|chêne kermès/chêne de garrigues: kermes oak|
|-this Oak is particular to the Mediterranean zone.|
There are 550-600 (depending on which site you read) different species of Oak Tree in the world. There is an oak tree in the Sherwood Foest called 'The Great Oak of Sherwood' they say is between 800-1000 years old.
The following Oak tree folklore information is at: (http://celticmythpodshow.com/blog/oak-tree-in-lore-and-myth/)
-if two acorns are dropped in the same bowl of water, a couple can divine their future plans. If the acorns float together, they will marry — if the acorns drift apart, the couple will drift apart.
-carrying an acorn at all times will prevent old age from coming on, prevent illness, increase fertility and strengthen sexual potency.
-carry a small piece of oak for good luck.
-Oak Apples (galls) on an Oak tree are made by a worm. The person who finds the worm will be assured of riches and prosperity.
-essence of the oak flower will prevent despondency and despair.
-in German lore, it was believed that children came from an ancient hollow Oak tree.
-to plant an acorn after the sun goes down will ensure fortune in the near future.
-Oak fires draw illnesses away.
-tie two twigs together with red thread, like a cross, to guard against evil.
-place acorns on window sills to guard against harm and lightning.
-catch a falling oak leaf and you will be free from colds all winter.
-if acorns are gathered by the light of the full moon, good faerie talismans can be made of them.
And for my Canadian West Coast readers: from Wikipedia-
<In British Columbia, the Garry oak occurs on the Gulf Islands and southeastern Vancouver Island, from west of Victoria along the east side of the island up to the Campbell River area. There are also small populations along the Fraser River on the British Columbia mainland.>
Once again things I do not know that I think I should know stagger me!
Happy a good day everyone.