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Sunday, 16 November 2014



Sycamore on November 15th 2014

Have you mentioned music about trees on your blog?

Have you shown pictures about trees?

Have you found fun words about trees?

Have you made a video clip about your trees?

. . . . We're constructing a special page about trees in the arts. (And 'art' includes your own and that of your friends as well as known singers and painters and . . . )

Hopefully it will be well under way by Christmas so do email me with links to the relevant posts on your blog.

AND . . . you don't necessarily need to have posted about a picture , a piece of music . . .etc. etc. (!) about a tree; if you think it's a good tree-in-the-arts link . . . let's have it!

AND . . . it doesn't necessarily have to be about a tree that's being followed now. Who knows what trees will be followed next year? Let's have the links!

Email your ideas and links to

or leave a comment on the blog.

Hawthorn on 15th November 2014


Every so often I choose a place and put my feet on it so I can see what I can see without moving. I allow myself to swivel, crouch, stand on tip-toe - all those kinds of movements - but my feet have to stay in exact same place. 'Stuck Foot Posts'.

There's a page about them and if you'd like to stick your foot somewhere and post about it . . . There will be a link box on Loose and Leafy from the 21st to the 25th November. Anyone can join in. The emphasis is on plants but there may be other things of interest which you might never have noticed without sticking-your-foot: insects, stones, surprising views. Look under and over and in between. Examine.

(If you'd like your name and blog included in the list of occasional Stuck-Footers. Let me know! - usual thing . . . email looseandleafy@googlemail.com or leave a note in the comments - simply stick your link in the Stuck-Foot Box . . . 21st - 25th November and every 'odd' month after.)

(More about ivy soon.)

Friday, 7 November 2014


Sycamore. (?)

I've put an exclamation mark beside the post title because I think we are all a bit taken aback by how quickly we leap from one 7th of the month to the next. Tree Following don't 'arf make the year go round!

Once you've placed your link you might like to read what's after it: an idea for December and a change in dates for Stuck Foot and Street Plant post dates.


The Idea
Next month will be December. (Of course!) And in December it's Christmas. (Of course!) And at Christmas many of us like to do something a little different, something celebratory.

When I read your Tree Following blog posts each month I'm struck by the 'extras' people find. There are folk tales and tales from history attached. Some posts have songs and other music. Some bloggers have found brilliant words that are new to me and seem to be new to many of you too.

So in time for Christmas I'd like to begin a new page to reflect this. We'll have a glossary of surprising words. A list of songs with links. Your trees in art . . . poetry . . . And the only way this can be done is with your help. As wonderful as all your posts are I'm not volunteering to read them all again in search of gems. But you'll know where everything is. Would you email me the links?


I think this is an ash - but it may not be. What do you think?
Mostly I expect they will be to your blogs. But they needn't be.

If you've found a song about your tree on YouTube (or would like to hunt one out) - send the link.

If you know a painting of your tree in an art gallery and can find it on the internet - send the link.

Folk tales, tales from history, they don't have to be from your blog. If they are about your tree and you find some interesting reads - send the links.

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Note about Stuck Foot and Street Plant Posts.

I don't know how I managed it but I arranged the dates in what was meant to be a logical, easily remembered order but which turns out to be a bizarre and un-memorable chaos. What's more, I went and wrote Loose and Leafy posts soon after placing the boxes on the blog so they disappeared too quickly for people to take advantage of the links by reading the posts and be inspired by them. Apologies to those who put links in the boxes. Please take a look at the Stuck Foot and Street Plant pages for the updated list of dates. Stuck Foots are on the 21st of odd months and Street Plants on the 21st of even months.
Photos taken on 1st November 2014.