Being connected to the land takes on a whole new meaning when trying to use a Botanists Guide To Genealogy, but that’s exactly what I’m doing as I try and unlock the secretsof theCrypt the GRandpa Cooke left behind in the form of bushes, trees, plants, and arrangement of the flora and fauna.
Dogberries — 150 kinnikinik bushes with white berries.
Poplar Tree With Chaga — Large Gouges HAving Filled in with Diamond designs.
One Willow Palm —
Red Willow — Diamond Willow — 6 Inches Diameter — 35 Feet High Clusters in the Water — 100 clusters.
Birch Clusters — approx. 20 years old. — 15 clusters, plus backwood supply of 400 trees.
Black Poplar – Large – 120 Foot High — Rigid Bark and HEavy Woodpecker activity.
Large Microbial Undergrowth with over 14 types of mushrooms. — average of 3-5 mushrooms per week in June-August.
Tamarack or Canadian Larch – FOund in Muskeg Valley. — 200 trees
CLoudberries – low foliage blended in the moss found in 2014 – August. — 100 plants
*Saskatoon Trees of 4″ Diameter and scaling 40 feet high and appearing to be MATURE. — Bent and mixed with Spruce Trees often growing into the foliage. — 50 trees
Large Abundant Crop of Wild Rose Bushes and Rose Hips – 100 bushes
Large Gooseberry or Black / Red Currant Bushes: 12 bushes
Pine Trees == First introduction of Pine Trees occurred in November 2014 when I planted three Baby Pines approx. 2 feet high, but the Hares have eaten them.
Blue Spruce — I know where there are some Blue Spruce.
Trees appear to be planted in square or diamond formations, approx, 10 feet by 10 feet X patterns, similar to those found on the old crests.
Also, large rocks, and rocks that appear to have been burnt by acid, as well as stone tools such as broadheads, and petrified bone antler.
Strategic (possible) elevation differences that change the landscape both in the hydrology and soil area.
The more I work with the trees, I can’t help but feel that someone (GRandpa George Cooke) had laid the groundwork for something just a wee bit bigger than an old house on a hill, but I can’t quite figure it out.
I have made a call to the Church of England to retreive the records from the Diocese to see if the educational methods that Grandpa Cooke deployed — where I am currently living — is aligned to an intelligible method. Having his PhD in Botany and Agriculture from England in the early 1900s gave GRandpa Cooke a keen eye for seeding, and some of the designs seem to be too intuitive to be natural. It could be the handiwork of God, but I prefer to believe that Grandpa Cooke had some secret in his agriculture….what could it be???
My efforts have led me to some of the myths that surround the Cookes of Harefield and their use of sculpture as a means to bring the dead back to life.
In an effort to make this connection to my heritage, I built the most symbolic item I could think of, a Church, and dedicated it to the Church of England in memory of George Cooke, who planted a seed that changed the land.
My church uses an innovative design with the window patterns. I made the base of the 16 foot by 18 foot crypt 9 feet high and added a base beam, then added a base beam at 14 feet, and another base beam at 16 feet with the apex at 22 feet. The interiour can function as a straight tower, or convert to three floors with the crypt and loft in action.
Dungeon windows are set with open patterns for cutting or closing so that the foundation is not compromised.
The NW corner appears to be floating since both the NW and W side where they meet at the corner is glass, and the opposite corner is also glass, and 3 layers of glass run the west side of the wall so that the sun can fills the chamber, as well as shine directly through one side and out the other from noon to 3 during some periods of the year.
There is a lower entrance as wellas a second floor entrance, and was made entirely by hand, by myself, Robert Chernish Cooke, great descendant of Great George Cooke, circa 2013, NE-24-67-24-W5, one of the original pioneers to helped establish Alberta as a Province in 1911, and the County of Athabasca School System, and an intricate botany that remains to be ciphered.