Spike in Toby Tree
When I bought my property last year, the paperwork included a sketch of the property boundaries. I was immediately fascinated by the corner marked "SPIKE IN TOBY TREE", and that's the first thing I went looking for, and I still haven't found it. I still only know where one of the corners is if I can trust the iron pipe I found. Another corner is supposed to be a fence post, and I've seen a few badly rotten ones, take your pick. The third corner is an iron pin somewhere in the woods and I'm sure I've been within a stone's throw. And then there's the toby tree which surely is one of the trees along the road, unless it's gone.
What I am curious about is, if a surveyor puts a spike in a tree in 1986, what would it look like then? Would the spike be, say, knee level or eye level? Which way would the spike face? How much does a tree grow in 30+ years and what happens to the spike? Does it end up inside the tree? When you put a spike in a tree, how many years do you expect it to be a useful monument? Surely you would be well aware that trees grow and change and get old and fall some day?
In my part of the world it would be a nail in the tree root. Most likely 20D or bigger left sticking up about an inch. After 32 years its probably sucked in and grown over.
"Sudden fits of inadvertence will surprise vigilance, slight avocations will seduce attention, and casual eclipses of the mind will darken learning." – Dr. Samuel Johnson