I realised that its beauty lies in its 'real' shape. Tree skeletons in reference books tend to be a little less true to life. Best observed in the absence of leaves, I set out to find more 'tree shapes' for reference, in the fields surrounding our home.
I was fascinted by the shapes and textures of this:
Its surprising how much can be hidden by leaves:
This second one made me grin - it has an adjacent 'pup-tent' or 'granny annex' just visible to the right of the main residence!
To finish - a selection of bursting buds - and catkins - both willow and hazel - time to get stitching!!!