OK, now is the time to show off (yes, I know I didn’t do anything). This is it. This is what I was hoping for, this is my minute of exaltation.

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I wish I knew how to take a proper photo, one that would actually show this tree’s incredible colours.

It doesn’t matter now that I am a grumpy bore and a bad mother (forever losing my temper for nothing). I am the lucky companion of this Japanese maple and it makes me very happy.

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(I am not even envious of the neighbour’s silver birch, with its green and yellow leaves and wonderful bark which calls the hand).

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