|Olive trees in the Provence|
Photo take a few years ago
Anybody who lives close to the sea knows one thing about trees: they grow lopsided. It's not that they want to grow that way, but they are forced to grow that way. By the wind of course, not by some nasty person holding a gun at their crown threatening to cut them down to firewood if they don't do as they are told.
But those lopsided trees can be quite dangerous. If they lop too far, they might topple over, so occasionally those trees are cut down. The wood is then sent to flat pack furniture makers who turn them into nice tables and chairs and wardrobes. So far, so good.
You go to the nice flat pack furniture sales room and find something you like. You buy it, take it home, curse all the way because there is another screw missing and finally have it set up. It may wobble a bit, but whatever. And then you wake up the next morning and you find that the table has moved. The chair has fallen over and the wardrobe stands sideways. What's going on?
Well, because it's made of wood that was so heavily influenced by the wind, the wood is infected you could say. And even though it's now a chair or a table or a whatever, it's still influenced by the wind. So, even the slightest breeze will make it move. And if there is a hurricane force wind you are sure to have a house that looks like it's been ransacked.
The solution? Nail everything to the wall and/or floor. Problem solved!!
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