Saturday, December 29


this wonderful old oak tree has stood for very many years
in the parkland outside our house,
but the exceptional rainfall and strong winds
this year are gradually felling it "au naturel"
when I come home at dusk the rooks are roosting in its
finger-like branches before nesting for the night,
 creating quite a surreal scene-
 backlit by grey skies and a hint of moonlight its like
something from Edgar Allan Poe!
The wood inside is quite dead and the tree has only been allowed to stand
in its decaying state, as a haven for wildlife, because its far away from
any area where the general public might stray

Nature looks after her own, but its nevertheless a sad sight
to see such a grand monument of the English countryside
gradually crumble back to the earth
I didn't hear it crash to the ground- there's an old saying that
trees don't make a sound unless there's someone to listen

beautiful textures of weathered old bark against the fresh wound
and beautiful patterns as the water cascades down the trunk

I suspect this weighty branch will be the next "casualty" to fall
hopefully it'll stand for another few days and achieve another notch-
I know rings appear in the wood so you can calculate age,
and had a funny thought that perhaps they magically appear
 at the stroke of midnight like an automatic calendar change?!


The Vintage Knitter said...

What a beautiful old tree and such a shame to see it partially fallen. I hope that the fallen limb is allowed to stay in place because its an ideal habitat for beetles and other invertebrates.

The Vintage Gardener said...

If only it could talk.

Donna -Little Tiny Stitches said...

I'd like to think you're right about the automatic calendar change as it's a lovely thought. :)

Have a fantastic happy and healthy New Year lovely lady :)

sending you big hugs. xxOO

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It's time for nature to take over now, it will provide for all those little creatures! That's life, so they say! :) x

Sue said...

How sad to see, but somehow so much more 'right' than the angry whine of the chainsaw that cuts far too many a good tree down in it's prime.

That nature is allowed to claim back what she gave in the time she needs is so right.

Sue xx

Pearly Queen said...

Such a shame, but maybe a woodcarver can do something with the wood?

It's not going to have any more rings now, as they are made every year while the tree is living, but it would be interesting to know how many it has now...


Andi's English Attic said...

I like the bit about the rooks. We had a tree in our garden that an owl used to sit in which I was sad to see go. xx

Liz said...

These old trees are so amazing. Nature is a wonderful thing.
Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

Its hard to say goodbye to an old friend but Nature has a plan in her cycle of life.
Wishing you a wonderful 2013...
Susan x

nilly said...

A lovely thoughtful post - rather philosophical that bit about trees not making a sound unless there's someone to listen. Bunny's branch - a bit like Shrodinger's cat!

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...

Talking about rooks.....I wonder if our age can be calculated by crows feet......I hope not as that would make me 97!!
Lovely post Elaine.
T x

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

Just catching up here ... I'm ridiculously behind with my blog reading.

Poor tree (although it will still provide the perfect habitat for many living things) ... but the sold bears gave me a bigger pang ... clearly I could never engage in your line of work ... well not unless I kept every teddy bear anyway!

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

OoOH no!
Is that in Kingston lacey?
How sad, but how beautiful too...
I am in Florida at mo...its like getting news from a friend at home to read this...!
daisy x

sandiart said...

I wonder too! Lovely old tree, it will have seen a lot of change over the years. Wishing you a wonderful New Year xx Sandi

menopausalmusing said...

I happened to be in our garden a few years ago when I heard a noise a couple of times, a bit like a gun going off. I walked down the garden and a huge branch fell down from the oak that overhangs into our patch. You never quite know when a tree is going to "go"....

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