August 20, 2007
Climbing Trees in England
The kids and I were out on a bike ride. I saw a nice-looking beech tree. I know from experience that beech trees are some of the best climbing trees, and I parked my bike on the grass beneath and climbed it. The kids wanted to get up, too. They were in the process when a lady pulled up in her car and looked up at us.
She raised her eyebrows and, in a voice dripping with disapproval, proclaimed, "...As long as you don't damage our tree..." and drove off. This tree was not in someone's yard, but it was in the middle of a big grassy roundabout at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac. A biking/walking path goes in and out of the roundabout, and said path goes past our back yard farther off.
Being the conflict-avoider that I am, we got down and went home.
End of sad story.
Except to say that:
1) I used to eat lunch in a beech tree at school with my friends (we each had our own perch)
2) They have banned this practice at my old school now (no tree-climbing anytime)
3) Some day I hope we have a yard with a big, climbable beech tree that belongs to us, and I will invite everyone I know to come climb it with me.
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