Monday, August 15

thankyou Mighty Oak

Although this magnificent oak tree had remained standing
in the field near our house for some years,
he was alas quite dead
and became unstable due to a creeping fungus.

The sad decision was taken to fell before. . .
well before he fell

I couldn't bring myself to watch as he came down
but the noise was deafening as he crashed and broke
and his huge branches were swiftly dismembered with the chainsaw.

A prostrate tree is indeed a sorrowful sight

Walking over to pay my respects last night,
I was amazed to find embedded in his thick mossy bark
old white china and copper wire conductors
which brought the telephone line to our house
back in the 1950's!

How VERY modern our little home must've seemed back then
connected to the outside world for the first time
(we still have the original bell box in the hall-
it rings loud enough to waken the ghosts!)

The wires had quite a distance to travel
via their tree supports and were probably
quite vulnerable to high winds and storm damage.

Of course, the one good thing to come from
tree felling is a huge heap of Winter Warmth :0))

PS I wonder what our first phone number was?


Hesta Nesta said...

What a fascinating story! At least nothing of that lovely old oak will go to waste...sad to see an old tree felled but at least the logs will keep you warm in the winter. Have a great week.
Jo xx

polkadotpeticoat said...

what a wonderful story indeed I bet this was a sight to see....we don't have oak trees in Alaska and I love there fall colors!

sue15cat said...

A very useful tree both in life and death.

Sue xx

OhSoVintage said...

I still remember the first phone number we had, Etwall 580. That's about 50 years ago; how do I remember that? Very sad to see the tree felled. Can you do anything with the white china thingies? On a walk yesterday we saw a yew tree in a churchyard and it was over 1000 years old. Forgot my camera!

Donna ~ Little Tiny Stitches said...

What a brilliant story! have you got the cups out?
I still remember our first phone number..677 -goodness, fancy just having 3 digits- those were the days lol :o)

Have a lovely week Elaine, and take care,
Love Donna xx

Vintage Jane said...

Like you say, at least you will have a good supply of fuel and oak gives a lovely long, slow, hot burn. Poor old tree though! M x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

A very sad end but what a fascinating read. Am going to show DH this as he still is a part time telephone engineer and loves to see the old equipment! He is currently searching for a bright red telephone with original dial for my sewing room, he says he thinks he has one 'somewhere'. Glad the old oak will continue to be enjoyed through the winter! Better safe than sorry though.

Rose H (UK) said...

Sad that it died but it still has more to give. I'd certainly 'rescue'the wire conductors, facinating!

Edward said...

Poor old tree, but I guess it was already dead so it’s not so bad right, still a shame to lose something like that, very interesting to see the wire conductors in the trunk like that.

Menopausalmusing said...

I love it when trees grow "over" things. I know a graveyard where the gravestones are all higgledy piggledy because of tree roots (its a stunningly wonderful overgrown place) and one of the gravestones has tilted into a tree and the tree is growing over it slightly .......... Always to have a tree felled, but good to know the wood will be used.

YONKS said...

It is probably the copper that killed it. A good way to kill trees over time is to drive copper nails into them.

You now have some good winter firewood though. When life throws you lemons, make lemonade, or in this case, if your tree dies, burn it!
Have a great week

Fran said...

Know what you mean about felled trees. They're so regal.

Favourite Vintage Finds said...

Interesting to see the embedded china and copper wire conductors. Dear old tree. xo

BusyLizzie said...

just catching up with your 3 most recent blog posts.. as always loads to make me smile! Lizzie xxx

sarah-jane down the lane said...

I love oak trees, I would be heart broken to see either of our ancient beasts felled, I had a lump just thinking about yours! Amazing about the telephone paraphernalia nestled there!
Thank you so much for very kind comments over at mine, It's lovely to meet you,

Sarah x

Rose H (UK) said...

Dear Bunny, thank you for your concern about Charlie Hedgehog. Sadly he didn't make it despite best attemps :o(
Rose H

Sylvia said...

I couldn't figure out what they were at first, it's amazing how they are embedded in the bark ...
We had a few sunny days, now thunderstorms and rain again, but it will be better in the weekend.
Nice evening, Elaine !

autumnmiss said...

Hi, found your blog via a comment on someones elses (sorry cant recall who, have read so many today)
Its a shame about the tree but what a fascinating story it would have to tell
Gill x

Pomona said...

The first phone no was probably the last three figures of the current one! I remember our childhood one which started as just a village name and 3 digits - and it just got longer and longer, although my father still continued to answer the phone by saying those original 3!

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