Today I made a few studies of two young Ash trees, the youngest of the two in particular was absolutely stunning, the symmetry it exhibited was extremely striking, its small black buds were fresh and bold, the bark was a beautiful light colour (see above for colour diagram) and it was growing without any visible defects. Let’s hope that the spring does not bring any misfortune in terms of dieback spores.
I also taught my sister how to identify the Ash tree and explained how the trees are threatened by a dangerous airborne disease Chalara Fraxinea, she thought it was a terrible shame, we both agreed that trees are much more beautiful to look at than airborne asexual fungal organisms but then discussed the potential positive and negative effects it could have on the rest of the surrounding ecosystems.
Last week I accidentally changed from the old Tumblr theme it had taken ages for me to figure out and customise (html is not a language I am fluent in, similar to French in that I can only really order a coffee and other things I need to survive) to a horrible template, initially I was annoyed but then I ended up taking action and made it more like I had originally intended so it all worked out in the end, a blessing in disguise. Still maybe a few tweaks to make but I like it.