Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The Linden Tree Isle

I've never been extremely fond of my name. I have been even less fond of it's spelling. My mother has forever cursed me with a name that will never be spelled correctly. But, I do love my nicknames or the shortened versions of my name: Lyn, Lyndz, Lu, and Lulu. I've grown out of Lu & Lulu. I hope to resurrect "Lu" whenever I become and aunt. "Aunt Lu" just sounds right. I'll be one of those quirky, fun, eccentric aunts. My models are my own Auntie Aud and Aunt Bea from Ramona and Beezus.
I also love the meaning of my name and that it's English. I love it so much that I chose it for my blog title.

The Linden Tree Isle

Isn't that just sweet? Linden trees are a beautiful thing and the flowers themselves are just exquisite.
They make a really nasty tea as well.




I learned some interesting Linden facts whilst perusing her Wiki page. And, I am sure you know that there is no other educational tool more reliable than Wikipedia:

Linden trees can grow to be rather ancient. 1000 years ancient.

Apparantly you can find the linden tree in all sorts of places: Norway, America, Germany, Poland, England, Canada...

The timber was often used for constructing Viking shields. I don't know why and I have no reason to feel this way, but that fact makes me feel pretty badass.

The wood is also often used for instruments.

The flower holds great medicinal value.

In the Slavic Orthodox Christian world, the linden tree was the preferred wood for panel icon painting.

In Germanic folklore, the linden tree is "the tree of lovers". Okay.....

Unter den Linden is an avenue in Berlin lined with linden trees.

Did you know??? Now you know!!!


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