving person than I could be!

lifeinbrian on

Thanks Alex and thanks Liz. I'm not sure about spending too long in a city but it is temporary and Chelsea is greener than some areas!

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