Le Plus Bel Arbre : The Most Beautiful Tree

Just over the brow, in a field below a farmhouse, is the most beautiful oak tree in the neighbourhood. Many passers by are compelled to stop and ask the resident if they can visit the oak.

Monsieur was born and grew up in this farmhouse. In time he inherited and has lived here with his wife all their married life, some sixty years. He tells us that when he was a small boy, his great grand aunt told him that the oak had stood there, the same size, for as long as she could remember.

The tree is becoming elderly and weak, but still graceful and beautifully balanced. His only injuries are the unfortunate lopping of his long low branches. His girth is 6.60 metres and taking into account the micro climate of the region, calculations make him about 600 years old.

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Olde Oake

perchance

did’st thou see

martyr’d on a burning stake

our own heroine of France

sweet sacred Joan of Arc?

(born: 1412  and died: 1431)

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A custom.

In past times it was essential for a new husband to plant a sapling oak on the first night of his marriage. When the tree matured and made acorns they would have been fed to the pigs. As always it was a custom of inviting wealth and health to the new family.

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12 thoughts on “Le Plus Bel Arbre : The Most Beautiful Tree

    1. My husband and I just read about this old oak tree and I loved how you gave him the honor and dignity of referring to him as almost human, someone we can relate to. How nice that even passerby’s stop to inquire of the old gentleman. He is aging very well for 600 years old. Wish I could come visit sometime. We live in the high desert of Utah. Mostly farms and lots of mountains surrounding us. The reason we chose to buy this lot we own, 3/4’s of an acre, is the first thing that attracted my husband were the tall, wide shade trees in the back yard. I’m sure they are nowhere near 600 years old though. 🙂 I think you have a nice looking blog. Clean and crisp in appearance, I am trying to make my new one, “An Unorganized Mind”, more like this.

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