When we moved into our house 18 years ago, we were heartened to find that someone, many years before, had planted trees. There was oak, beech, holly, spruce and hawthorn, although I suspect the birds planted the latter. There was also a yew tree. Still is. In fact they are all still there except the spruce, which had the misfortune to be planted next to the electricity cables.
When I was a child, I used to disappear into the woods for hours with a group of friends. There was a small cluster of yew trees that we’d head to every time. The branches of these trees were perfect for climbing and hanging out in. It was our club house. We thought it was our secret place. As children do.
To find a yew tree in our new garden, seemed like a good sign of times to come. Brought back those lovely, carefree memories. I haven’t climbed our yew tree. My children do. I have a bench underneath it where I can sit and see most of the garden. Making it a good place to just hang out.
An aside: One of my favourite jokes, which make the children groan each time I say it.
Q. Why do you find yew trees growing outside churches?
A. Because they can’t grow inside.
And on that note…linking up for #AlphabetPhoto with my Y is yew tree.