The whirlwind had dissipated by the time I’d got my camera, leaving only dusty remnants behind.
In the 70’s, two teenagers died on this spot, victims of a drunk driver late one night. If you look closely, you can see the crosses memorializing them on the fence.
Glad I had video’d this scene when I did, as the pylon in the distance has now been replaced by a massive, graceless and rusty pole.
Changes to the horizon are always disconcerting.
Are in old oaks.’ Traditional proverb
In 1452, thirty-four French villagers were questioned by an ecclesiastical commission about a ‘faerie tree’ (arbor fatalism, gallide des fees) in Domrémy, as part of the process of overturning Joan of Arc’s conviction at the hands of the English/Burgundian Gestapo twenty years earlier. In the face of her inquisitors, Joan herself had offset her own belief in the faeries by apportioning it to her godmother, who had apparently seen the faeries gathering at the tree. And, even though the villagers were under no threat from the commission (quite the opposite in fact), none of the thirty-four interviewees would admit to a belief of the faeries, or that they had ever seen them at the tree. Instead, they informed the commissioners that “they had heard that in the old days faeries were said to have been seen there.” As the villagers…
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