A Bench and a Rose Garden

Summertime in England! One of my most cherished places to be when the sun is warm, the breeze is cool and the beauty of English gardens are in full, vibrant bloom!

I have just returned home from a wonderful vacation in England. My Parents have retired to the East Sussex coast, to a quaint historical town called Rottingdean. It is full of history, beauty, and splendor. One of the nicest places to visit in Rottingdean  is Kipling Garden.

"Our England is a garden of stately views of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues with statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by But the Glory Of The Garden" Rudyard Kipling. Kipling Gardens is the former home of Rudyard Kipling. He lived there between 1897 and 1902 and wrote some of his most important classics, such as “Kim”, “Stalky and Co”, the “Just So” stories and the poems “Recessional” and the “Absent Minded Beggar”.

The Gardens are a public delight! The fragrance of flowers fills the air as we walk through the gate and follow the little winding cobbled path to the rose garden. It is June and the roses are in full bloom! What a breathtaking sight. We sit on one of the many benches while we let our senses feast on the beauty around us. My Mom and I have not seen one another for a few months, so our time sitting here is precious. We have so many stories to share! And after a few hours of being together, it feels as we have never been apart. It is amazing when you live in different countries how your spirit is always connected to those you love. After a couple of hectic months, it is a magnificent feeling to sit here among the roses and relax for a while. It reminds me of the importance of spending time with family, connecting with nature and just taking time to smell the roses! Further along the path, we pause for a while as we watch some of the older gentlemen playing croquet. This is a tranquil retreat which provides all the pleasures of an English country garden. Remember to take some time to smell the roses and spend time with those people who you love the most!

“We have to try to get rid of the notion of time. And when you have an intense contact of love with nature or another human being, like a spark, then you understand that there is no time and that everything is eternal”.

“Call upon the Goddess and God to protect you and teach you the secrets of magic. Ask stones and plants to reveal their powers – and listen.” – Scott Cunningham

“Harmony with nature will bring you a happiness known to few city dwellers. In the company of other truth seekers, it will be easier for you to meditate and think of God.” – Paramahansa Yogananda

 “Time brings roses” – Portuguese proverb

“Each rose that comes brings me greetings from the Rose of an eternal spring.” – Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)    Hindu poet

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