Tuesday, 18 May 2010

Now more frivolous than ever

I'd like to be able to tell you that the initial letters of these trees gracing the broad Lydian Acres spell out a rune, a mantra, a magical incantation which, if repeated at the new moon, brings you the secret of eternal youth and guards against resurgence of the Old Trouble.

(Above: a gift from Monsieur Hector)

Alas, they spell out JTOWP.

You could try it, all the same. You should try everything once, as the composer Arnold Bax is supposed to have said, except incest and folk-dancing.


Vicus Scurra said...

Old Bax was remiss in not adding listening to his compositions to that list.

Dave said...

I was going to comment earlier, but comments weren't open. I spent the time trying to compose a mnemonic from JTOWP.

Judiciary Turn On White People.

Just Take One White Pill.


Rog said...

I think he meant incest and folk-dancing "at the same time".

I, Like The View said...

in my courtyard garden I have lots of trees/shrubs and plants, for example: bamboo, olive, thyme, tarragon, oregano and maple. . .

I don't have any of the following: mint, elderflower, nasturtium

but I quite like it that way at the moment


I, Like The View said...

(of course, if Dave ever visited, I'd have to get myself organised and pot up the carnations, lavender, euphorbia, rosemary, garlic, yellow mustard, alstroemeria and nemesia)

I, Like The View said...

(and who'd visit me if I sorted out some violas, iris, clematis, umbellularia, scabiosa. . .)

(lots of people mistake their umbellularia for a bay laurel, don't you know)

Dave said...

I've got a bay tree (well two, actually, having taken a cutting). Are you telling me it's actually an umbrella?

Christopher said...

Vicus: Yes, and especially (as Rog hints) his Trois Danses Incestueuses.

Dave: I will try these this very night. Thank you.

Rog: Very likely. I understand that it's to Bax we owe the conundrum mon frère est masseur.

Jax: The visitors' queue will stretch back across the Thames. About 30 years ago I very naughtily commissioned a row of trees at a school I ran in the following order:
Chestnut, ash, maple, poplar, beech, elm, larch, lime, hawthorn (hornbeam growing too slowly), oak, willow, elder and sycamore. Some have died, but the general idea is still there. This is the first time this has been made public.

I, Like The View said...

Dave, (excuse me Christopher), I wouldn't dream of attempting to tell you anything in a corrective manner


and I'm sure that your knowledge of plants, shrubs and trees is fine and that you are aware of the difference between a bay and something that's not a bay

(altho this does make interesting reading)

Christopher said...

No, no, carry on, don't mind me, I've got plenty to be getting on with, like brushing up my reminiscences of False Bay and the wonderful swordfish and chips I had there once.

Sarah said...

Sooo you snuck back in without me noticing...LOL where have you been?

I can't make out what any of them are apart from the olive...possibly a willow and a pear...sorry i'm rubbish at this...it was a quiz wasn't it?

Cynthia said...

What is/was the Old Trouble? Does it have anything to do with acute back pain caused by reaching too high to prune an unruly tree branch or pluck a particularly luscious fruit?

Christopher said...

Sah: No, it wasn't a quiz, but all the same you're the only one to correctly identify any of the trees so you win a prize of a gorgeous starry night. Actually the trees in order are pawlonia, walnut (in flower), olive, tulip tree and Judas tree. I expect you knew that but you were kindly giving others a chance before wading in.

Cynthia: Yes, you've got it. The cause, that is, not the Old Trouble.


Spadoman said...

The rabbits, (is that what you folks call them over there?), ate through the bark of my apple trees, (I planted two last year). They are both dead. I will start over and protect the smalish stem trunks from the rabbits next winter.
I started with apple trees for obvious resons.
I saw the words, "False Bay" in one of the responses to a comment. Remind me to write the story of the False Bay fiasco. This happened, in real life, back in the 1980's on a canoe trip in the watery wilderness areas between the USA, in Northern Minnesota, and Ontario, Canada. These areas are called the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness in the USA and Quetico Provincial Park in Canada, (I used to guide there back then).


Just Throw Over Wild Persimmons

Peace to all