About 32 years ago, a 12 year-old boy put an acorn in the earth of a vacant one-acre paddock. The acorn stayed there, seemingly doing nothing for a while, but, by the time a house was being built on the land, the acorn had already started sending a small shoot upwards.
We admired the little shoot and laughingly marvelled at the thought of such a small thing coming to life “just like that”.
And the little acorn grew into an oak tree and, about 20 years later, grandchildren of the owners climbed into its welcoming branches. Each time the grandchildren visited they climbed higher as the tree grew
There were times when the children hid from the adults and could hardly be seen as they scaled the branches and the leaves covered them.
And now we are going to leave the oak tree to new owners. The new owners have small grandchildren who we hope will enjoy the climbing and the hiding made possible by this magnificent tree.
Two things this proves: one is that “from little things, big things grow” and, two, English oaks do grow well in Australia.
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