And watching the Scary One plant her pear trees in the drizzle for National Tree Week has sparked memories of where I’ve been out of my tree around the world.
Caribbean: The trees certainly caught the Portuguese mariners” eye when they landed in Barbados..
Not the golden beaches, interestingly (well they have their own) but their bearded Ficus citrifolia.
While we all visit the West Indies for its beaches we miss a lot if we ignore its heartland so you should go safari.
Where Dwayne will tear up the woodland in his Jeep and the bowed bearded trees will flick your face.
And sleep it off in your own treehouse in Castara Retreats in a hammock naturally.
Italy: And my favourite is this much-loved straight up and down tree… it’s very poplar.
My good friend and an Irish Travel Writer of the Year into the bargain, Muriel Bolger, wrote beautifully for me on their appeal, on a trip I sent her on to Northern Italy.
Which I checked out for myself in Bergamo this past Autumn.
I had, of course, familiarised myself with them when I went off-road on my Via Francigena pilgrimage.
Me and the chasing dogs.
Espana fir favor
Spain: And while the summer is when we all descend on Spain’s beaches here’s my ode to Autumn in Espana.
When nature is in a state of undress, and when she is at her most becoming.
The best way to discover a region is by foot and on my Camino in Galicia I trudged the same tracks the Medieval Peregrinos did.
I dare say that the tree growing out of this house was there then too.
The explorer to Tenerife, rather than the sun seeker, will head north, rather than south.
And the rainforest in the Northern Anaga Mountains. All of which you cam enjoy on your CanariaWays.com trip.
The Power of trees
Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow, Ireland: And when you live in the Garden County of Wicklow then trees are all around you.
The tallest one in Ireland is on the magnificent Powerscourt Estate, Enniskerry, near Bray, some 60m plus which is it the seventh highest in Europe.
And shiver me timbers
Celebrity Edge: And trees are the last thing you’d expect on a cruise ship.
But this is just one of the things which separates the $1bn Celebrity Cruises Edge from the other ships on the seas..
Edge which I boarded two years ago for its inaugural trip from Fort Lauderdale to tbe Bahamas boasts Eden, a forested wonder et land of plants.
But then every on Edge transports you to a different world.
MEET YOU UP A TREE