Posted on April 4, 2021
The numerous small blossoms of the blackthorn shrubs are flowering in profusion – clouds of soft, hazy white adorn many of the hedgerows around Charlton Down. They belie the spikiness of the twigs which bear them, and, come the autumn, will have produced the dusty dark blue fruits known as sloes that people sometimes flavour gin with.
Posted on April 3, 2021
It’s that time of year again. The weather is warming up and spring flowers are evident in the grounds around Greenwood House and the wilder parts of the village. The first isolated clumps of bluebells have flowered. I think most of these are hybrids with the Spanish garden variety. There are quite a few pink or white ones among the pale blue. The native truly wild ones are forming layers of glossy leaves among the clumps of trees in various places but the flower buds are not yet visible.
Posted on April 2, 2021
Greenwood House in Charlton Down, Dorset, is unique. I have lived a quiet and inauspicious life here for 20 years and I love being here. I enjoy learning about the natural world and I am often out and about with my camera to record what I see and the way everything changes. I am curious about the history of the building, the village, and the surrounding areas. I like to know what’s going on. So I thought I would write this GREENWOOD blog – a sort of diary – to share my enthusiasm for living here by posting lots of photographs – together with snippets of information about all sorts of things that might interest other residents.
So a big “WELCOME” to GREENWOOD. If you are a fellow resident, and you would like to contribute something to this light-hearted newsletter, please just get in touch. I’d love to hear from you.