Weedon’s Wanderings: 5th November 2018

Bindweed

WHICH WAY TO TURN?

When I’m not otherwise occupied, I’m busy digging out our flower borders and extricating the plants from a choking mesh of bindweed. It throttled our floral display this summer, so I decided desperate action was necessary. I’ve filled several garden bins with the thick white ropey roots so far. All the displaced plants will have to over-winter in pots until I’m sure I’ve got all the little blighters out. So you can imagine I have no kind feelings towards convolvulus major or minor. Or at least, not until Tony suggested I listen to a particular Flanders and Swann song...

I was weaned on that fabulous comic duo, interspersed with The Goon Show.  Yet strangely enough, although their lyrics had me laughing hysterically they could also reduce me to childish tears with their pathos. I always shed a tear when I hear ‘The Slow Train’, remembering my ride on the last run of The Marlow Donkey. And now Tony has introduced me to another tear-jerker with a smile. ‘The Misalliance’ sums up so much that is wrong with the world today, whilst tickling one’s funny bone. And I feel comic song can often be the best and most powerful way of putting across big truths that one might otherwise ignore. What do you think?

Right, back to the garden...