Saturday, 24 November 2012

'Why The Ash Has Black Buds'



It's just over a year ago since I wrote a blog post in which I mentioned a book entitled 'Why Willows Weep And Other Stories'. Little did I know then, that the willow on the edge of our garden would meet with misfortune during wild and windy January storms, nor that the ash at the back would now be potentially facing a worst fate. Luckily the willow damage though severe and unsightly did not kill the tree, but with the ash I can only wait with apprehension to see what happens.

Listening to the mesmeric story of 'Why The Ash Has Black Buds' here on BBC Radio 4 was initially responsible for me purchasing festive copies of 'Why Willows Weep' for myself and for a friend last year. The book proved to be a delightful read. It is an anthology of 'contemporary tales from the woods' and contributors include a number of well known authors including Joanne Harris, Philippa Gregory, Richard Mabey, Kate Mosse and Sally Vickers. Every book sold enables the planting of five native trees by the Woodland Trust, an oganisation which is at the forefront of tree conservation in the UK. There is also a Kindle edition.

This little volume would make a most timely Christmas present for tree or nature loving family and friends. Also recently 'Why the Ash Tree Has Black Buds' has recently been included in the Kindle catalogue as a stand alone tale for the bargain price of £1.59. Do listen to the story first as I'm sure that you will then definitely want to read it and reread it. The author William Fiennes's words are pure magic. Just make sure that you have a hankie or box of tissues at hand.

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    1. Hope that somebody grants your wish Helen :)

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  2. Sounds like another one for my book collection, especially as I have willows and ash, thank you!!

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    1. Pauline I do hope that this little volume makes its way into your collection soon.

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  3. Another one to watch out for. I love 'proper' books, I'm not one for technology, but the bargain books you can get for the Kindle makes it quite attractive.

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    1. I still love my books Jo but the Kindle has been a life saver for me when away from home and wanting reading at my fingertips :) Surprisingly the Kindle versions are not always the cheapest option but having said that there are some excellent bargains available.

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  4. Sounds like a lovely book. Fingers crossed for your ash tree.

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    1. Oh thank you for the good vibes Janet which are much appreciated.

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  5. Sounds like a lovely book I would want to get for myself. But I also know someone who would like this. One Christmas gift sorted!

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  6. This sounds lovely Anna. Thanks for the review - this is on my amazon list already!

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    1. Hope that the book wings its way to you soon Cathy.

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  7. Sounds like a great book. Have you read Roger Deakin's Wild Wood. If you love trees I would recommend it.

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    1. Many thanks for the recommendation WW - I bought a second hand copy of 'Wild Wood' a while ago - just waiting for the chance to read it.

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Namasté

- Anna.