Wednesday afternoon: Brrr, it has been cold here recently. My computer tells me that it is 7c at the moment, but it has been -2 some days. I have been spending a lot of time in bed where it is nice and warm. Sorry I haven’t written anything for over a week, but I couldn’t think of anything interesting to write about as I have hardly left the house. Today I thought I ought to make the effort to say something just to get back into it, and it passes the time. I had my booster jab last Thursday. A friend drove me up to the surgery which saved a twenty-minute walk. Afterwards, because it was a nice sunny but cold afternoon, I suggested we go for a drive to Shearwater which is a lake quite near here on the edge of the Longleat estate.
I went for a brisk walk around the lake and enjoyed the fresh air and the exercise. It was good to get out. I took quite a few photos of the trees which are splendid at this time of the year. That evening I put a few photos on Facebook and a friend pointed out that one of the trees is a Redwood which is native to California. They also told me about a website called Redwood World where the redwood trees of Britain are registered. I had a look, and sure enough it turns out that Longleat Estate has the largest redwood plantation outside of America, planted in 1951, a sight to behold. I was also amazed to find that a tree that I have walked past hundreds of times in Westbury is a Sequoiadendron giganteum, a Giant Sequoia. It is just by the library, right in the middle of Westbury. I had admired that tree for years, but never knew what species it is. If you want to see if there are any redwood trees near you, then go here- http://www.redwoodworld.co.uk/locations.htm.
|Westbury Wiltshire, Giant Sequoia.|
I was glad I went out that day because the following day Storm Arwen battered Britain. It wasn’t too bad here, but some poor souls up north are still without power five days later. I ventured out to the supermarket on Sunday because I had run out of everything, and on the way there I took some photos of my Sequoiadendron giganteum. I noticed that a few small branches had broken off during Storm Arwen, but that won’t bother such a magnificent tree. Apart from that I haven’t done much. I finished reading The Giro Playboy which was good and funny in places, but not great. It did give me an idea though, that I could write about incidents in my own life and crazy people I have met. I might do that in the future when I am stuck for ideas. In the meantime I have bought a couple of books and a CD online which I will tell you about in the next few days hopefully. See you later.