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Nature is wonderful. I have an old oak tree overhanging my garden and it has a tree preservation order on it.

I thought of this verse whilst walking in the Nidd Gorge in North Yorkshire where there are many mature trees. How many people when the years have taken their toll will be looked on with awe and as things of beauty?

Ravaged By Time

19941540_coverby Jean Aked13 Jan 2015

Ravaged by time the tree in splendour stands,
Old and gnarled yet still a thing of beauty.
Oh that when age holds out unwelcome hands
To me, I too with wonder will be seen!