I call it "If Napoleon Was A Tree"
When Elizabeth announced Tree as our theme. My mind went in a million directions. Christmas, Pines, Lone tree in the sunset, Snow covered tree, Large trunk/root system, Or even piled split logs. When I thought back to a large cut round in the Milwaukee Public Museum, I knew that's what I wanted to do!
Now, I'm sure you're wondering, why Napoleon? When I originally came up with the idea, I thought that perhaps I'd tag major events in my own life. However, the more I thought about it, the more creepy it was, as if my 'tree had been cut down.' Anyway. I had about 48 rings marked out, so my thoughts turned to my mother, but it was just too personal. So, Google to the rescue. I simply started searching on dead famous people and came across Napoleon Bonaparte who had died at age 51. I knew I could squeeze in a few more rings, and thus: "If Napoleon Was A Tree" was born. I narrowed major events in his life down to 16.
August 15, 1769: ·Napoleon Bonaparte born in Ajaccio, Corsica.
March 2, 1786: ·Napoleon is given command of the French army in Italy
March 9, 1796: ·Napoleon marries Josephine
August 1, 1798: ·Under the command of Admiral Nelson, the British fleet destroys the French navy in the Battle of Aboukir
November 9-10, 1799: ·Following a coup d'etat, Napoleon becomes First Consul of the new French government
March 25, 1802: ·Treaty of Amiens signed with Britain
May 3, 1803: ·France sells Louisiana territory to U.S.
May 18, 1804: ·Senate proclaims Napoleon Emperor
March 17, 1805: ·Napoleon is crowned king of Italy in Milan
October 21, 1805: ·The Battle of Trafalgar marks yet another naval defeat to the British under the command of Admiral Nelson
July 22, 1807: ·Napoleon creates the Grand Duchy of Warsaw (Poland), to be overseen by France
1810: ·Marries Marie-Louise, Archduchess of Austria
1814: ·Napoleon abdicates his rule and Louis XVIII, a Bourbon, is restored to the French throne ; Napoleon is exiled to Elba
June 18, 1815: ·Defeated in the Battle of Waterloo
June 22, 1815: ·Abdicates for the second time
October 16, 1815: ·Napoleon is exiled to Saint Helena
March 5, 1821: ·Napoleon dies
If Napoleon was a tree...I think he'd either be a Buckthorn which is an invasive species around here that is hard to kill, or a Locust Tree. Fast growing and hard to kill, but ultimately short lived as far as trees go.w
I'll do another post on the details of putting it together.
I am going to schedule this to post at midnight, because internet has been sketchy here. I will update with links from Elizabeth, Betty, and Leanne as I get the chance.