The Green Man and his Pub

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Where I grew up, in the 80s, this was my ‘local’… ‘The Green Man’ pub in the Hertfordshire village of Great wymondley.

I didn’t think much of the name back then, but now, having an  interest in folklore, it seemed ripe for investigation… 

The origin of the name is not as simple as it may first appear… and leads me down the road of pub history, along with further research into the green man as many of us know it, the foliate face carvings we often see in churches.

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Treelore

 

On and off throughout the last few years I have made a series of Youtube videos I call treelore‘ – basically a summarised narration of my research concerning the folklore surrounding a particular species of tree.

I usually try to keep them short, not including the more obscure or regional specific folklore of the trees –  as this is Youtube – a place where people tend to expect short-and-sweet homemade videos – not hour long master documentaries… but the latest entry  in this series, THE ASH, has actually turned out to be the longest, at close to six minutes.   I guess I had a lot to say this time, and yet still found myself adding a disclaimer:

‘Remember… these videos only begin to delve into all the strange and unusual tales throughout folk history… If treelore interests you, there are many rewards to be had by seeking out books and websites for yourself… or visiting the trees and having a chat 🙂   ‘

For that is what I do.

I read through my books – looking up all the times that the tree is mentioned in the index… I look online at the various tree / druid and pagan based websites… and I write down the things written which interest me, spot those that are duplicated for authenticity and importance, and then rewrite it all into a form I feel will be pleasing to listen to.  But just as importantly… I visit the tree.

There is a hill near to where I live… I can see the hill from the front windows of my house… and atop of that hill there is a tree which stands out a little from the rest…  But, because the hill is steep and I have some physical disabilities, I have been dissuaded from making that journey.  For two years I lived in this house, looking up to that place, thinking ‘one day I will go there and meet that tree’.  

Eventually – I did it… and it was like a pilgrimage.

The tree turned out to be an ash… split and burnt inside… perhaps by lightning… but alive and standing alone looking over at the best view you can get of this village.  And behind it there are other, smaller, ash trees… along with other species including oak, beech and hawthorn.

I’ve been up there twice now… enjoying the company of that tree and its brethren… taking in the view, shooting some film, and generally being alone with nature for a change… it’s a world apart from the humdrum modern comings and goings of the place below it…

I hope you enjoy the video, and perhaps you will be encouraged to look into this fascinating subject for yourselves.

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Olde music

The music I make as ‘IN-WOODS’ may sound weird to some people… certainly it seems to come from somewhere old that still resides deep within this otherwise 70s born frame…

The tracks always come out quite short – and although I play around with extending them, I am always happier to leave them as they were… hopefully evoking some ancient lost feeling and then walking back away into the forest.

Yes, for some it might be a little odd… but I prefer unusually archaic… 

Anyway, here are a couple of my latest tracks… so you can decide for yourself:

 

 

 

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Eco-literature

I didn’t even know that ‘eco-fiction’ was a ‘thing’ !  But yes… it is something which has been growing for years within the midst of other genres and there are now websites and many authors who identify as such… writing stories and novels with ecological themes either in the fore or background of the story… but which basically acknowledge the environment as well as, and perhaps equal to, the human characters.

WIKI PAGE – ECO-FICTION

Both of my novels were written without genre in mind…  I simply wrote, and said what I wanted to say… but they do happen to fit in with this niche .  And so I am happy to have ‘Forgotten Things’, at least, listed on the main eco-fiction website:

ECO-FICTION: ‘Forgotten Things’

Arguably, my second novel, ‘Paradise shift’ fits even better into the eco-fiction bracket… with its whole idealistic viewpoint that with fewer people our Earth could heal itself from our polluting influence and fix its disrupted biodiversity… it is certainly (cynically) eco at heart.

But…  I need more reviews for ‘Paradise Shift’  if it is to be considered… so if you have read that book and have something positive to say about it – please do take the time to rate it on Amazon and/or goodreads.

Blessings.  

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Hi… I’m planning to use this space to write and share thoughts / pieces of prose / news / artistic endeavours and even just chat about things I’ve been doing… etc

I’m not thinking of it as a ‘blog’, but rather like a scrapbook of evoking tidbits.

Please click the button and you’ll receive emails notifications of when something new is added here…

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Blessings, Stephen.

 

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