The green mile.

Trip Start Apr 10, 2010
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Trip End Apr 10, 2011


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Thursday, May 27, 2010

A long uneventful 200 mile drive south brought us to Sherwood forest. The forest is only a fraction of what it used to be but amazingly throughout the centuries it has been preserved as a place of folk mythology. This in fact is very rare in the UK as pretty much the whole of it has been forested and tilled. This little pocket however has some of the oldest oak trees ever, and the entire area is full of ancient trees, one especially, the 'Major Oak' is said to be around 1200 years old and is unfathomably huge, with braces holding it up! We spent a long time just wrapping our head around the concept of it.

The legend of Robin Hood is also fascinating (tomorrow we go to see the new movie). Some say that he did exist, as there are lots of records, although apparently many have been named after him so it’s hard to tell which is the original. But others prefer to think of him as the ‘Green Man’ whose image you might see in any hippy shop. He is this oak leaved character who is like the spirit of nature. Hence the whole green theme of Robin Hood. It is said that he still protects the tree and he is why it hasn’t been cut down after all these years. It was a great experience to behold. Deep and spiritual, green man or not.

Down with the phony king of England! Ooda’laa’lee!
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