I was on my own with both girls for most of the weekend, while my wife studied.
Saturday wasn’t a great day as they were both pretty tired and stroppy, but yesterday was much better (despite the weather) and we spent most of the day in various local playgrounds.
This dead* tree in one of the playgrounds caught my eye:
(* = or at least extremely harshly pollarded – it stops in a stump a few feet above the top of the photo, with no branches at all)
Larger photos and an explanation of the post title after the jump 🙂 …
It has massive burls on its roots where generations of children have climbed all over them
Some of the burls have lost their bark and there are some interesting patterns in the underlying wood.
(You were probably wondering where the burly barking girls came into this? 🙂 )
I don’t know what it is about these patterns
But I really like them
Also in the same park is a carved bear, in the stump of another smaller tree:
I obviously didn’t get any time in the workshop during the day and I was too tired in the evenings (yesterday my Fitbit pedometer registered over 20,000 paces, with the equivalent of 36 flights of stairs climbed – my usual figures are about 10,000 and 20 respectively).
I had a pretty good day all the same and it was nice to get a little bit of time to commune with nature, even if it was dead! 🙂