Reader, I bought it! The bird box that I coveted last week but left behind, was still there when we returned to buy a tree. It was the first thing into our trolley and now has a new home. We’ll have to wait and see if any birds choose to make it their home in due course.
In the garden of every house we have lived in from our very first one in 1971 (just for interest, a 1930s semi, bought for £3,750) we have planted an Amanagowa Cherry tree, poplar shaped and very lovely with its delicate pink blossoms in April and beautifully rich russet leaves in Autumn. . We haven’t really had a place for one here but today, the lovely Mr S said he would dig up some lawn to make space so it’ll be in the ground soon and in blossom, we hope, before too long.