Last Updated on
A Birch Tree Sings
There was a time, in my early 20s when, like Richard Jefferies, I lived and worked in a town (near London). I had an upstairs flat in an old Victorian house. Outside, on the other side of the road, was a Birch tree ...
[...] I used to look now and then, from a window, in the evening at a birch-tree at some distance; its graceful boughs drooped across the glow of the sunset. The thought was not suspended; it lived in me always. [...]
The Story of my Heart Richard Jefferies
birch tree sunsets through my window
In the morning, cooking eggs and bacon, tea poured - dappled light flickering through the leaves; never still ...
morning cuppa johnny noddies on my wall
... my thoughts would often drift: the sweet fragrance of the fir deep in the woods - the soft caressing sound of the wind high in the trees - a sunlit birch tree, leaves dripping from a passing shower ...
summer rain a willow wren sings
Floral Dance (Reprise) from Dapple by Dan Haywood
The featured image is of Friend's Clump on the Ashdown Forest, from an original oil on canvas by Alison Berry (reproduced with permission). Alison painted it during the Summer a few years ago when she spent many days just painting the Forest.
Here is a link to her Web Site. She paints stunning pictures so do take a look ...Alison Berry
Alison is an artist running Art Classes in Hartfield and Coleman’s Hatch, East Sussex and creative workshops, called “Paint Like…..” events for small and sometimes very large groups.
Alison‘s art encourages “stepping outside”; she observes and takes part in the random everyday chaos along with everyone else, and makes work which involves viewing this experience from a distance, drawing out timeless themes and contradictions [...]
The recording in this post is used here under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license. This and many more can be found at - Xeno-Canto
Thanks to Colin Blundell, President of the British Haiku Society, whose suggestions helped my ‘birch trees’ haiku see the light of day. And whose recent piece on the BHS Facebook page on ‘Haiku as Anchors’, in part provided the inspiration for this post.
Ashdown Forest - Home of Heffalumps, Christoper Robin and Winnie the Pooh ...
Ashdown Forest is of significant ecological importance but is perhaps most famous as the setting for the Winnie-the-Pooh stories written by A.A.Milne who took his son, Christopher Robin, walking there. The artist E.H.Shepard drew on the landscapes of the Forest as inspiration for many of the illustrations he provided for the Pooh books.
In English folklore a Johnny Noddy is the dancing light reflected from a mirror or reflective object such as a watch face. A Johnny Noddy could also be the light you see reflected in a cup of tea.
Dan Haywood’s song is the closest I could get to a musical interpretation of a Willow Wren’s (Warbler) song. Short but sweet.