Thursday, 21 May 2009

Roots and trunks

 


I love the way the light and shade brings out the shapes of the roots, and makes the perfectly ordinary trunks shine a lovely greeny yellow.

There are lots of old trees in our park, and although some have been taken down, three have been cut off at a height of about 20ft, so wildlife can still make use of them. The roots of course remain, with all their nooks and crannies.

Maybe it says something about me that I like roots! As I get older I appreciae more and more the history of our family, where and how they lived, and their contribution to my own way of life and personality. I can see parts of my grandfathers in me, in the same way I can see family traits in my daughter and grandsons. (No, I am not going to elaborate, Sue!!)

I am not much of a "thing" person, although I have one or two bits and pieces to remind me of my parents, I prefer photographs, written memoirs, letters, cards and things like that. I have written my own memoirs, so that my experiences, which will be totally alien to my grandsons and their children later on, won't get forgotten. Even if they don't read them until they are old, I enjoy reminiscing in words, and remember so much that I thought I had forgotten!
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13 comments:

kenju said...

I like looking at tree roots and trunks, too, Gilly. The forms they make are true art. I also like you idea of writing your life, so that it makes sense to those you leave behind.

Diane said...

I have my Aunt and Uncle staying with me at the moment and my Uncle pointed out last night that I am starting to talk like an old person with my memories of the past!!!! It was great to discover things I didnt know though, and I can certainly see some family traits in members of the family!! I have taken some photo's of interesting tree roots recently too - Do you think we bloggers are all ruled by the same force?

Connie said...

This was a delightful post - photos and comments. So glad you are writing things down for your family to enjoy later. What a wonderful thing to do for your family.

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Strawberry Jam Anne said...

I love tree roots too Gilly. Perhaps it's an age thing - appreciating the make up of anything and everything. A x

Hollace said...

Gilly, your pictures and thoughts of roots are beautiful. And the leaves and blossoms of your grandchildren will be the result of YOUR roots.
PS. How's the new greatgrandbaby?

Marja said...

I love tree roots too they are so beautiful and my own roots too of course they are part of who you are

Gilly said...

Kenju Diane,and Connie, yes, I enjoy writing, and writing my memoirs, it brings back so many memories as I type - they get a bit muddled and have to be sorted out afterwards!

Thank you Anne and Holly - yes I hope to see the new great granddaughter this weekend!

Gilly said...

Marja - I can't open your blog site - don't know why.

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

How wonderful that you have written your memoirs. I wish my Mom had written things down. She knew so much about our family history. I can remember bits and pieces that she told me, but so much has been lost forever.

kenju said...

Gilly, thanks for your visit and comments. That photo is deceptive. Except for that one huge vacant lot, the shop I work in is surrounded by buildings, shops and industry. You'd never know it from that photo, though!

Gledwood said...

yes i agree with your top commentator ~ roots can be a work of art!

One Woman's Journey said...

Gilly, like you I am writing daily of the past, present and what "hopefully" is to be. Thank you for your comments on my journey. We have lot in common.