Thursday, 31 December 2009


I am really looking forward to 2010. Having worked for the same company for 25 years in a very time consuming role, I have had little time to indulge myself on my two passions, wildlife and gardening. Each month there is so much to see and to do in the garden, now I will have a bit more time for both gardening and wildlife study.

The first 'negative' thing to happen to us in January is that the anti-tree Nazis have finally got their way and all the trees are being felled in Abbey Street. We have been promised replacements by the council. Let's hope they fulfil their promises. From now on we need to keep a very watchful eye on one 'Miss Unpleasance' and make sure that her desire to fell the trees in Abbey Place for car parking is not granted.

I'm mourning the loss of my winter flowering clematis following the total annihilation of the boundary trellis in my garden after the November gales. By now, we should be enjoying the flowers and on milder January days, the Bumble bees. My winter flowering honeysuckle, also succumbed to the inclement weather, was a mecca for hungry bumble bees.


  1. One of the most elegant and charming streets in Britain, I believe. The cars could go, but the trees? What a terrible shame to lose them. Trees help a town to breathe. They temper summer heat, soften the hard outlines of manmade structures and with their constantly changing character, they bring a natural dynamic into the landscape.

    People who dislike trees need psychiatric help - or should move into a tower block in a city centre. But oh, no! I've just remembered that that won't do for them anymore, since even local authorities and urban planners are campaigning to INCREASE tree planting all over Britain's urban landscapes, and good luck to them.

    Lovely post! Great Pictures - we look forward to loads more in the coming year.

    BTW - our wildlife treat, over the cold spell has been a kingfisher, seen regularly on our nearest fen dyke.

  2. Welcome to blogging! I expect you have already been warned that it can be addictive?

    The street in the snow does look very lovely and, if asked to chose between a car and a tree, the car would have to work very hard in its own defence.

    I'm puzzled by the council's promise to plant new trees. I hope they last longer than most little trees planted publicly in urban areas. A lot of them are quickly broken.

    What's wrong with the trees which are already there that they have to be felled?


    P.S. Came vie Silvertreedaze

  3. Your brother lured me over :)

    Looks like I need to send the Devizes Guardians down your way. They were formed a few years ago when the local council threatened to fell the lovely mature trees in the market square.

    That event led to a complete change in party politics at the town council level as the Devizes Guardians now hold every single seat on the council and the regular political parties don't get a look in.

    Here's hoping similar champions are found for your trees in Faversham.

    Oh and welcome to blogland!