Category Archives: oak
In September I was leading walks in Provence for HF Holidays and spotted this very strange oak gall. It took me ages to identify it as
It’s amazing what a gall wasp can cause to happen.;
The oak tree which was blown down last winter (here) is now almost all sawn and split for firewood. We have kept some back for use as stools around the camp-fire and possibly for some carving. The small branches have been hand sawn for starting the fire, the larger pieces chain-sawed and split with a hand log splitter. Lots of physical exercise.
The oak which was blown over into our neighbour’s field is now in pieces. Some more clearing up required when the ground dries out a bit. Loads of brash, small & large logs to be moved. More muscles and effort required.We will try pushing the tree back on its roots, but will need mechanical assistance because it probably weighs about 1 ton.
Today we have some primroses out – just one clump but it’s very cheering to see. Must go to check if the snowdrops are appearing in the wood. The oak tree which was blown into our neighbour’s field needs work but the ground is like a marsh at the moment. Started trimming the thinner branches off today – but lots to do. Any volunteers?