I promised dramatic developments in the continuing story of the stump and – as you will see – this was no idle boast. You may remember that – a few months ago – I noted the arrival of a sort of official alternative to our feral stump, in the shape of a young sapling (a beech, possibly), planted a few feet away.
And now – someone has removed the support from the sapling, cut it in half and tried to dig it up! Like so –
Although it is perfectly true that I expressed misgivings about the effect that the sapling might have on our stump, I can in no way condone acts of mindless vandalism. In fact it is a great pity that the actions of a small number of violent hooligans, hell-bent on trouble, have diverted attention from the much larger group of law abiding citizens making a legitimate and peaceful protest … (continued all newspapers p. 94). Anarchists, probably – they seem to get everywhere.
The stump does seem to have taken advantage of the situation, and is beginning to bud a little –
Meanwhile, back in the Belly of the Beast, our magpie’s nest is now a robust and sizeable structure (the remains of the old nest are visible towards the lower left hand side of the tree, with a magpie in it) –
They now seem to be at the stage of lining the nest with mud – I did try to snap one with a great clod in its beak, but it seemed to find this undignified and flew away.
I fancy we shall soon be hearing the beating of tiny wings.