Why Oh Wye Oak
This weekend we went to the Eastern Shore and saw, quite by accident, The Wye Oak (deceased). Of course we stopped to have a look, and it was a remarkable thing. We have recently purchased a property with several huge old white oaks I adore, but they are just saplings in comparison to this – it was 31 feet around.
The Wye Oak sprouted in about 1450-1500AD and it apparently grew happily for the next 500+ years – through all of these interesting events (just to put it in perspective):
End of 100 Years War; English expelled from all France except Calais (1453)
Leonardo DaVinci designed the first parachute.(1485)
Columbus discovers West Indies (1492)
Pocket watch invented by Peter Henlein. (1510)
Suleiman the Magnificent invades Hungary (1532)