Climb the well-worn steps
where the campanula sprawl
in dainty beauty
Under the leafy boughs
A place for contemplation
and quiet reflection
Where red and green leaves
swathe the walls and frame lattice windows.
We follow the perfumed paths overlooking the fields
and walk beside dry stone walls dotted with overhanging snapdragons
and ferns growing tall.
and here and there through the trees and flowers
a house appears
The peace is hardly broken by the gentle buzz of bees among the flowers
and behind the abundant red valerian sits the house.
The simplicity of a stone wall
where lichen has etched colour and texture
and plants seek out nooks and crannies in which to grow
Walls have such stories to tell,
don't you think?
This one leads us to a five-bar gate and the fields beyond.
Among the reeds,
elegant bird sculptures
inhabit a pond
Old-fashioned roses flounce their petal skirts
inviting us to drown ourselves in their loveliness
until we see nothing else.
Feel the soft grass beneath your feet
and drink in the beauty of an English country garden.
My trip to England in June was full of many joys
and whenever I go to my home-country,
visiting lovely gardens is always at the top of my list!
This one is called Bourton House Garden.
The busy gardeners do a wonderful job of planting
different plants for each season and care for the upkeep.
To learn more about this lovely place in the Cotswolds,
you can follow this link: Bourton House
Sit outside in the garden at one of the tables
and enjoy a salad or a quiche followed by homemade cakes.
I can thoroughly recommend Carolyn's superb carrot cake!
In her comment below, Sophia has reminded me of this lovely song:
This is sung by an American singer: Jimmie Rodgers
The musical accompaniment is very whimsical
of an unidentified tinny sounding instrument!
I love jumping out of the box into the unexpected,
If not, surprise yourself!