28 February 2013

Pollarded willow

Pollard, a tree or animal which has been polled (had its branches, horns or antlers removed) wikipedia Why then not polled willow? I know it as knotwilg nl or saule têtard fr

Last November when I took some pictures while visiting the 'dead pasture',  I found most pictures too gray. Today, end February, I see them with different eyes.  So a post about sunnier days.

A first row of pollarded willows.  According to wikipedia the branches should be cut every 5-7 years.

A second row, of old trees this time.  The branches are used for basket weaving.  And apparently someone is harvesting them.

The trees are anthropomorphic even more when painted or drawn,  with near human size,  head, eyes,  hair or arms

Besides weaving baskets willow is used together with rattan to make traditional giants.  Here a picture  found through internet of Lieve Lieckens a giant weaver.

25 February 2013

Anne, sister Anne, do you see ...

The month is ending and nothing to show,  only #*µ%-snow. Seeing the illustrative snow picture I checked to see if I had set the camera to black and white, nope.  It's slightly too cold to work in the workshop - at least to my standards, so I looked for some pictures on my mobile to create a post.

By lack of Bluebeard's castle, I stopped recently to show a medieval tower, de Toren (1350), to the young ones.  They were even polite enough to appreciate the empty grounds of a major summer festival nearby.
I visited the tower 20 years ago for a birthday party.  The owner gave me then a go ahead to go to the top.  Surprisingly the floors are made of arched brickwork.  The roof is interesting,  although it could be a seventeenth century update - I am no historian.

The Ferraris map from 1777 shows the pond around the tower, but also that there was a wet moat surrounding the whole 'castle'

A google view showing that the Ferraris guys didn't get it totally right as the tower is not directly attached to the building,  but by a narrow wooden bridge.

To finish the post some pictures of a more accessible wooden watch tower visited a month earlier.

Some new kid on the block

The crooked hat roof,  already there in an early post

More slippery climbing stuff and a second castle