Fawzia Rahman, who took this picture, calls them â€˜vegetarian snakes.â€™ I think they are more like the sinuous natural curves that inspired art nouveau.
Fawzia, a guest on Randy Haleâ€™s painting course, took this picture on her afternoon walk along the millstream and riverside yesterday. The sinuous â€˜snakesâ€™ are, in fact, decayed tentacles of ivy snaking over logs from a dead fig tree which our gardener Flavio Terenzoni recently and reluctantly chopped down. It was sad to do so: the tree, which overhung the millstream and stretched into the walled garden, provided delicious fruit in season . There is nothing finer than a fresh ripe fig plucked straight from the tree. We shall plant more fig trees this autumn, although we will have to wait some time to enjoy their fruits.