On Monday night we went over to La Rabiniere at Betz-le-Chateau to a book talk organised by the “Champs des Livres” association. Mainly because I am fascinated by trees...
The author was a man passionate about “Les trognes” which is the main title of his book.
That passionate man, Dominique Mansion, founded and runs the Maison Botanique at Boursay in Loir et Cher.
He spoke of the history of the trogne, the reasons, the wildlife… he
spoke quietly, intensely and with burst of loud emphasis. He was utterly
captivating… so much so that I would have bought the book afterwards…
if I hadn’t already bought a copy as we went in!!
His illustrations are marvelous… both
detailed where needed and beautifully freely drawn where the impression
is what counts.
The trogne goes back to prehistory… but for more of that follow this link to Art en Saule our website about the "Pre de la Forge" as well as discovering the reason behind his continued fascination with "Les Trognes"
I pollarded our old willows because I love trees and knew that they
were old and needed a haircut… I was also aware of the wildlife that a
pollarded tree supports… but my knowledge pales beside Dominique’s!
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