As I prepare to leave Gladstone's Library in North Wales at the end of a two-week writer-in-residence programme, the wind is once again getting up. We had gusts of 108mph on Wednesday night, throwing much of the rail network into subsequent confusion, and now another storm is coming in. I hope I can get home.
Wind is what makes trees grow strong: it makes their wood denser,
shaping them as they grow. And they are designed to shed branches; it's
part of their natural growth pattern, one way in which they adapt to