“Nearly every morning I go to the attic to blow the stuffy air out of my lungs,
from my favorite spot on the floor I look up at the blue sky and the bare chestnut tree,
on whose branches little raindrops shine, appearing like silver,and at the seagulls and
other birds as they glide on the wind. As long as this exists, I thought, and I may live to see it,
this sunshine, the cloudless skies, while this lasts I cannot be unhappy.”
Read the full story of this amazing tree and it’s journey, inspiring not only Anne Frank, but many others still to this day, as it lives on from it’s original home in Amsterdam, as a young cutting in Emma Thompson’s Garden and another in the grounds of UCS and how I came to be inspired to paint it.
“How wonderful it is that no one has to wait but can start right now
to gradually change the world.” Anne Frank
“As long as this exists, this sunshine and this cloudless sky and as long as I can enjoy it how can I be sad.”
Anne Frank died aged 15 after hiding from her persecutors for 2 years, enclosed in a secret attic, where this beautiful chestnut tree was her only link with nature.
In her all too short life, she realised how hatred of others because of racial differences was the root of so much needless destruction. Alas, Anne was never given time to blossom because she was Jewish, and still today in the world we are confronted by so many children not given time to blossom because of intolerance and violent hatred.