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Trees365 151:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

A tree in the amusingly named 'Gorge du Brian'. Not exactly the sort of name you expect for a French gorge but ...

A spectacular gorge with the village of Minerve on a rock in the middle of it.

Beautiful visit today - and unforgettable thanks to a French workman at roadworks on the way to the village deciding to 'relieve himself' right in front of us as we waited for the lights to change. As my eight year old shouted 'I can see his bits!'


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Trees365 150:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Un arbre près de la cathedrale de Narbonne.

Lovely tall tree standing in the gardens next to Narbonne Cathedral.

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Trees365 149:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Linking my week in Barcelona with my holiday in the south of France...a poppy.

Taken in the 'horta' at Els Pins, this 'amapola' is the flower after which our gite 'coquelicot' is named.

Not quite a tree but apposite!

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Trees365 148:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

This tree is courtesy of my friend, Viv who sent it to me with the following note -
'A hawthorn tree in full bloom near Oversley in Warwickshire.'

As I'm in Hawthorn house at WCPS, this is most appropriate.

Thanks Viv!

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Trees365 147:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Today's tree is, actually, merely there as a measure of how high that human tower went!

Els Castellers de Vilafranca are champions four times over and are hoping to win their fifth title soon. They hold many records and I was fortunate enough to visit their training today and actually join in the practice!


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Trees365 146:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

A virtual tree at Barrufet school in the Sants district of Barcelona.

The school is in a factory so it's rather unusual. And it's full of beautiful artwork like this!

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Trees365 145:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Trees by a peaceful fountain in the centre of Barcelona. Near to the Roman pillars in a house and also to the Ajuntament which we visited afterwards.

So tranquil!

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Trees365 144:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Incredibly tall Barcelona trees today.

These are in Parc Guell in Barcelona, the municipal park designed by Gaudí.

A magical place with amazing trees!

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Trees365 143:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Barcelona trees part one.

What a beautiful city - and so full of green trees.

Here are some of many!

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Trees365 142:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Part two of my sunshine experiment.

More lying on the mossy grass and looking upwards.

Good to get a new perspective on life.

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Trees365 141:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

This is the first of two experiments in capturing the summer sun through the trees.

this was taken lying on my back on the grass. Not bad!

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Trees365 140:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

I am so terribly behind with my trees! I've been taking lots of pictures but just not had time to post them on the blog.

This isn't actually a tree but Jude was so proud of himself I had to post it.

He was off school today poorly and, when sent outside for a breath of air, come back triumphantly with a four leaf clover. Very impressive!

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Trees365 139:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Another guest tree, this time from France!

My friend Jean-Gabriel took this in Mende, Lozere in the south of France. I had an appointment to video conference with there today. Sadly technology let us down but I did get to talk to J-G via mobile and see and hear him via Skype although they couldn't hear me!
And I did record a video message for such an eventuality!

Never mind!

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Today's tree is courtesy of David Rogers, and formed part of his own 365 challenge!

I love the way that people know I'm doing a tree blog and send me photographs or point out when they've posted a photo I might like!

Thanks David - and all the other 'guest tree-ers'.

Keep them coming!

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Trees365 137:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

I was reminded of the need to take a photograph of this tree on a course the other day.

When showing the school wikispace, a delegate was heard to comment - 'why is there a red chair in front of your school?' The original version of the picture does indeed have a red chair in front of the school sign and it does look rather odd. At the time I was in a rush and posted it as was, meaning to retake the photograph the following day.

Except I never did.

Well, not until now!

So, for Molly at ATI, here's the photo sans chaise!

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Trees365 136:35, originally uploaded by lisibo.

This afternoon I went for a bicycle ride with Jude through the Newhall Country Valley park. Not as long as the one a couple of weeks ago, but a decent jaunt, accompanied by cries of 'oh my bottom!' for about 45% of the journey (and not from me!)

I took this photograph as Jude cycled off ahead of me - it's safer to have him in front so you can see where he is despite his tendency to weave across the path!

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Today we have a number of photos rather than one.

I've been playing with Comic Life using 'old' photographs from the Country Valley Park. I then put them into iMovie and made the mini movie above. Hope you like it!

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Trees365 134:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Apple blossom.

This year should be a good year for our apple tree - it has an 'off' year when it doesn't produce much fruit and then a 'good' year when it is covered in apples. So this year should see lots of Devon Apple Cake, crumble and chutney :o)

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Trees365 133:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Here's another tree I can see from the trampoline - in the garden on the other side.

I like this one as it has white bark and floaty leaves

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Trees365 132:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

A very tall tree I can see from the end of the garden.

I've spent quite a bit of time looking at it recently thanks to the arrival of the trampoline!

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Trees365 131:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Second tree of my Stockley Park adventure - this time taken at the Crowne Plaza where I was staying.

Nearly got run over by a taxi taking this!

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Trees365 131:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

I'm at the Apple offices in Stockley Park training today.

So this is a fine Stockley Park tree. Not sure it's an apple though....?

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Trees365 129:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

More beautiful blossom in my garden today.

A shame you can't smell it!

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Trees365 128:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Beautiful acer trees today.

I love the colour of the red-purple acer - it's so rich and almost autumnal - yet it's spring!

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Trees365 127:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

This tree is at the end of the new Sustrans path and cycleway from Wylde Green Road to Penns Lane. i actually took it on Monday but ran past it today so it's my tree of the day!

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Trees365 126:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

This is one of my favourite photographs, taken on the same day as yesterday's 'tree from the past'.

It reminds me of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet going for a walk with Christopher Robin. It's actually my husband and two boys.

They're very special.

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Trees365 125:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

A favourite tree picture today rather than one taken today.

This was taken two years ago on Redhill Common around Christmas time. It was a beautiful day and this is one of the most remarkable trees I've ever seen. According to my husband, a Redhill boy, it's always been like that with a very long trunk and little 'topknot'! As to the 'spike' tree, he thinks that used to be taller but the top fell off!

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Trees365 124:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Another pretty blossom tree.

I've walked past this tree for years and years! It's near my family home and I used to walk past it every morning with my Mum and sister on the way to school.

Love the way trees don't change much!

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Trees365 123:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Bank Holiday Monday and the sun was shining this morning as husband, youngest and I went for a ride on our bicycles.

Although it's not officially opened for another few weeks, we tried out the new cycle/walking path between New Hall Country Valley and Penns Hall. The new bit could do with some rolling as the gravel is very loose and caused a skid or two, but it's mostly flat and very pleasant.

On the way back we took the Penns Lane, Orphanage Road, Brooks Road, Kempson Avenue, Wylde Green Road, East View Road, Coles Lane route - and were hit by a hail storm in the latter stages.

However, on Brooks Road, I came across this tree that had caught my eye the other day as it is half green and half pink. Unusual!

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Trees365 122:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Pink blossom today.

I took lots of pictures from the car today on the way back from toboganning at the Snowdome. Sorry about the quality - my hands were still somewhat frozen from being in sub zero conditions taking pictures of husband and youngest hurtling down the slopes!

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Trees365 121:365, originally uploaded by lisibo.

Happy May Day!

Today's tree has featured previously on Trees365 - on 6th January to be precise! Last time it had no leaves and was covered in snow!

It's now a lovely russet red colour - so good to see some colour appearing on trees!