In January of 2011, I joined in the Tree Year Project by Dreamfalcon and decided to watch a tree that ended up with the name of Harzel ~ here’s a newspaper clipping that explains how the tree’s name evolved.
In a recent comment Midmarsh John asked me how Harzel was doing. I realized that I had not been for a walk in that direction for a long time.
The photo in my blog header is Harzel’s view from the top of a steep path that leads down to some wooden steps to access the waterfront. Harzel stood just outside a fenced property, and it seemed to be pruned regularly, possibly to control its wending ways.
This afternoon I have spent time going through old photos and postings. I realize that Harzel made quite an impact, encouraging me to go for walks and bringing me much enjoyment:
Today on my way home from ‘where the river meets the sea’, I thought I would drop by and check on Harzel. I was too late.
The view was sombre.
...but for a year, I shared the view with Harzel, the tree with a heart. The pruner will never know the impact that little tree had on my life and those who share my blog. Its roots remain.