― Eve Ensler
There are certainly times in my life when I just need to be alone, there are times when I need my own space to process. Just recently I feel like my life has changed so much in such a short amount of time and I don’t think I always process everything straight away so I take myself away for a few hours, switch my phone off and enjoy my own thoughts.
Last week I did just that with a trip to my favourite garden, Biddulph gardens is a beautiful national trust property about thirty minutes away from my home and is the perfect place to sit, think and take in nature. Despite the fact I must have visited a good twenty times in the last year I’m always surprised by something new, I have watched the garden go from season to season. I have made some big life decisions while visiting the gardens and always return when I have something on my mind.
I must have walked around constantly for about three hours while I went over the same three problems in my head, only stopping to take in the pretty views or smell some flowers. Eventually all my problems faded away and I forgot what it was that made me upset in the first place. That is the magic within nature, when your surrounded by beauty and an ever changing view it’s hard to imagine anything being permanent, even your problems.
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
—Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
Naturally I couldn’t visit a National trust site without stopping for a scone with clotted cream and jam. Refuelled with coffee and scones I made my way back into the gardens and enjoyed a afternoon stroll.
There is a way that nature speaks, that land speaks. Most of the time we are simply not patient enough, quiet enough, to pay attention to the story.
Feeling like myself again I decided to spend the rest of the afternoon with friends so I picked them up and headed to our favourite place…………
Of course it involved ice cream……
We even made a new friend, although no one told him that I don’t share my ice cream.