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Today [livejournal.com profile] scarfell and I decided to take an afternoon walk in the grounds of Dunham Massey. I was already in the area, having met my grandparents for lunch and we really felt that despite the greyness we ought to shift our lazy, slothlike backsides and do some token exercise.

It was actually a good walk once we got away from the 10,000 children on scooters, bikes etc. We saw some deer very close to and a lot of very old trees, some of which are now looking as if they are coming to the end of their lives. The majority of the beeches at Dunham are all a few hundred years old and it shows - big scars where branches have torn off and lots of fallen trees. All of the fallen trees have been left to rot down naturally and it looks quite eerie. Like tree skeletons. I wish I'd taken the camera.

Seeing the trees triggered a memory of a book I picked up second hand when I was around 10 or 11. All I remembered about it was that it followed the life of an oak tree from Norman times until the Second World War. It was one of those memories that persisted so I Googled "Lord of the Forest" when I got in, found a copy on Abebooks and ordered it. Just like that. I shouldn't be surprised that you can go from thought to purchase in a matter of a few minutes - but I am! I hope it lives up to memory.

Date: 2009-02-17 01:07 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] anejo.livejournal.com
By BB. I could have lent you my copy... *g*

Date: 2009-02-17 04:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] halva.livejournal.com
Yes, I did not realise that he was the same bloke who wrote Little Grey Men.

Should have known you'd have a copy!

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