The Photo Gallery 220: Black and White


“The best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago. The second best time is now.”

I’ve walked down this path so many times over the years. Before children, with husband, with children, with dog.
And every single time I walk down there I see something new.
Sometimes when you strip back all the colour you see another layer too.

I have a tree in my garden which is one of my most prized possessions.
It’s bark is white, actually white. Every year at the end of the summer my mum takes us into the garden and demands we scrub that tree’s bark and branches to help it on its way as it sheds another layer of ‘old’ bark to reveal its white underbelly.
She bought that tree as a moving in present nearly 14 years ago.
And every year we moan and roll our eyes and say “oh nana”. But we stand on stools and step ladders with brushes and buckets of water and tend to that tree like it’s an ageing relative.

But every single time I’m in the garden and I look at that tree it reminds me of my mum standing tall and strong and protecting us all.

This post is for week 220 of The Photo Gallery: The theme is: Black and White.

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8 Responses to The Photo Gallery 220: Black and White

  1. lauracymft says:

    That’s lovely! I love going through the forest near us. You really do find something new every time.
    lauracymft recently posted…Black and White #TheGalleryMy Profile

  2. Gorgeous photo and love the story of your mum and the white tree 🙂
    Sarah MumofThree World recently posted…The Gallery: Black and WhiteMy Profile

  3. Libby Price says:

    We’ve got the same location for photos again!!

    And I now want to go and plant a tree today……… x
    Libby Price recently posted…Black and White – The Photo Gallery week 220My Profile

  4. Mummy Barrow says:

    There really is something about black and white trees isnt there? Almost magical. Great shot
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  5. What a lovely post and a beautiful memory. Great picture too.
    Outside The Click recently posted…The Gallery – Black and WhiteMy Profile

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  7. Jacq says:

    I love the idea of scrubbing down a tree. Photos please!
    Jacq recently posted…The Gallery: Black and WhiteMy Profile

  8. Sarah says:

    Oh wow, that story you tell in this post, about the tree your Mum asks you to ‘scrub’, is so precious! I look at trees in my garden with a fondness as though they are another limb or a relative – and miss them so much when away from them! Beautiful photo too and the ‘gallery’ of everyone’s contributions looks particularly stunning in black and white this week.
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