Nice chestnuts…


I don’t miss much about England – quite fond of Heinz baked beans and the occassional can of Strongbow cider. Melton Mowbray pork pies – they’re quite good. But in general – nada.

Apart from the trees. You have such good trees in the UK. Great big, leafy, woody trees bursting out of the ground – thrusting up into the sky.

Oaks and horse chestnuts. Ashes, elders and yews. Fanbleedintastic.

Don’t get me wrong – they have trees in Portugal – but for the most part the hills have been scraped bare and replanted with pine and eucalyptus leaving just a few areas of natural cork oak and castanha. I love proper trees and I miss them. So next time you’re out for a stroll in the woods or a park, somewhere in sunny Inglaterra, just walk up to a tree, introduce yourself and give it a big hug from me, go on I dare you…

I didn’t surf today.


  1. Thinking about your post and I actually don’t miss much about the US. England has many of the big leafies that I know and love, so not much change there. I have been to Portugal and can imagine missing the lushness of this landscape. I’m gonna hug a tree today.

  2. Hey Jen – it’s an epidemic. Tell your friends. Tell your family. There’ll be people hugging trees all over the world within days…

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