The Woods (and my 500th post!)

Yes, 500th! Phew!

Last Sunday I went to look for some wild garlic and to inspect this tree in the woods next to our garden – fortunately just far enough away from the house if it comes down…. We’ve watched (and heard) woodpeckers tapping away at it, and wonder what the cause of its demise was. The dreaded bark beetle (Borkenkäfer)?

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In any case, I was drawn further into the woods when I saw all the vinca growing there – a blue-green carpet of loveliness!

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With filtered sunlight it looks so at home – much prettier than the garden varieties I think.

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Then I struggled through lots of dead wood and sprouting bushes to find these…

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and these…

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and these – my favourites!

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Click on any picture below for a closer look.