Interesting tree and interesting thoughts about it in your blog, too! (As always). One more enjoyable tb2-photo and story! The only thing I am missing just a little is scale ... the rocks suggest this tree is not really big, but how tall would a grown-up man show against it (just so I can better imagine), can you tell?
It's sometimes hard to know whether to describe hawthorn as a tree or a bush. As bushes they are big - as trees they are small! This is a small tree, and the height of the trunk(s) up to the point where the many branches start is no more than 2 metres.