Wood Words

Woodland management is a very practical activity: deciding where to plant, which tree species and which individuals to favour and which to leave or fell or thin or coppice. Nevertheless, there is something very spiritual about trees: 

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The Ultimate Limerick:
There was a young man from St Bees
Who was stung on the arm by a Wasp
When asked ‘Does it hurt?’
He replied ‘No not much
I’m so glad it wasn’t a Hornet.’

 W S Gilbert
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Always be yourself.
Unless you can be a Unicorn.
Then always be a Unicorn.
                                           Anon.
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They took all the trees
An put ’em in a Tree Museum.
An’ they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see ’em.

Don’t it always go to show
That ya don’t know what ya got ’till it’s gone.
They paved Paradise an’ put up a parking lot…

Big Yellow Taxi by Joni Mitchell.

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Open your eyes to the beauty around you
Open your mind to the wonders of life
Open your heart to those who love you
And always be true to yourself
Unknown.
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Happiness is like a butterfly
The more you chase it, the more it will elude you
But if you turn your attention to other things
It will come and sit softly on your shoulder.
Unknown.
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The Tree Prayer
You who would pass by and raise your hand against me, listen before you harm me:
I am the heat of your hearth on long winter nights;
The friendly shade screening you from the summer sun
And my fruits are refreshing draughts.
I am the beam that holds your house, the board of your table,
The bed on which you lie and the timber that builds your boat.
I am the handle of your hoe, and the door of your homestead,
I am the wood of your cradle and the shell of your coffin.
I am the gift of god and the friend of man.
You who pass me by, listen to my prayer and harm me not.
Anon.

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Wood Chuck – a North American small mammal
How much wood would a woodchuck chuck, if a woodchuck could chuck wood?
Traditional.

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Never leave a wood empty-handed. (Always carry something useful away with you)!

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Keep a piece of wood as long as you can for as long as you can. (A long piece of wood can always be cut shorter as, when and if required – but the reverse is not true)!

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A tree will warm you three times over: Once when you cut it down, once when you cut it up and once when you light your fire.

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By hook or by crook… The ancient Rights of Common allowed English Commoners to do various things on the village Common, including the collection of any firewood (Firebote) which was ‘dead but still on the tree’. Climbing the tree to get it was not allowed, but you could reach it by using a hook or a (shepherd’s?) crook.

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CIder
There was a young lady from Rhyde
Who ate some green apples and died
The apples fermented
Inside her inside
And made cider inside her inside.
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Oak before Ash: in for a splash.
Ash before Oak: in for a soak.

A traditional weather saying based on which tree comes into leaf first.

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Touch wood… Pre-Christian religion believed that everyone was born under the sign of a tree – not a star – and returning to a tree of that species in times of stress and touching it would give a person some extra help when needed.

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The elegance of the grasses, the novelty of the parasitical plants, the beauty of the flowers, the glossy green of the foliage, but above all the general luxuriance of the vegetation, filled me with admiration.
Charles Darwin: The Voyage of HMS Beagle 1831 – 1836.

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Lunar Phases
New moon = all black
Waxing quarter moon = a ) shape is illuminated
Half moon = right half is illuminated
Waxing full moon = a ( shape is still dark
Full moon = a full circle is illuminated
Waning full moon = a ) shape is in shadow
Half moon = left half is illuminated
Waning quarter moon = a ( shape is illuminated

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First Denial, then Bargaining, Anger, Depression and (finally) Acceptance.

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‘…and those who were dancing were thought to be insane by those who could not even hear the music.’ after Friedrich Nietzsche.

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Forest Notes
It is not so much for its beauty that the forest makes a claim upon our hearts, as for that subtle something, that quality of air, that emanation from old trees that so wonderfully changes and renews a weary spirit. Robert Louis Stephenson.

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Wood burns faster when you have to cut and chop it yourself. ~ Harrison Ford

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I think that I will never see
A billboard lovely as a tree.
In fact, unless the billboards fall,
I my never see a tree at all…
Ogden Nash

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Resemble not the slimy snail
Whose filth records its shiny trail.
Let it be said where you have been,
You leave the face of Nature clean.
Unknown.

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Only when the last tree has died
And the last river been poisoned
And the last fish been caught
Will we realise t
That we cannot eat money.
Cree Indian prophecy.

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The Grot, Rydal Hall, Ambleside

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