My favourite tree

Is it OK to have a favourite tree? I’m not sure but I certainly do. It’s a fig that I rescued – sort of. The fig was growing in a big old coral tree that is slowly dying near the cubby house. The fig would survive that but would never be allowed to grow so close to the house. So one day I climbed a ladder and just ripped it out- it was about 30cm tall. About the same time, I had a large privet chainsawed to death and dumped in a big heap down the paddock. The fig was just dropped on top. Over the last 4 years, the privet has rotted and the fig has grown to about 3 meters. It’s very satisfying to see the fig survive and thrive. But the best bit is that the fig will eventually grow to about 50 meters. You and I won’t be around but plenty of humans and animals should be really happy to see it. Anyway, I love all my trees but this one is special.

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