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Try your best to winter well and you may reap the rewards for a long time to come

Kathy Donaghy


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Stock image. Photo: Konstantin Sutyagin

Stock image. Photo: Konstantin Sutyagin

Stock image. Photo: Konstantin Sutyagin

There’s a saying doing the rounds on social media that the leaves are showing us how wonderful it is to let go. Accompanied by glorious images of the fall, it’s a comforting thought that’s hard to hold on to as the icy hand of winter tightens its grip.

The woods are dark these mornings as I trudge through in my daily ritual of watching the first light appear through the bare branches. The heady birdsong of spring and summer is gone. A damp quietness hangs all round. The earth smells pungent with decay. I miss the canopy of leaves overhead. The last big wind took what remained of the leaves on the sycamores and the oaks. The birch and alder are shorn too the forest floor is thick with rotting leaves.


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