Sunday, 29 May 2016

Oak Apple Day

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Did you know that today is Oak Apple Day? Between 1660 to 1859, when the Victorians abolished it, 29th May was a National holiday in England.

Following the Battle of Worcester in 1651, King Charles II was pursued by Oliver Cromwell's troops and had to hide in an oak tree in the grounds of Boscobel Hall in Shropshire before fleeing the country.  However, nine years later when the Protectorate came to an end and the Monarchy was Restored, Charles II was crowned on his birthday, 29th May and to show Royalist support, people would wear a sprig of oak leaves each year on that day - Oak Apple Day - in commemoration of the events.


I have been trying to spot oak apples on my walk today, but could only find this rather mouldy one! Sometimes they are pink and white but this looks like an old one. What is it though? They are galls which have been injected with larvae by a tiny gall wasp. Apparently, there are a number of chambers inside with larvae in each which develop until the adults eat their way out in June/July.

I probably wouldn't have known about Oak Apple Day if it hadn't been my Grandmother's birthday as well and I fondly remember her wearing her oak apple and leaves and being very proud. She would have been 123 today.


Bye for now


11 comments:

  1. Happy Oak Apple Day! Your grandmother looks a lovely lady. My mum used to tell me about Oak Apple Day, she would have been 100 this year:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, she was. They both lived through difficult times didn't they. :-)

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  2. Fascinating stuff. I didn't know about it. X

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    1. You learn something new every day! x

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  3. What a lovely post! I've only heard of Oak Apple Day once before and am fascinated to read all about it in your post. Thank you for sharing, and how lovely to see and hear about your grandmother.
    Cathy x

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  4. I remember my grandmother and great aunts talking about Oak Apple day and knew it was something to do with King Charles II hiding in an oak tree but nothing more than that. I love finding out about these snippets of our history. xx

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    1. It's interesting how these things are handed down the generations. x

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    2. It's interesting how these things are handed down the generations. x

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  5. We have seen the very tree at Boscobel in Shropshire. I have never hard about Oak Apple Day, how fascinating. Your grandma had a lovely smile xx

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    1. Oh good, it all makes sense then! She was a lovely lady full of fun x

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