Personal Story: Taking refuge in the treetops

In my imagination, the tree is my friend. It’s glad when I climb it, and enjoys my company.

Eight years old and I’m up an apple tree, surrounded by spring blossom, serenaded by bees. There are three apple trees in the garden of our house, all huge and crabbed and ancient: the last survivors, quite possibly, of a long-gone orchard. All are cookers; each autumn we pick the hard green fruit with a long pole before they fall and store them in racks in the shed. Still they drop and rot on the grass, hollowed out and crawling with wasps.

But for now it is spring, and I am...
source: New Statesman

2019-06-12 20:26
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