Tuesday Trees…

Trees fascinate me, and I love them all.

This is an ancient olive tree, and I bet it could tell a few stories…

Silent Sunday… Jaye’s favourite walk…

Today, I need to go for a walk, but a virtual one, down memory lane…

This gate leads to the Riverside Walk, in Liss Forest, Hampshire

This beautiful bridge welcomes you on your journey

The river is old, and timeless. A secret place…

so much of this walk is wild and free, and it can be contagious…

I feel so much better now!

Order made Visible… #Poetry

Image from Pixabay.com

Counting dust particles in a sunbeam
Order made visible
Lack of concentration, the numbers slip
Look again, is the dust really there?
Invisible fingers touch the air
Searching the universe for the new, the unknown
Inside the dark space where stars are born
On into infinity, something is out there
Numbered by the Galaxies we spin in…


©AnitaDawes2022

On Silent Wings… #Poetry

Image from Pixabay.com
On silent wings they pass by
The ancient Gods of old
The scar runs deep
That shut their hearts
To the prayers of man
Harpies perch 
On black wings
A sound of broken glass
Echoes behind
Do not call our names
You need new heroes
New Gods, we are no more…

©AnitaDawes2022


Anita’s poem today coincides with two incidents that happened yesterday…

A very large wood pigeon decided to fly at our window at full speed. The noise when he hit the glass was deafening; I thought someone had kicked a football at us! After recovering, the bird flew away, so no harm was done.

Later, we went outside to find that the local family of thrushes had been busy digging in my bonsai pots, scattering soil all over the yard! Luckily, no harm to the trees, but I wish they wouldn’t do it…

What the ****?
Didn’t they have fun?

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee ~ Tree of Trees

I thought Thursday would be an ordinary day, it began ordinarily enough.

I ploughed through the daily chores, wondering all the while what the day would bring. If the weather held, I wanted to tackle an overgrown flower bed that had been tormenting me long enough.

The writing desk hadn’t seen much of me lately, so a lot to catch up there too. All in all, there was a very pleasant sense of anticipation going on.

The sun was determined to make a show of it, so I escaped from the house to check on my precious seedlings, wondering if my tiny tomatoes would be encouraged to grow today.

What day it really was, gradually filtered through from the back of my mind, and all thoughts of my previous plans faded away. Celebrations for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee had already began and the traditional flypast was due just after lunch. I do love a little tradition and seeing the Red Arrows always goes down well.

I have always felt an affinity with her Majesty. We were both born in May and love horses. I think she shares my wicked sense of humour and also the patience of a saint. At 96, she still has that twinkle in her eye when she smiles.

Getty Images: a team of workers add the final parts to the Queen’s Green Canopy ahead of the Platinum Jubilee on May 24, 2022 in London.

While I was watching the proceedings surrounding Bucking Palace, a weird looking tree right outside the Palace gates caught my eye. I didn’t recall it being there before and it looked odd, not having much luck of looking like a proper tree, so I was curious as to its purpose.

A little later, they began to talk about it, and I learned that this 21m tree is an important part of the Jubilee celebrations, called The Tree of Trees. A sculpture designed by British designer Thomas Heathwick, to hold 350 native British saplings to commemorate the Queen’s Green Canopy initiative, in which over a million trees have been planted. These saplings are due to be planted around the country as a living part of the Jubilee.

Getty Image: Thomas Heathwick, designer of the Tree of Trees sculpture, part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project placed in f front of Buckingham Palace ahead of the Platinum Jubilee.

Seeing this incredible tree and knowing its purpose, made the day even more special for me…

Another Bonsai Post from Nebari Bonsai…

Chinese Quince update

Brian VF Chinese quince May 14, 2022 2 Minutes

I bought this tree on eBay in 2006, and it is spent some time in the ground, had a few chops, and a few different fronts. But it is finally started to settle into its shape, and I decided to put it in our club’s annual show this year.

I have been bored with some of the trees lately, and less than inspired, so I thought it would be good to try to put a tree or two in the show that have never been shown before. A couple reasons, first, it adds some variety to the show. Second, it pushes me to advance different trees to a higher level. This year, the quince and the Stewartia will be making their debut appearances in a show.

I had already pruned it back a month ago, and sprayed it heavily several times with Mancozeb to stave off the rust. So far, knock on wood, it hasn’t been a problem this year.

Click HERE to read the rest of this lovely post from Brian at Nebari Bonsai…

Don’t Run… #Poetry

Image by Peggychoucair from Pixabay ~ Poem by Anita Dawes 2022
Don’t Run


I run around the world
Searching for something
that’s behind, tapping me 
on the shoulder
the faster I run
the harder they tap
the wind whispers
turn around
it’s all there, waiting for you
I stop, I turn, I stare
Into the mirror
I hear, don’t run…


©AnitaDawes2022