SU0212 : Old apple tree, Frenchs Farm

taken 6 years ago, near to Wimborne st Giles, Dorset, Great Britain

Old apple tree, Frenchs Farm
Old apple tree, Frenchs Farm
The old apple tree has a number of clumps of mistletoe growing on it.

The mistletoe, which provides an excuse for stealing a kiss at Christmas, is said to have earned its status for some unfortunate misdemeanour as a result of which the Old Gods condemned it to look on for evermore while pretty girls were kissed! In some rural areas of England it is still said that if a girl is not kissed under the mistletoe before her marriage she will be barren all her days. A more likely explanation lies in the fact that the plant was held to be sacred by the Druids, who called it the 'Golden Bough' and featured it in their religious worship.

The tree is also said to be a 'thunder plant' and can protect a house from storms, and when chopped up and boiled is an antidote for poisons.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 28 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Submitted
Thursday, 2 February, 2012
Geographical Context
Farm, Fishery, Market Gardening  Village, Rural settlement 
Place (from Tags)
Wimborne St Giles 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0284 1244 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:54.6852N 1:57.6585W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 0284 1245
View Direction
South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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