6 December 2011

Air miles

I visited the orchard at Martin's Meadows the other day. As I walked amongst the apples and hazels the leaves were gently falling, carried on a light breeze. One of the leaves that fell by my feet had carried a passenger to the ground - a ladybird tucked beside the leaf's midrib. At this time of year I imagine the ladybird had chosen the leaf as a hibernation place, so I carefully placed the leaf at the base of the hazel coppice, ladybird side down in the hopes of providing the winter shelter it had sought.

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