Monday, December 03, 2012

Desperately Seeking Holly.

We have lots of holly bushes around here but few with bright red Christms berries. Found one today.

Norman hedges are more like medieval fortifications with oak and beech towering over, hazel and ash below, and the bottom is lined with holly and blackberry bushes. No wonder the Allies got stuck in the Normandy 'bocage' when they landed in 1944. They'd trained to jump over the English garden hedges, not go through the Norman thickets. One clever American sergeant thought of welding a piece of railing to the front of a Sherman tank, thus giving birth to 'rhinoceros' tanks which rammed and ripped up passing places in the hedges. Ike instantly approved it and the battle was won.

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