Cherry laurels are not, in my opinion, the loveliest of trees. They are nowhere near as attractive as the bay tree, Laurus nobilis, with its delicate, aromatic leaves and more modest habit. So I am pleased that they have cut down the cherry laurel on the corner of Mount Sion and Berkeley Road. It is still a pleasant surprise when you walk past, to see the sky and sense the light.
I feed the name of a neighbour into the memory of my mobile phone. The task complete, the screen reads simply and flatteringly: "Smith created".
"If you have two pennies, spend one on a loaf and one on a flower. The bread will give you life; the flower, a reason for living." Chinese proverb.