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Everything you need to know about cherry blossom in Japan
Everything you need to know about cherry blossom in Japan
Everything you need to know about cherry blossom in Japan They are swooned over, obsessed over and painstakingly painted. They are cited as a symbol of the transient nature of life. And they are sprinkled on lattes in coffee shops. It is impossible to think of springtime in Japan without an iconic image of a sea of cherry trees awash with perfect pink blooms instantly coming to mind. From...
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The Firewood Poem
The Firewood Poem
On a cold winter's night there is nothing quite like an open fire. It not only warms the room, it warms the heart. But which is the best wood to burn and which wood should be avoided? The Firewood Poem Beechwood fires are bright and clear If the logs are kept a year, Chestnut's only good they say, If for logs 'tis laid away. Make a fire of Elder tree, Death within your...
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Why does every churchyard have a Yew Tree?
Why does every churchyard have a Yew Tree?
The common or English yew tree (Taxus baccata) whilst native to Britain, is also found across much of Europe, western Asia and North Africa, but why does every Churchyard have a yew tree? The answer could be because of druid and pagan belief, cadavers, the longbow or perhaps protectionism. Druids The Druids used yew trees as places of gathering and often planted trees to form groves in...
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The Story of the Christmas Tree in Britain
The Story of the Christmas Tree in Britain
The winter solstice (also known as Yule) marks the shortest day and longest night of the year and typically falls on 21st December. Long before the advent of Christianity, the Celts, Gaels, Picts, Scots and other peoples of pagan Britain decorated their homes with wreaths made from evergreen plants including holly, mistletoe and yew as part of the winter solstice festival celebrations. Evergreen plants...
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Leaves & Fruit from a Neighbour's Tree
Leaves & Fruit from a Neighbour's Tree
It is the season of falling leaves and falling fruit but who is responsible for clearing up the leaves and what is to be done with the fruit from the neighbour’s tree? Leaves It is generally accepted that a leaf attached to a tree belongs to the owner of the tree, but when a leaf becomes detached from the tree, it becomes a free agent and when the leaf lands, it then belongs to whoever...
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