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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:03

12 Feb 2008, 08:58

The trees are in bud, reminding us that Spring is on its way. The road system on the way to work has been changed this last year and there is a new, large, central island where about 20 young trees were planted at the end of 2007. Every day I look and wait in expectancy to see how they will develop, since I don't know what type of tree they are. They have coats of straw matting around their trunks to keep them warm and they look so cosy I could wish to go around and hug them all one by one.  very happy  
Trees have personalities, some are forbidding, others welcoming with their branches held out like motherly arms. I love the sound of the breeze rustling the leaves, the feel of the bark, the sound of birds singing with the joy of nesting and teaching their young to fly, the way the branches wave around in the wind as if dancing to its whistling eerie music, and the dappling of the sun wending its way through to warm the ground beneath.  very happy


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Post by Feather on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:04

12 Feb 2008, 10:58

Good morning, sammi. You have a wonderfully poetic turn of phrase-even when writing prose.
You have a beautiful and sensitive way with words. Many peeps wouldn't even notice the saplings.
I wonder if you've ever had anything published. You could be a writer. You have the ability,
depth of awareness and imagination to write novels.xxx.


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:05

12 Feb 2008, 12:16

Feather, I am Stardust and thank you for your very kind words.


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Post by Feather on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:06

12 Feb 2008, 13:50

Sorry. I've sent you a pm.  sadface


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:07

12 Feb 2008, 14:13

Thank you kindly, dear Feather, and bless your bonnie heart and your wee cotton socks.  very happy


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:08

12 Feb 2008, 15:08

Trees by Alfred Joyce Kilmer (1886-1918)

I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the sweet earth's flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day,
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.


Evocative, to say the least - I like it.


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Post by lynneandjohn on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:10

12 Feb 2008, 17:43

love anything nartural myself, feel instantly peaceful when i step into a park or such like.love the deep ruset leaves in autumn. you do speak so lovely stardust and i am not suprised to learn you are a writer. flowers i absolutely adore,the intracasy(not sure of spelling)of them is marvelous and the smell of honey suckle is wonderful.i love carnations as i never cease to find them amazing, there so full and pretty. the simple daffodil always seems to bow at us to welcome spring. love them all. lynne
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:12

12 Feb 2008, 18:50

Me a writer, Lynne - chance would be a fine thing - I'm just a wee ugly duckling, toiling away in an office every day.  lol
I bought some two tone mini carnations recently, half white and half crimson/purple, beautiful wee flowers they were.
Like you, I too adore the perfume of honeysuckle flowers, absolutely wonderful. Love daffodils too, hyacinths, ooh lots
and lots of lovely different flowers, even those growing wild in the fields.
In a local park which I walk through whenever I can, there is a bamboo garden and there are sweet little birds hiding
in there that break out in song and chatter away to one another whenever anyone is about (and probably when there's
nobody too). They are such happy little birds, and so tiny, I can't see them properly to look up what they are.
Nature brings us so many gifts, it's nice to know we appreciate it and try to give something back whenever possible.  very happy


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:13

12 Feb 2008, 19:20

So true what Feather and Lynne have said, Stardust. Your words breathe life into the page. You have the knack of turning the mundane task of your routine journey into work - into a sensuous adventure exploring and awakening the sinews of your senses and that of the reader.
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Post by lynneandjohn on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:15

12 Feb 2008, 21:09

sorry stardust must of read it wrong lol ., but you are wasted in an office you should write for sure.you do have a very natural talent with words and expression. oops don't mean your job is not important though.  Embarassed . always treat myself to flowers each week and for john,who loved the vivid colours wheras i love the pastels. love them all though. glad you can see the beauty in them too as there do lift and brighten you don't they. luv lynne
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:17

13 Feb 2008, 09:38

You are so sweet, Lynne. You're making me blush.  Embarassed

Breath by J. Daniel Beaudry
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Tree, gather up my thoughts
like the clouds in your branches.
Draw up my soul
like the waters in your root.
In the arteries of your trunk
bring me together.
Through your leaves
breathe out the sky.


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:18

14 Feb 2008, 10:38

I met a tree this morning, while on my way to work
it smiled and called a greeting, it gave me quite a perk.
And then a little bird flew down, it settled on a twig,
said : 'Here is where I’ll build my nest, when both of us are big'.


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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:19

15 Feb 2008, 01:47

last spring i treated myself to a beautiful pink blossom tree,the buds should be appearing soon,it is so glorious,i love nature.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:21

15 Feb 2008, 09:36

When my aunty Nora was still alive and over visiting one day, out in the garden she remarked "what is that?" looking at a weed growing out from the concrete next to the wall. I said oh that's a weed which I must pull up. Well she said if that's a weed it's a very pretty one, I wouldn't get rid of that. Well, I disagreed with her but left it there just to keep her happy. That would be just over 5 and a half years ago. Aunty Nora passed on 5 years ago and her weed has flourished into the most beautiful tree reaching up as high as the house, which is the view that I now enjoy from my kitchen. I don't know what kind of tree it is, but it has a name - Nora's Weed, a precious memorial to my greatly missed Aunty Nora, and a great comfort to me as I know that she is still very much around and has been following the progress of the growth of her pretty weed.
Recently the neighbours requested that they prune it as it has apparently been "interfering" with their satellite tv broadcast! So I've allowed them to pare it down a bit (without telling them that their "interference" is really due to my green-fingered Aunty Nora visiting and tending to her "weed").
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:22

15 Feb 2008, 11:07

Good for Aunty Nora. That's a touching story about 'her' tree, Candlelight.


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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:23

18 Feb 2008, 02:23

i have a couple of weeds that i dont pull up,i dont know what they are but have small purple flowers and i like them so why not leave them.
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:25

18 Feb 2008, 09:07

Some so-called "weeds" are far more beautiful than many cultivated flowers and plants.
Who decided which were "weeds" anyway ?
If they provide a feast for your eyes, good for you lar-lar in letting them be.  very happy

A tree silhouetted against the sky can be almost magical. Brown and green mingling with blue and white, branches lifted up as if in supplication. Let it rain, let the sun shine down, let the rainbow in stark contrast to the black clouds touch our hearts with hope.


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:26

18 Feb 2008, 20:31

Coming home from work this evening the whole atmosphere was surrounded by the most beautiful hues and shades. I was right in the middle of a truly spectacular sunset - and all the trees were silhoutted against this atmospheric sky. Magnificent to observe.
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:31

20 Feb 2008, 08:54

The trees are full of happy birds nibbling at the buds. In the morning as the light creeps gently up the sky heralding the sunrise, the birds jostle for the best perches, then can't make up their minds whether to sing or nibble - the buds are a right royal feast for them at the moment after the cold Winter spent looking for food. Not had rain for a number of days till this morning so all the plants and trees are holding out their arms and lifting up their faces, absorbing a long-awaited drink of water and revelling in the shower from their tops to their toes. A pigeon was dabbling in a muddy pool reminding me of women having mud baths in a thermal spa - he looked to be getting as much enjoyment out of it, splashing his feet up and down and peering into the depths, perhaps in the hope of a delicious titbit or two.
Near the bus stop there was a bird trilling away and another calling back, a little musical duet to help the waiting queue of passengers to bide their time without constant reference to ticking watches. The aeroplanes flying high above the trees winked their lights and drew enormous kisses all across the wide blue canvas, while the little rain clouds played hide and seek and chased one another, releasing cool drops of rain in their excitement. The day has written the first paragraph of its short, but full and rewarding, life story ... very happy


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Post by Voldsgaard on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:33

20 Feb 2008, 10:28

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yggdrasil

This is the tree of life according to the Norse mythology

A story I grew up with - a few of my friends are still followers of the Norse mythology, so its not a dead religion at all...

and strangely enough the story of Yggdrasil makes sense...


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:36

22 Feb 2008, 16:42

I used to love reading all the old mythology tales.
Found your tree on photobucket, Voldsgaard.

The sun has just blazed right into my eyes through the window.
How it found it's way through a thick bank of black clouds, I don't know.
Now it's blinded me and I can't see to type ! Beautiful Sun.  very happy


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Post by Voldsgaard on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:38

22 Feb 2008, 23:07

what you have found is a picture of the world according to the old norse mythology...


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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:39

23 Feb 2008, 01:11

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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:40

23 Feb 2008, 01:14

hoped you liked the invisible tree above..link didnt come out!tried again,still not working!another day..
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:42

23 Feb 2008, 02:15

It did come out Lar, I can see it/them - beautiful pink blossoms.

And, looking at Stardust and Voldsy's trees, I'm thinking now that Nora's Weed could be a Mountain Ash or Rowan tree.

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Post by Voldsgaard on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:44

24 Feb 2008, 10:06

if the invisible tree is upside down or kinda 2 o'clock'ish - then I see it.....


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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:46

25 Feb 2008, 01:56

how strange..it didnt come out for ages.  very happy
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:48

25 Feb 2008, 13:20

You mean we're at the bottom of the trunk where all the snakes are ?
Oh dear ! Good job it'll soon be St Patrick's day because we'll need him to chase them all away.
Or are they supposed to be us ?


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:49

26 Feb 2008, 16:03



I am speechless before such splendour ! I would like to go hug that tree ...


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:52

27 Feb 2008, 13:02

The Quiet Listeners - Healing Poem by Laura Foley
A Poem from Syringa  (StarMeadow Press, 2006).

Go into the woods
and tell your story
to the trees.
They are wise
standing in their folds of silence
among white crystals of rock
and dying limbs.
And they have time.
Time for the swaying of leaves,
the floating down,
the dust.
They have time for gathering
and holding the earth about their feet.
Do this.
It is something I have learned.
How they will bend down to you
so softly.
They will bend down to you
and listen.


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To buy this beautiful poetry collection, contact the author at laurafoley@valley.net.
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:54

04 Mar 2008, 17:56

The oak roars when a high wind wrestles with it;
the beech shrieks;
the elm sends forth a long, deep groan;
the ash pours out moans of thrilling anguish.

~ Thomas Starr King ~


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:56

06 Mar 2008, 10:58

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world that will not sustain people. (Bryce Nelson)


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 10:58

07 Mar 2008, 10:10

Just for fun. What tree did you fall from and what does it say about you ?
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:00

12 Mar 2008, 12:56

Feeling on top of the world.


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:31

14 Mar 2008, 12:35

Hello tree, what's that I see ? There's something spiritual about thee.


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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:32

19 Mar 2008, 14:47

The Tree of Life



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Post by Voldsgaard on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:34

20 Mar 2008, 08:18

I remember when my first child was born - the midwife help up the placenta and called it the tree of life...

and to my surprise it really looked like a tree!

(don't worry - I am not going to put a picture in here..)


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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:35

20 Mar 2008, 09:49

Thank goodness for that, V! .. well, not so early in the morning anyway  lol
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:38

26 Mar 2008, 11:34

Oak Tree - The Mystery of Seahenge
(Seahenge wooden circle, Norfolk ; Seahenge, Holme-next-the-Sea, Norfolk ; © Homer Sykes / Alamy)

In the spring of 1998, shifting sands revealed a 4,000-year-old secret on the beach at Holme-next-the-Sea in Norfolk. Nicknamed "Seahenge", it was a circle of 55 oak posts enclosing a huge central oak stump - a tree which had been uprooted and planted upside down in the ground, its roots stretching out like fingers.

Seahenge had been preserved by a blanket of peat, now washed away. Exposure to the air meant that it would soon begin to decay, so English Heritage decided to remove the structure, for preservation and tests.

The archaeologists took the timbers to the laboratories at Flag Fen, the Bronze Age centre near Peterborough. Here tree ring analysis revealed that the central stump was uprooted in the spring of 2049 BC, when it was already 167 years old. This dates Seahenge to the very beginning of the Bronze Age.

Laser scanning of the timbers showed that between 51 and 59 bronze axes had been used to chop them down, suggesting that Seahenge was the work of a whole community. Francis Pryor, director of Flag Fen, said, "It is remarkable that this tiny community was able to lay hands on such a large number of tools, only about 100 years after the knowledge of how to make bronze arrived in this country."

The purpose of Seahenge remains a mystery. For Arch-Druid Rollo Maughfling, it was an altar "where the skulls of important chieftains kept watch over the shoreline to protect us from attack". The archaeologists have suggested that it may have been used for "excarnation" - the practice of exposing dead bodies on a raised platform to be picked clean by birds, leaving bones for burial. Francis Pryor believes that the sea was thought of as the "dwelling place of the ancestors - Seahenge was deliberately placed between the ancestral world (the sea) and that of the living (the land) tying the two together."

Over the next few years, the timbers will be conserved by the Mary Rose trust at Portsmouth. It is hoped that Seahenge may one day go on public display, perhaps in King's Lynn Museum.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:43

26 Mar 2008, 12:59

That's quite fascinating. I've not heard of Seahenge before.
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Post by liz on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:44

27 Mar 2008, 23:35

No I havn't either,very informant is our Stardust,it looks beautiful I would love to walk that beach,
thanks for tha stardust.
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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:46

31 Mar 2008, 10:42

Care2 is my favourite website.

Go to this page and give a free click to help save the Rainforest. Thank you.

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Post by Stardust on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:48

05 Apr 2008, 16:17

Today, 5th April, is the Day of Trees in South Korea, known as Sikmogil, and was a public holiday until 2005. They still celebrate this day, however, and people are encouraged to care for and if possible to plant a tree.

Many parts of the world have their own Day of Trees, called Arbor Day, on different dates, although there doesn’t seem to be one in UK, France, or Denmark. In Germany it has been celebrated since 1952 and falls in April too, on 25th.

Everyone should plant at least one tree during their lifetime. My sister and I did this together when we were adolescents, but sadly – although it thrived for years - the place is now covered by a car park (!). Such is "progress".

There is a newly planted island of trees which I pass most days. This morning I made sure to send them a special message of love as I passed by and they waved back at me with their branches covered in newly unfurled little leaves. The birds are happy to have so many new perches at their disposal and the wind loves to sing and whistle with them as he travels through.
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 11:57

05 Apr 2008, 18:02

HIPPOCRATES PLANE TREE
The famous plane tree of Hippocrates stands in front of the Castle of the Knights, at the centre of Kos town. It is a huge tree, with a perimeter of twelve meters, which is considered to be the largest in Europe. The inhabitants claim that it was planted by Hippocrates, the greatest doctor in antiquity, who used to teach under its shade. According to tradition, the Apostle Paul also taught there. On this site, cultural festivals are held each summer.



I have sat under that very tree. very happy
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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:06

05 Apr 2008, 18:11

and just outside Pathos town in Cyprus is the famous Handkerchief Tree. Don't know what kind of tree & can't remember the history behind it now, but if you tie your hankie on the tree and make a wish it's supposed to come true. (My hankie is up there but my wish didn't come true - yet!)

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Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:07

05 Apr 2008, 18:17

I read in one of Gordon Smith's books of a similar tree called The Wishing Tree I think it is, in a place called Calendar in Scotland, near the Buddhist Retreat of Samye Ling - where the tree is decked with coloured ribbons.
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Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:10

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Candlelight wrote:
I read in one of Gordon Smith's books of a similar tree called The Wishing Tree I think it is, in a place called Calendar in Scotland, near the Buddhist Retreat of Samye Ling - where the tree is decked with coloured ribbons.

Well, that's one for me then - must go and make a wish !  very happy
Big old trees are wonderful, aren't they ? I love the story of Hippocrates plane tree, it has the WOW factor.
I can just imagine your colourful handkerchief tree near Pathos - what a magical sight that must be when the hankies dance in the breeze !  very happy
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Re: Trees

Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:12

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Re: Trees

Post by Candlelight.kk on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:14

24 May 2008, 00:16

Magnificent pictures, lar.
(I'm sure I know that very road in your first moving picture! Looks like the road from Calais en route to Paris, a road I've travelled many's a time. It's actually one of the most boring journeys I've ever had to go through (scenic wise) as it's literally just one extremely straight, flat road for miles and miles and miles - with those tall, straight trees on either side. )
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Re: Trees

Post by lar-lar on Sat 20 May 2017, 12:16

25 May 2008, 00:29

It could well be that road kk,i liked the pic because it moved.I really must go to France,one place on my wish list to visit.

I love trees,my blossom tree hasnt blossomed this year.  sadface

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