We had a lovely day out at Wisley over half term and my mum enjoyed talking to the children about the various types of plants and trees – and remembering not to use the Latin name as it makes the children go a bit cross-eyed.
Trying to get into the spirit of things, I was desperately searching for any plant I could actually identify. (My mum has green fingers but sadly I didn’t inherit any of the gardening genes).
At one point we were looking for the children’s playground and one of the Wisley staff pointed to the tree-laden horizon and said “It’s over there right next to the Oak Tree.” I had to ask: “Which is the Oak tree?” ( I can recognise them close to, of course, but not on the horizon!) Mum rather sweetly tried to spare my embarrassment saying – “Well, it’s a very unusual shape for an Oak!!” Not so unusual she and Wisley-man didn’t recognise it though!
Anyway, just as we were leaving and admiring a stream gurgling alongside the footpath, I spotted some plants I not only recognised but could name.
” Ah children, do you know what those are?” I said pointing very specifically to the plants.
“Grass” said my daughter. ” Reeds,” countered my son.
” Yes very good but what kinds of reeds?”
“You must have read aout them in the Bible”, I suggested. ” You know – the story of Moses?”
“A woman is trying to save baby Moses when the wicked King is trying to kill all the boy babies”
“Oh yes I know that story,” my daughter says. I should add perhaps that they do go to a church primary school !
“And what does she use to help her? It starts with bull…” I said helpfully ” Bull…”
“Bulldozers! Yes – bulldozers,” they shout triumphantly.
Bulldozers? thousands of years ago. Moses was hidden in a trench dug out by bulldozers. Or bulldozers were used to fight off the King’s men. Or Moses was hidden in a bulldozer. The story is definitely due for a modern makeover!