We have always admired and loved the old Rowan tree on the Northwest corner of our land. The lady who lives across the road was born in our house and she says the tree has always been there and was a mature tree already when she was a little girl many years ago. We think it might have been growing there for a hundred years and certainly for over eighty.
The tree in 2014 in the top right corner.
Each year we have delighted in the sight of the bright red berries in autumn. Hundreds of thrushes, fieldfares and blackbirds have enjoyed them as well and when opening the conservatory door, we have often been met with the sound and sight of a large flock lifting from the tree all at once.
Our tree house was built in the shade of the rowan tree and in the spring you could climb up the ladder and be surrounded by tiny new light-green leaves and white flowers.
Yesterday storm Ali blew in across Ireland and we were busy in the community garden securing the plastic on the poly tunnel so that it would not blow away. We got home and our beautiful Rowan tree had come down. We were quite astonished as it could have fallen onto the stonewall causing severe damage or onto the treehouse, causing even more damage but instead it blew over and landed in the only possible place where it would not hurt anything, not even any of the small new trees and shrubs planted close by.
It was as if it decided it was time to move on and go with the same grace and beauty as it has given us in its lifetime. We will miss the dappled sunlight coming through its branches and twigs. We will miss the way it created a windbreak for the back-garden. Most of all we will miss seeing the outline of its beautiful crown against the multi-coloured sky of the setting sun.
But life goes on and we are planning to use a long piece of the trunk for a natural support in our kitchen. It will be lovely to still have a part of our beautiful tree around. Other parts will be cut up for firewood, walking sticks, broom handles and probably some other things as well.
At the site of the old tree some new small saplings are now growing. We will leave them there to see who takes the lead and maybe there will be another beautiful Rowan tree growing in the same spot eighty or a hundred years from now. Trees are wonderful and we are delighted to have had the large Rowan as our companion for the last few years.