This tree is on the property of our very nice neighbours Chuck and Ruth Steele. They live in the house that Carl and Lois Gordon and their family lived in when my siblings and I were growing up in Queensborough; and I only very recently found out that that house was the rectory for Queensborough’s Anglican Church, long closed (even when we lived there in the 1960s) but still (in 2012) extant, a simple and elegant board-and-batten building. Anyway, Chuck and Ruth also own the adjacent property where Will and Isabelle Holmes’s home and garden were in our day. (That makes them our neighbours across the road – Bosley Road, that is.)
So the tree is on what used to be the Holmeses’ place, but it must have been much, much smaller back in the ’60s and ’70s or it would have dwarfed their house. While I do remember their home being in the shade of a tree, it was nothing like as large as this one is.
It is a beautiful and unusual tree. I don’t know what kind of tree it is; botany is not my specialty, by a long shot. But it is especially beautiful when the wind blows through its branches, and most especially in a late afternoon when the sun comes out after the rain and shines on it from the west while still-dark-blue clouds are behind it. That’s when Raymond took this photo.
“It’s the tree of life,” he announced to me. And the Manse faces on to it. A clear view to the Tree of Life: perfect.