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Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola; Pine Green

Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

 

Acton Burnell Castle, Shropshire, UK

Acton Burnell Castle, Shropshire, UK

 

The Weird, Scary, Trees at Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

The Weird, Scary, Trees at Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

 

Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

Acton Burnell Castle, Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK

The scariest forest that I have been in was at the Acton Burnell Castle in Acton Burnell, Shropeshire, UK. My relatives once lived there (late 1200’s) so while doing some genealogy research in the UK, I decided to check this place out. It felt so creepy walking to the ruins of this castle. We had to make our way through a forest of weird mossy green, colored trees that looked like they were sunk into the ground at branch level. No tree trunks! I felt they could reach out, pull you down and suck you under, in one long gasp!  I got the feeling something terrible had happened here. One of my extra senses was on high alert! The forest trees were a mixture of the weird shaped trees and pine, but when we got to the ruins itself, only the very tall pines were left.

My relative, Robert Burnell, Bishop of Bath and Wells, was allowed to build a fortified manor house here because he had been a confidant and advisor, for more than thirty years, to King Edward I. One of the first Parliaments between the Commoners and the Lords was held here in the Autumn of 1283 and the Law of Acton Burnell was passed at that time. That statute provided an easier recovery of debts by merchants. It encouraged foreign trade in England. Defaulting debtors could be kept in prison on bread and water at their own expense, until debts were paid! Now that would make you look forward to the end of the month!

So here we are with a photo of Pine Green, the name given to Dark Green when Crayola added new colors to the line in 1958!

This post is just one of many in the Color Your World: 120 Days of Crayola Challenge! Enjoy!

 

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