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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