On Friday the blue tit on the nestbox camera was still sitting on her 9 eggs. A
second bird, presumably the male, though they look just the same to me, flew in for
just a few seconds but didn’t take over incubation.
THIS MORNING, I drew trees from MacDonald’s on the Cathedral Retail Park and from
a neat little sofa in the small conservatory overlooking the leafy grounds of Wakefield
Hospice. The Hospice used a Breathing Spaces lottery grant to improve their Woodland
Path (there’s an attractive video about it on the BBC Breathing Spaces website).
It looks perfect today.
The sculptural tree in the centre of the sensory garden reminds me of The Singing
Ringing in the strange European fairy tale series of that name, shown many years
ago on children’s BBC. Thanks to the bad behaviour of spoilt princess and the cunning
of a magical dwarf (who I remember as wearing a gold Lurex jumpsuit), the Singing
Ringing Tree loses its magic. The sculptural tree was designed, like the Woodland
Walk, for community participation, so it’s spreading branches are set at a comfortable
height for people to hang copper leaves on.
The problem with this arrangement for a taller than average person like myself is
that the sharp points of the hanging sycamore-shaped leaves are exactly on eye-level,
so it’s potentially dangerous for any taller, partially sighted visitor who might
appreciate the sensory garden around it, planted out with tactile, fragrant plants
such as herbs and lavender.
Perhaps that cunning dwarf from The Singing Ringing Tree had a hand in its design!
“You are surrounded by nature and you realise that it's good to be alive. It gives
you a chance to appreciate that it's not the end of everything, life goes on and
while it does you might as well enjoy it.”
George Broadhead, Hospice patient, speaking on the BBC Breathing Spaces Video
Hopefully the donation to the Rainforest Alliance included in the price of my coffee
at MacDonald’s will help save a forest somewhere!
The Singing Ringing Tree: Listen to the story of how a 1960s BBC TV series, bought
from East Germany and complete with a Communist princess and the world’s weirdest
fish, ended up terrifying and obsessing a generation of British children.