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I am co-director of the Leaping Word Poetry Consultancy, which provides advice for poets on writing, editing and publishing, as well as qualified counselling support for those exploring personal issues in their work - https://theleapingword.com. My fifth poetry collection, Learning Finity, is now available from Indigo Dreams or directly from me.

Monday, 1 February 2021

A winter wander around Ashton Court and Arnos Vale Cemetery

Apart from last week's bleak trip to Weston for a vaccination, we've been confined to Bristol. (No surprises there.) But there have been a few bright days, and a couple of them coincidied with rather less busy schedules and we were able to get out for a walk. So here's some photos of Ashton Court and Arnos Vale Cemetery, the former famed for its magnificent trees.

The Domesday Oak on the right

The dew pond and a view of Bristol

The Fattest Oak - 700 years old and a girth of 27 feet

Velvet shanks

Arnos Vale was the most crowded I'd ever seen it - and very noisy. Poor pup Cwtch was quite alarmed by all the barking dogs. I wonder what the residents make of lockdown.

My grandparents' grave being displaced by an ash tree ... 

... many of which are being felled as a result of ash dieback

Steep, stony and muddy

In the winter you can see the graves down in the vale, which disappear into shadow in summer. 

View of Bristol

Horse chestnut with bracket fungus

Raja Rammohun Roy's tomb lit by winter sun

The memorial to stillborn babies

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