Fruits of exploration

Yesterday was yet another journey of discovery. I went for a second walk through St Aidan’s Nature Reserve, this time with a friend who had an ambition to climb a hill which she hadn’t wanted to tackle alone.

Before we got there, we saw a digger, left from the days when the reserve had been an open-cast mine. I think that more use could be made of it to show visitors the history of the region but perhaps there are plans that I don’t know about. Anyway, it is right next to the RSPB visitor centre, near the villages of Great and Little Preston.

After passing this, whilst walking along a path to get to the aforementioned hill (which is actually outside the reserve), we found a wild apple tree with exceedingly tasty apples. And I ventured to try a few haws, which perhaps not surprisingly taste a bit like apples themselves.

Not tasting of apples and not made of coal is some plastic liner I collected from the gardens at work. It was now surplus to requirements and will be ideal for lining my soon-to-be-built pond.

Of course, it is made from petroleum, so I’m pleased that it has been saved from landfill. And saved me a wad of money, too. But it is definitely a fruit of exploration which should help me transform the garden.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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6 Responses to Fruits of exploration

  1. I hope there are plans to make such use of the digger

  2. skyeent says:

    I tried some larger fruited haws on my recent trip to the west country and some taste even better than apples, and somewhere in between for size. Unfortunately I can’t remember which is which….

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