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We have no time to stand and stare

Posted 25th September 2014 at 20:05 by indigo777


[B][I]What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.
No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.[/I][/B]

I love old trees; they have a character and personality all of their own. Many of the oldest have been through centuries of British history. Who knows how many people in different generations sat beneath them dreaming of the future or mulling over problems on long gone summer days? This is perhaps my favourite tree. I used to climb up and sit in the large branch on the left as a boy. That was many years ago now. It***8217;s completely hollow inside and slowly dying (tries not to make obvious comparison!) Old oaks die very slowly, still managing to sprout new leaves almost until the end when they are withered and falling to pieces. Henry VIII was still to be born when some of the trees here were young saplings. When Lady Jane Grey whose family owned the land was executed by beheading after only 9 days as Queen by Bloody Mary in 1554 it is rumoured that many of the trees here were beheaded as well and they still survive although somewhat misshapen as a reminder of their history. I still use this tree quite often.Its great to sit under in the shade on the right and its knobbly trunk makes an excellent seat to eat biscuits, watch the deer and contemplate life, trying not to worry too much The whole of the Leicester city skyline is before you in the distance. I wish I had done far more sitting and appreciating things in the past.

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