Thursday, 16 January 2014

My balalaika

Yesterday I travelled down to London and met my eldest daughter, after going to her flat and work we went out for lunch at Ottolenghi. Which was a taste sensation, the salads were heavenly. The desserts looked like artwork, but not having a sweet tooth I did not try any. Then we went to buy my balalaika. Isn't it beautiful? The shape alone holds me in awe, let alone the sound.
As I travelled home on the train the first full moon of 2014 watched over me as I held the balalaika on my lap. I am now a very proud owner and as I am only learning I can't really do it justice yet, but time will tell.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

One frosty morning

This morning I awoke to see a blanket of white sparkling frost covering everything.
Its hard to believe that yesterday I was searching for fallen conkers that had started to sprout and was potting them up along with the tomato seeds
The crisp air was refreshing but am sure it is a sign of worse weather still to come. Febraury is always the month I am happy to see behind me. The christmas tree looked pretty though

The total list of new trees planted are as follows~
10 field maple
3 alder
10 grey alder
40 silver birch
15 sweet chestnut
5 dogwood
5 spindle
20 beech
3 holly
15 wild cherry
25 bird cherry
16 oak
10 rowan
4 walnut
5 scots pine
5 norwegian spruce
12 hybrid willow
3 willow
4 guelder rose
3 crab apple

along with the 44 trees already planted over the summer and another 20 or so willow it brings the grand total to around 280.
Heres just a few more photos of the little people who live in the wood.
I am off to London to visit my eldest daughter this week, she very kindly bought me the train tickets as a christmas present. I am hoping to return with a new project I intend to start this year, I'll keep you posted.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Let it grow

In between Christmas and New Year we have planted over 200 trees in the wood. The trees are a mixture including~ Silver Birch, Beech, Oak, Scotch Pine, Norg. Spruce, Sweet Chestnut, Spindle, Grey Alder, Wild Cherry, Holly, Willow, Maple, Rowan~ to name just a few.
We have three different types of willow, and this section will be the willow grown for basket making and sculptures
At the bottom end of the wood we have planted a section of silver birch, where hopefully the bluebells will grow.
In about three years time the wood will start to look quite established. Now all I can do is wait and watch it develop.

 The buds are already appearing and I am already looking forward to the Spring. So there you finally have Bedford Wood....all planted.