The best thing about the street I live in, as well as many wonderful neighbours, are the plane trees that line both sides of the road. They are planted in the road so they can make parking a bit awkward but they are always changing and beautiful, and they bring birds to the neighbourhood which is always a good thing.
In Autumn, for the last few years, someone in the street has organised a ‘Leafathon’ when people get together on a pre-arranged day to sweep up and bag all the fallen leaves (there are a lot of them!) for compost. Andrew, my other half, is more enthusiastic about this work than me. I tend to contribute by making him a cup of tea when the leaf-collecting is done.
We love our street. It’s well-located, near to schools and the railway station, which meant that our children could be independent travellers from a young age. It’s a short walk into our town centre and near to a corner shop.
I was looking on my phone for some photos and found one of our road in the snow. The trees are severely pruned each year in spring, and come into full leaf in the summer. In this picture, you can see how column-like they are.
Amazingly, I found some images of our road by researching on the internet. These are from the Trowbridge Civic Society and date back to perhaps the 1920s or 1930s – or perhaps earlier.
One thing is for sure, we’re all spending a lot of time in our house and walking around the local streets at the moment, during lockdown. It’s just as well I like it here!