Friday, 10 June 2016

Underneath the Banyan Tree....

Hi there!
Good of you to pop in.
Friday’s blog a private peek, 
so I want to share something really really phenomenal with you, which we just happened upon in Hawaii.

This Banyan Tree


Which one? I hear you ask.
Well, actually this IS one tree.

Let me take you back a few years, 
to the tree at an earlier point in its life....


See the tendrils hanging from the branches?
Well, they are what is called aerial roots, and when they touch the earth, they burrow down into the ground and take root - literally.
Over time, they get thicker and stronger; they team up with other wiry aerial roots, until after much time they become a trunk themselves.

And that, my friends is how a banyan tree grows. 
This one is in Lahaina, Maui, 
which was once the capital city of the islands. 

Here is the Mother trunk, the core of the tree.


Here you see how it stretches outwards and upwards.
A few good people of Lahaina decided to create a shady park 
in the town centre, a shelter from the searing Pacific sun. 
So they trained the huge branches to grow horizontally.


In places, they added struts and supports.
They constantly cut back the aerial roots, 
to stop them taking root, if you like. 


They introduced walkways and benches,
and what they have created is absolutely unbelievable.
Until you sit underneath it and actually take it in, you cannot imagine that this woodland park is actually just 
ONE TREE.

Steve, underneath the Banyan tree.

Shading almost an acre of the park and reaching upward to a height of 60 feet, this banyan tree is the largest in the United States. 

Magnificent.


We were having a bit to eat in the Pioneer’s Inn, next door, 
another little jewel of a place.
Spot the banyan tree to the right.
Yep. ONE TREE.


We got talking to the waiter, and he told us this little story.
I don’t remember the details, but I remember this:
An Englishman started the Pioneer Inn back in 1901


The banyan tree next door was already well underway.
He had several children, and left a huge legacy in Maui,
but one of his son’s lost his way in life, as is often the case,
and, sadly, became the local drunk.
Guess where he took up residence.
Yep. He lived under the tree for many, many years.
Until he died, in fact. 
The town even set a mailbox up for him under the tree!
How’s that for compassion?


On that note, I shall bid you bye bye.
Until tomorrow.

ALOHA 
xxxx

135 comments:

  1. What a fascinating tree, Barbara. I've never even heard the name before. It must have been amazing to sit underneath it and take it all in! What a lovely story too of the man who lived amongst it. Thank you so much for sharing it. I'm off to York for the weekend, so I wish you and Dave a lovely weekend. See you on sunday night. Love and Hugs xxx

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    1. Say hello to York for me we last went at Easter to take the boys big and small to the railway museum. Have a good time xx

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    2. Have a lovely weekend Morag , York is lovely xxx

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    3. Enjoy your weekend away I love York it's a beautiful city are you going to Betty's ? Xxxx

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    4. Hi Morag, hope you have a wonderful time. Hope the weather holds out for you. Hugs Lynn xx

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    5. Hi Morag - I hope that you have a great weekend in York - it's a beautiful place - many years since I have been there! Love and hugs, Gilly xxx

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    6. It's funny how you see what you want to see. I read you were going to New York for the weekend and thought that's a long way for a weekend.

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  2. How lovely nature really is a miracle. Thank you for sharing this lovely story, you truly had a wonderful holiday xx

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  3. Hello all my lovely blog friends. I hope you have all had a good day. Pam and Anne, thinking of you both. As I've said to Barbara, I'm off to York with my friend. We're going to see Billy Elliot tomorrow evening, which I'm really looking forward to. I'll be back on the blog on Sunday evening. So until then, keep well and safe. Love and hugs to you all. xxx

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    1. Hello Morag I put a comment above, enjoy Billy Elliot and spending time with your friend xxx

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    2. Enjoy Billy Elliot hugs xxx

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    3. Oooooo have fun! Fingers crossed the weather stays good for you. Enjoy the show. XX

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    4. Ooh enjoy seeing Billy Elliot! Gilly xxx

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    5. Hi Morag,
      Lucky you off to York - one of my favourite places. Enjoy Billy Elliot and have a fabulous time. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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  4. What a magnificent tree! The things that tree has seen must be quite awesome! If only it could talk! Imagine the tales it could tell!
    Love the story about the local drunk.

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  5. Hi Barbara,
    two years ago I sat under this Banyan Tree in Lahaina...
    So your pics are a fantastic memory.
    Rolf xxx

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  6. What a magnificent and magical place. I seem to remember a banyan tree in a nursery rhyme or song but can't remember what it was. Can anyone help? I've definitely heard the name before. Thanks for sharing your holiday again. Think that Hawaii is now added to my wish list. Love and hugs, Jeanette xxxx

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  7. What a fantastic tree and amazing story Barbara. I had heard of a Banyan Tree but never looked it up. You never disappoint on your holidays we always learn something new. Thank you for letting us do the next best thing to being on holiday with you. Had an awful time this last few weeks as you know, Spent all morning at the hospital seeing Dom then Doctors yesterday. Then we had some respite as my friend had booked The Pump Rooms in Bath for afternoon tea a few weeks ago. Pete took us and stayed with us for the tea as well, didn't feel like going but it was what we needed and it was lovely. We just got back and had the dreaded phone call to go back to the hospital. Dom passed away peacefully in his sleep at about 6 pm. He went through such a lot in the hopes that he would be able to eat and drink again but everything went against him. It's so sad that it cut his life even shorter. At least he's not suffering now. Thank you for thinking of us through our ordeal we really appreciate it. Just want to thank all the lovely people on your blog too for their continual support. Sorry wasn't up to commenting last night, but will try to get back to normal with my commenting in the next few days. Must look forward now to your Open Day. God Bless you all. Love,and hugs to you all. Pam xxx

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    1. Oh Pam I'm truly sorry to hear your news. Sending love and hugs. Xx

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    2. I am sorry for your loss Pam dear. Sending you love and lots of hugs.xxx

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    3. Hi Pam, I'm so sorry for you and all your family. It's especially sad after what he's gone through in the past 2 weeks. My thoughts are with you and your family. Take care, and just pop in when you can, you don't need to say much, just hi. Love Brenda xx

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    4. So sorry to hear of your loss. Sending you love at this most difficult time.

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    5. Dear Pam I'm very sorry to hear of your loss. Take care and take things slowly. Thinking of you xx

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    6. My dear Pam I'm so sorry to hear your sad news, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. It's so sad to hear Dom has lost his battle, he is no longer in pain so that must be a comfort to you all. Look after yourself and take all the time you need, we are here thinking of you. Sending hugs to you all xxx

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    7. Dear Pam, I am sorry for your loss, deepest sympathy and many hugs to you and your family x x

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    8. Pam sending you all the hugs to help you through bless Dom he is pain free now and at peace from his suffering you take care now come here when you feel you can thinking of you and your family xxx

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    9. Oh Pam! I am so so sorry! The first thing I did was scroll down to see where you were. So very sorry xxxxxxxx

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    10. Hi Pam, so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this sad time. Lynn xx

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    11. My Dear Pam my thoughts are with you what a fighter God Bless Dom and you and your family..xxxx

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    12. Oh Pam - I am so sorry to hear that Dom has lost his battle - but at least he is now at peace and no longer suffering pain. I will keep you in my thoughts, and echo what others have already said - you just take your time,don't worry about commenting. Take care of yourself - love and hugs to you and your family - Gilly xxx

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    13. I'm so sorry to hear your news. I'm thinking of you.

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    14. So sorry to hear your news Pam - you and your family are in my thoughts x

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    15. Dear Pam,
      I am so dreadfully sorry to hear the very sad news about Dom and my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I suppose there is consolation in knowing that he is now at peace and pain free which will hopefully help you to come to terms with losing him. Don't worry about not visiting us, come when you feel you can, but know that we are all here for you. Take care, love and hugs Alison xx

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  8. How lovely, a tree that is so big and cared for it can shade many. I think you are the core of Clarity and we are all your Ariel roots spreading the message of your wonderful products and growing our own trees of creativity. Xx

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    1. Lovely analogy Donna. Agree completely!

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    2. That's clever Donna I like it. Xx

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    3. What a beautiful thought Donna xxx

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    4. So agree you put that so right...xx

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    5. Donna - that is so beautifully put! xxx

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    6. How lovely Donna - the Clarity Banyon x

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    7. Hi Donna,
      Well that's a very clever analogy and a very true one too. Love to you and Phoebe , Alison xx

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  9. Hi Barbara
    Wow, about sums up todays bloggy offerings. Now that's my kind of holiday. the natural world never ceases to impress and amaze me. And, what wonderful humanity was shown to the poor soul who lost his way. If only that level of humanity was happening a lot more today, the world would be a much happier and joyous place to live in. Hope you and Dave have a happy weekend doing what you want to do, not what you have to do. Love Brenda xx

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    1. Sending hugs to you and daisy xxxx

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    2. Hi I love reading your words you have a very kind heart my friend stting here waiting on the R.S.P.C.A wee Ian has just brought me a wee crow he found with I think has damaged wing its making an awfy racket wee faird thing but he said know you would know what to do Gran god love him will let you know here's yir cuddle..xx

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    3. Hi Brenda, lets book the tickets and visit! We could pitch a tent under the shade. XX

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    4. Sending you a hug Brenda - love Gilly x

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    5. Thanks everyone xx
      Have the SSPCA been yet Dot? What did they say? If not, try putting the poor wee thing in a box with a tea towel, or something, over it, it may help it feel calmer. Cuddle back xx

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    6. p.s. make sure it can get plenty air though!!! Put wee holes in the sides of the box xx

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    7. Hi hen naw nae sign but he's in a spare big guniea pig cage Ian has dug up some wee worms put bread and water in and a and cover our the cage he's settled noo was a recorded message so maybe the morn dinnae mind noo its settled let yi ken...xx

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    8. Hi Brenda,
      Have a good weekend, hopefully doing some craft,love and hugs Alison xx

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    9. Hope your weekend is as good as it can be xx

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    10. Thanks Alison and Chris :-) xx
      My brother is coming through tomorrow to set up the new hard drive, hopefully it will go ok. I've done a new system image this evening so it should have everything on apart from a couple of emails that's come in since, but (if I remember) I can get them online in my email account after. It's the children's gala week this week, with the parade being tomorrow, they're coming through in time for that, so I'll get out to the back gate (not brave enough to go out it) and watch it pass. Every other year I've only been able to watch from the window. It's extremely noisy with the bands, and bikers, and all the tooting car horns so it's going to cause me pain and bad feelings to be that close to it. Normally I feel like hiding under the bed beside Daisy!!! And then there's the people, but I'll stay at the corner and have my hat on to hide under. Why am I putting myself through it when it's going to cause me so much bad stuff - because it's a normal experience isn't it, and those have been few and far between in my life and are very rare now.

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  10. Hello bloggy friends. Hope you have had a good day. Hoping to get a little crafting done this weekend. Xx

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    1. Hello Donna, yah it's Friday, hope you've done your happy dance. How's Phoebe today, hope her tail is wagging strongly today, she will close by you all weekend no doubt. Enjoy your crafty weekend. I'm hoping to have a play later on, must try my new pricking tools and scissors. Have a good weekend xxx

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    2. Hi Donna Hows phoebe brighter I hope have a happy weekend crafting lots of crafting hugs xxx

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    3. Phoebe is improving, she is now at the stage of trotting faster than she should! Still gets upset when she leans on her leg. Every day is getting better thankfully. XX

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    4. So pleased to hear that Phoebe is improving Donna - no doubt she will be having lots of love and cuddles this weekend - hugs Gilly xx

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    5. Bless her Donna she sounds so cute xxx

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    6. Hi adorns,
      So pleased that Phoebe is making such good progress. I bet she is being spoilt! Have a lovely weekend, love and hugs and cuddles for Phoebe, Alison xx

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  11. Fabulous tree. I remember seeing it when we were there. Truly amazing. Thanks for bringing me down memory lane. Just love Hawaii. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  12. I've heard of the Banyan tree but I didn't realise it grew like that, the world is full of natural wonders. We watched a programme about a man made wonder a few weeks ago - a man planted a circle of trees in a secret location in the woods and has spent the last 20 years or so pruning and bending them as they grow to form a contorted circle. You sometimes see them between programmes on the BBC along with the bicycles going round in a circle.

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    1. Hi Chris crafting hugs xxx

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    2. Hi Chris - hope that you have a good weekend - hugs Gilly x

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    3. Hi Chris,
      Hope you have a good weekend, love Alison xx

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    4. Thank you. We have an old friend coming to stay on Sunday for a few days. It was her who introduced us to the Dales 30 years ago and we fell in love with the area. Have a good weekend all of you too xx

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  13. Trees are just amazing! And this one is more amazing than most!
    Thank you for sharing more of your holiday! Love and hugs xx

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  14. How wonderful nature is with a little help from man to make this tree shade for people to enjoy when it is very hot. I have seen one in Hong Kong but it was certainly nothing like this massive sized example. So lovely to hear all the fascinating things you came across on your trip. x

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  15. Hi Barbara,

    I was in Maui in the 80ies but in December. Only for a week but this is the vacation I remember most. It is my favorite place on earth. All landscapes and klimates on one island. Lahaina was not only the capital of Hawaii but once also the main port for American whale hunting. Now scientists observe the Humpback whales that come there between December and May to calf. You do not even have to go on whalewatch tour. Driving along the coast you can see them jumping out of the water doing a belly-flop. That is so amazing that you will never forget.
    But I was wondering how much Maui has changed during the last 35 years. Your pictures from the trip to Hana looked just the same. The banyan tree seems to have had just a view more leafes.
    While I was there I heared the story that the Pioneer's Inn was near demolition in the 60ties. The owner was made only aware that it is a historical building when the landowner of Kaanapali Resourt was looking for visitor attractions and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation was established.
    I was also told about the local drunk but with a wink. Hawaians are good tale tellers.
    I whish I could have adopted their philosophy "Hang loose" but today I get more easily infected by hectic and stress than I was back then.

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  16. Hi Barbara,

    I was in Maui in the 80ies but in December. Only for a week but this is the vacation I remember most. It is my favorite place on earth. All landscapes and klimates on one island. Lahaina was not only the capital of Hawaii but once also the main port for American whale hunting. Now scientists observe the Humpback whales that come there between December and May to calf. You do not even have to go on whalewatch tour. Driving along the coast you can see them jumping out of the water doing a belly-flop. That is so amazing that you will never forget.
    But I was wondering how much Maui has changed during the last 35 years. Your pictures from the trip to Hana looked just the same. The banyan tree seems to have had just a view more leafes.
    While I was there I heared the story that the Pioneer's Inn was near demolition in the 60ties. The owner was made only aware that it is a historical building when the landowner of Kaanapali Resourt was looking for visitor attractions and the Lahaina Restoration Foundation was established.
    I was also told about the local drunk but with a wink. Hawaians are good tale tellers.
    I whish I could have adopted their philosophy "Hang loose" but today I get more easily infected by hectic and stress than I was back then.

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    1. I prefer to believe he lived under the tree, and the locals helped him. I even saw the old mailbox.

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  17. Goodness that is an amazing tree. I never knew that about Banyan tress, I think it is fantastic how it has been trained to make some shade. Thank-you for sharing your knowledge. xx

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  18. Learned something new today. Thanks, Barbara.

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  19. Wow, what a tree, imagine that, learnt something new today. xx

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  20. How absolutely fascinating. This earth continues to amaze with its treasures. I have heard of a Banyan tree but did not know what its significance was. Much love Jayne

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  21. Hi Barbara
    What an amazing tree, how fabulous that it provides safety and shelter for people. Thank you for sharing thus tree with us and more stunning photos. Hope you and Dave have a relaxing weekend, you probably need to catch up on sleep and washing!! Take care
    Love Diane xxx

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    1. Hello my lovely blog friends, hope you've had a good day, it's been dry but cloudy here today but no rain yet! Had a lovely day, lunch out with my daughter then a little bit of shopping and a lazy evening planned. Take care everyone xxx

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    2. Evening Diane lovey to have time out with your daughter enjoy your lazy evening hugs xxx

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    3. Was that a little bit of craft shopping? Glad you had a nice day. XX

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    4. Hi Diane - pleased to hear that you've had a day off from washing and ironing! Shopping and lunch with your daughter sounds really nice to me - hugs Gilly xxx

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    5. Hi Diane,
      Pleased you've had a good day with your daughter. Hope the weekend is good for you too, love Alison xx

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  22. Wow Barbara so many stunning photos trees are so special and this one is a marster piece thank you for sharing have a lovley weekend xxx

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    1. Evening all my dear blog family of friends sending lots of hugs to you all hugs to all on the blog xxxx

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    2. Hope you are feeling better today, are you up to any crafting at the moment or are you just doing lots of planning? XX

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    3. Hi Sheila, hugs to you too. Have you been busy today?

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    4. Hi Sheila - I notice that you haven't said very much today! Would I be right in thinking that you've not had too good a day? Sending you very special healing hugs and love from Gilly xxx

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    5. Oh gilly your so right thank you for your hugs xxx
      Hi Julia I've been too Optitians this afternoon for my yearly check up need a stronger lens in my left eye due to my diabeties and cataract so that will help my crafting xxx
      Hi Donna no crafting today looking to do some more on my July calendar challange xxx

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    6. Hi Sheila,
      Sorry you haven't had such a good day. I've got to get to the opticians too but I keep putting it off as I know I'll have to get some more glasses and they are so expensive now. Hope you have a better day tomorrow, love and hugs Alison xx

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    7. Hope you have a pain free weekend xx

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    8. Ah Sheila - sorry to hear about today, lets hope that you will be able to do some of your calendar challenge tomorrow or Sunday - take care, love Gilly xxx

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    9. Sorry to hear you have had another painful day, I hope today is a better day xxx

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  23. I love trees and always take photos on vacation , l love your story and this amazing tree for the symbolism of the tree and the town folk and most of all for as you say---- compassion . More of that and kindness and we would all have a very happy world . Love and joy , jan

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  24. Hi Barbara, well what a wonderful story it is amazing. I had heard of this tree but did not know about it. What an amazing trip you had. Thank you for your private times. Lynn xx

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  25. Hello Barb,
    Fantastic tree and wonderful story, thank you. I am enjoying your holiday as much as you did!!!
    Maurreen xxx

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  26. What an extraordinary story and how wonderful Mother Nature is. Thanks for sharing that with us. X

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  27. What a fabulous tree, it is amazing what mother nature can do.

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    1. Hi Julia - have you got your books sorted for your holiday yet? Hugs Gilly xx

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    2. Hi Julia - one of my favourite books ever is called the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. It's written as a series of letters, and it's just a wonderful book x

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    3. Julia I've just thought of a book reading Guernsey in Susan's comment it's called HALF HIDDEN it's based in jersey in the war it's a lovley story but sad too xxx

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    4. Thanks Sheila & Susan and Gilly for mentioning it especially as I lived on Jersey for a couple of years in my 20's.

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  28. Hi Barbara, Wow !! these banyan trees are 'awesome', totally amazing how they 'reproduce', you are a mine of information to us.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  29. Hi Barbara, Wow !! these banyan trees are 'awesome', totally amazing how they 'reproduce', you are a mine of information to us.
    Lots of love from Patricia xx

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  30. Hi Barbara - what amazing photos and such a very interesting story too! Thank you for sharing this with us all - have a good weekend with Dave! Hugs Gilly x

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    1. Hi to all of my lovely blog friends - I hope that you have all had a good day! Our weather turned last night and we had quite a lot of rain, and we had mizzle for most of today. My friend came round this afternoon and brought one of her home made lemon drizzle cakes, for us to have with our cups of tea - beautiful! Then Neill took me out for a meal this evening, and when we came out, we looked out to sea and we saw a Tall Ship making her way into Charlestown Harbour. We wished that we had the camera with us, as it's quite rare to see one in full sail - truly a magnificent sight. Perfect end to a perfect day! Love and hugs to you all, Gilly xxx

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    2. Evening gilly so pleased you had a wonderful day that ended so beautiful you deserve a special treat hugs xxx

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    3. Bless you Sheila - you are such a kind person! You still haven't said how you have been today? Knowing you, not so good - but not wanting to say - extra special hugs Gilly xxx

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    4. Gilly Just put a little message up to yours on mine how thoughtful you are hugs xxx

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    5. Hi Gilly,
      Well it sounds as though you have had a lovely day - you deserve it. The tall ships are lovely when in full sail aren't they. Hope you have a good weekend, Love and hugs Alison xx

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    6. So glad you both had such a lovely day xx

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    7. That sounds perfect Gilly, one of those moments that was meant to be. Isn't that typical about the camera, although thank goodness for camera phones these days! Xxx

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  31. Hi Barbara what a lovely story had heard about the Banyan tree but not how it grew and the story behind it thank you for blogging this what a beautiful thing to see and learn about and photograph on your journey.
    When we bought our wee house the tree in the green area outside my home had just been planted and had a wooden support for a long time and had been photographed many times over the years with my children and now my grandchildren in the autumn winter spring and summer and now 40 years later it towers above the our wee home a reminder how we have grown as a family along with it.
    Love and take care..HUG A TREE TODAY..love Dot..xx

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    1. What a lovely tale about your tree Dorothy xx

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    2. Dorothy you brought tears to my eyes ,a warm and loving tree to wrap around your loving family so many loving memories you keep .and in that hug a tree you have brought back a special family memory for me thank you dear blog friend loving hugs xxx

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    3. Hi Dot,
      You must have some lovely memories when you look at the tree. Love and hugs Alison xxx

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    4. What a lovely way to remember how you have all grown xx

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    5. Dot what a lovely thought the tree growing with you and providing support and shelter ( and many games no doubt!). Xxx

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  32. Evening all bloggy pals a bit busy looking after "Charlie" (Ians name)..See Brenda's comments.. the wee crow wee Ian found tonight looks like I've fostered him for the night Ah well what are Grans for Eh! Ian is staying over to but Charlie is sleeping now so hope R.S.P.C.A. Get's my call the morra he's a beautiful bird really settled and now think's I'm his Mum could be a long night..XX

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    1. you'll need to get Ian out in the garden with the torch finding insects or worms or something for it to eat! And make sure it's got water too. Good luck! xx

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    2. Happy crow sitting xxx

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    3. Hi Dot,
      You are braver than me - I am terrified of birds! I love to see them but if they come anywhere near me I am traumatised! Walking through Hyde Park is no an easy thing for me when we visit London !!! Have a good weekend, Love and hugs Alison xx

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    4. We have a pair of crows that have spent the spring and summer in our garden for three years now. No "crowlets" seem to be produced but the male wakes us at 5 in the morning throwing himself at the patio door which does not always endear him to us xx

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    5. Ah Dot - I bet you never thought that you would ever be 'crow sitting'! Good luck with it all, love and hugs Gilly xx

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    6. Oh Dot the things we do, I hope you've had a good nights sleep xxx

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    7. I have images of you doing what the seagulls do to get the worms to come out of the ground - running on the spot in your back garden.

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  33. What an interesting peek you've given us today Barbara, and that's another random fact that will probably stay with me forever - if only I could remember what the day of the week is, or something equally useful in daily life! x

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  34. Barbara do you think we could have the tree made into a groovi plate ? Xxx

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  35. Hi Barb,
    What a brilliant post today. That tree is fabulous. I love these peeks into your holiday ( I hope that doesn't sound strange and pervy!!). I like the idea of the tree on a Groovi plate. Hope you're over your jet lag now. Love and hugs Alison xx

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    1. It's the right sort of peek Alison and one we can all share and enjoy xx

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    2. Hi to all my blog friends,
      We've gone backwards weather wise today. Cloudy all day, drizzly and then rain. It's actually quite cold again tonight! I just hope we haven't had summer! Had to take my sister and brother in law up to Newcastle Airport today but managed some crafting this afternoon. Used Jaynes trumpet lilies plate to do a wedding anniversary card which I was really pleased with. Must get around to the challenges as well, so need to get my brain in gear. Have a good weekend everyone, love and hugs Alison xxx
      Special hugs for Pam xx

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    3. Alison so pleased you have been Groovi-ing and pleased with what you have made hugs xxx

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  36. Hi Barb, another great blog post. I love it when you share these types of stories with us, they are fabulous. Great pics. Bx

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  37. Hi Barbara

    Fascinating to learn about the banyan tree!

    Have a great weekend

    June x

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Thank you for your kind messages and I hope you get inspiration from my ramblings.

Barb x