Pub scenes from around the world: quirky but lovable

Tomorrow you are getting your weekly Mansion Treat from Jane - a day early - as Sunday is a special day in American which we want to celebrate and share.

Drinking a beer inside a tree? You wouldn’t think one person, let alone a crowd would fit, but it was possible inside this old Baobab tree which once sat in the middle of a field in Modjadjiskloof, South Africa. It was 72 feet tall, 155 wide and, 1,700 years old.1

The Baobab Bar tree in Modjadjiskloof, South Africa (1)

Parties raged for years in the bar. But in August 2016, the first sign of trouble started to show when a third of the trunk crashed to the ground. People online blamed the bar inside, but the owners wrote on YouTube that the breakage was due to heavy rainfall in the tree that caused rotting.1

“Scientists have assured us that the tree is not dying and are going to do tests on it,” the Sunland Baobab YouTube account wrote. “It is not because there is a bar inside of the tree, the bar was put there because the tree was naturally hollowed out, as baobabs do.”1

Furthermore, it was “still open, still awesome, and probably one of the very few trees where you can see the inside from outside.”1

Inside the Baobab Bar tree Photo via Sunland Baobab / Facebook (1)

The trunk had a 155-foot circumference and was wide enough to fit 40 people inside it. It even had its own cellar with natural ventilation to keep the beer cool!2

The pub was owned by the van Heerdens, who decided to open a pub when they discovered a natural hollow in the tree in the 1980s. While clearing out the hollow centre of the tree trunk, the van Heerdens found historical evidence of Bushmen who may have once lived in the tree.2

Here on the AnArt4Life blog we are right into baobabs and their Aussie cousins the boab tree. If you share this passion you might like to check out some of our previous posts on these remarkable members of the tree family.

The Alluring Baobab and Boab Trees
Naive artist Rowdy Wylie and I both love the mystical boab tree. Today we launch a series of posts - starting with their cousins the baobab found in Africa and Madagascar. And you will see the most expensive painting sold in South Africa which just happens to be of a baobab tree.
Fascination with the Aussie boab tree
Moving from Africa we go in search of the boab tree, cousin to the baobab. The boab only grows in the north west of Australia - in Kimberley country. Artists have been fascinated for generations with the boab - today we showcase some examples from Fred Williams, Jack Absalom, Rowdy Wylie.
Boab drama
A showcase post where expressionistic paintings of boabs are presented by Jos Coufreur, Rex Woodlands, Majorie Fisher, Sally Chandler, Mark Blume, Pam Hume.
The Boab - Story Teller - the Indigenous View
Indigenous Australians are story tellers and today Rowdy and Anne tell a little about the relationship they have with the boab tree. Includes works by Paddy (Jampin) Jaminji, April Nulgit, Charlene Carrington, Ju Ju Wilson, Jack Wherra Paddy Jaminji, Peggy Patrick, Desma Mengil.