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The Big Guy Survives Storm Ali
As I drove home in the aftermath of Storm Ali ten days ago, avoiding branches and the occasional traffic cone, I could see the council had been busy making safe the fallen trees at the sides of the roads. With the trees still in full leaf and acting like huge sails, I knew this unseasonably early storm would have big consequences for some poor trees and my thoughts turned to our beautiful Common Lime tree. Affectionately known to us as ‘The Big Guy’, he dominates our tiny garden and features on
Astrid Aspidistra has Sunburn
It’s a new term at college and time for Astrid Aspidistra and her friends to return to the classroom where she normally lives. Like any class pet, she and others came home with me for the summer holidays. At the end of the last term, I packed all the classroom plants into the back of my car so I could look after them during the summer break. And so it was, on the hottest recorded day ever in Scotland, I took them out of the car, sat them on the wall in front of my house and promptly forgot about

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