Thursday, 20 August 2015

STREET PLANTS - AUGUST

So here I am - or, rather, - there I was, drinking coffee and thinking what a blight recycling bins are on the country and wondering how come a dropped cigarette counts as litter while thousands upon thousands of whacking great plastic containers on wheels don't . . . when I noticed this pretty pattern made by the shadow of lavender in a little vase on the table at which I was drinking coffee.


You may have noticed I've been somewhat AWOL recently and one of the places I've been AWOL in has been Oxford.

Oxford is a funny place. If you are a student you can flit through pleasant courtyards and quads on your way to concerts and plays and lectures on mind-bendingly interesting subjects. But if you aren't . . . it's a busy, dusty, noisy, not entirely pleasant place. I am biased. I don't like crowds and I don't like traffic. Oxford is pretty well made from both so I'm sunk.



But there I was, none the less, drinking coffee outside a second-hand bookshop (which also sold cake) admiring lavender shadows and wondering about wheelie bins . . .  





. . . . when my eye fell on this little plant against the bookshop step. It even has a seed plopped up against it.


Urban wild plants don't always get a good press. But I'll tell you what, they're a million times prettier than the millions of wheelie bins with which we are supposed to be saving the world. A bin is plastic. This little plant is alive. Ultimately the bins will disintegrate. They will leave no offspring. (And no-one will mourn them. Surely no-one will mourn them?) Whereas the future snuggles gently against this little plant while the world walks by.

Do you have a post about Street Plants? If so, do join me and leave a link to it in the box below. (It'll stay open till the 25th.)

And as for posts . . . they will continue erratic or invisible (?) for a while longer. And Loose and Leafy will grow tatty and somewhat un-tended until my AWOLing ends in the middle of October - by which time we'll all be getting old and full of sleep and looking forward to burning the leaves. (I like Autumn!)
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Friday, 7 August 2015

TREE FOLLOWING - AUGUST

Absent but happily not missing.

I'm having an unusual number of being-away-from-homes at present. Hence lack of posts. Hence a bald introduction to this month's Tree Following. A box and little more.

Hence a confession too; I'm thinking of changing my tree to one nearer where I live. I'd thought choosing one in an interesting location would make it extra interesting to visit. Instead it means I never have time to visit it at all!

And now for the box I'm bunging in in passing.


Be back soon!


Tuesday, 21 July 2015

STUCK FOOT POST BOX FOR JULY

I forgot! I'm so sorry, I forgot!

It's Stuck Foot Post Day.

And I haven't written a Stuck Foot Post for this month (yet!).

Please fill my place until I can go and stand still.

There's a box below for you to put links in.

How about this as an image of stillness?
(The Long Gallery at Montacute House in Somerset.)

Date confused - I Went for a Walk yesterday
Hardly standing still!





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