LD 123 "A wood of birch trees, standing tall, ...
I saw this in passing this morning and took a picture because it reminded me of something which I couldn't quite place.
Then it came to me :
"Hallaig is where they survive,
All the MacLeans and MacLeads
Who were there in the time of Mac Gille Chaluim:
The dead have been seen alive,
The men at their length on the grass
At the gable of every house,
The girls a wood of birch trees
Standing tall, with their heads bowed."
The birch features again and again in that wonderful poem, and this translation is by the great Seamus Heaney.