Mother Nature can be a powerful force for destruction when she feels like it, and we recently had a good example of that in Daglan — actually, just outside the village, in a walnut grove alongside the rugby pitch.
About a year ago, we endured very heavy winds during a severe winter storm, and many trees in the Greater Daglan Area were damaged. Notable was one of the walnut trees in the grove by our rugby pitch. Here it is, with the photo and caption I posted in “Stormy weather,” published January 12, 2016:
As you can see, my caption for the photo expressed some doubt about the tree’s future: “I’m not sure if this walnut tree can be saved,” I wrote. As it happened, in fact, it took a very long time for the walnut grove owner to come along and clean up the debris and trim the tree properly. Unfortunately, not enough was done, evidently, to strengthen what remained.
And sure enough, when southwest France was buffeted by some pretty heavy duty storms recently, Daglan had one day of particularly strong winds. And guess what happened to the damaged tree? Have a look:
I’m no expert, but I think this tree is a goner. In fact, I think it’s worth borrowing from one of the most famous sketches from the Monty Python show to comment on its state of health:
‘E’s not pinin’! ‘E’s passed on! This [tree] is no more! He has ceased to be! ‘E’s expired and gone to meet ‘is maker! ‘E’s a stiff! Bereft of life, ‘e rests in peace! … ‘Is metabolic processes are now ‘istory! ‘E’s off the twig! ‘E’s kicked the bucket, ‘e’s shuffled off ‘is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin’ choir invisible!!
Well, unless of course, the walnut grove owner can find some really good fertilizer with a growth hormone.