Our band of willow weavers returned for a weekend this month to take another harvest of young stems from the stumps that were cropped last year. The women in the photo are loading cut stems into a plastic barrel, and then bouncing the willow wands up and down to get them all to rest on the base of the barrel, when the task of teasing out stems that are too short or too long is far easier. After all the recent gloom, the workers were delighted to be out in dazzling sunshine