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August 19, 2015

August Break day18: ‘Look up’.

This was taken looking up the massive trunk of a Wellingtonia or giant redwood (Sequoiadendron giganteum) in the grounds of Blair Castle in highland Perthshire. Although not especially big by the standards of its species, the trunk still needed five people to stretch around it touching fingertips.

As a friend observed, this combination of big trees and a castle might seem like a bit of a busman’s holiday for us: we have a family of Basque friends staying, however, and so are trying to show them some of the highlights of our part of the world. And great fun it is too to be a tourist in someone else’s castle, admiring someone else’s trees, with no responsibility for either!, 18.8.15

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. Toffeeapple permalink
    August 19, 2015 9:52 am

    I don’t think that I envy you being in charge of a castle and big trees, it is an enormous reesponsibility.

    • August 19, 2015 8:50 pm

      It is an enormous privilege, but yes, an enormous responsibility too. Often we feel like a normal family who happen to be in charge of/ live in a museum, as well as various other enterprises!

  2. hmunro permalink
    August 19, 2015 6:30 pm

    Your description of the five people stretching their arms to reach around the redwood made me think of how funny this exercise must seem from the tree’s perspective. 🙂 I’m glad you’re getting a bit of time away, though, and enjoying a break from your own castle duties and responsibilities.

    • August 19, 2015 8:52 pm

      Hah, I had not thought of it from the tree’s perspective! I hope it feels like a group hug – even if from ant-sized huggers. 🙂

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