‘Order And Chaos’
…the refuge of the unbroken, where tranquility can be found. sit, swing, swim…
…I came to the garden for peace and softness – there was none to be found…
‘Behind The Wall’
This shot found me peering over a stone wall in a quiet Scottish fishing town.
A lush lawn and garden is revealed, in contrast to the wall’s austerity.
Some people have hard, stony exteriors which don’t invite you in.
Maybe the facades hide softer, verdant souls…
‘Framework For Lush’
I know, with a headline like that, you might expect something exotic and mysterious.
The answer, in the case of the walled garden and fountain at Auckland’s Parnell Rose Gardens, is not like that at all. The garden is simply locked during lockdown, and I had to make do with a shot though a gap in the iron gates on the weekend.
There is nothing, however, like not being able to do or have something to make you f**king want it all the more.
Adam and Eve, back in the day, didn’t put up with a little frustration in the Garden of Eden. They can take all the blame…
So, in coronavirus lockdown, we had to drop off some essential groceries to my octogenarian aunt, who lives alone and is not supposed to leave her house.
Happily, it was a gorgeous afternoon, so the delivery took place in her rather marvelous garden.
In the sunshine, pleasantries were exchanged; social distancing was applied.
These flowers caught my eye as we chatted.
Two pretty flowers, and a snake-like Australian orchid of some type getting between them, recreate a very old biblical story where good things go badly wrong …
P.S: To any Australian readers, I am not insinuating anything!
P.P.S: I’m so glad we don’t have any real snakes in New Zealand! They creep me out…
There is just something both optimistic and calming about a well planned garden with an array of different flowers, plants and trees.
Radiant colours and sweet scents exude hope and reassurance.
Even if one is not a gardener (I am a serial flora killer), gazing over a garden makes life just that much more tolerable…
Through a gate in a walled enclave of academia (Christ’s College, Cambridge, two days ago). Across a courtyard ,followed the winding path around the corner to another courtyard.Then came across this hidden wonder…
“Grief can be the garden of compassion. If you keep yourself open through everything, your pain can become your greatest ally in life’s search for love and wisdom.”
This shot was taken yesterday at the 25th birthday celebrations of a community organisation that has done of lot of good things in that time for families in its (mainly poor) neighbourhood.
The garden out the back of the centre re-uses old tyres, brightly repainted ,as planters for the food grown there.Lost property from the nearby airport is distributed to those who need it. Waste management and re-cycling are key components of the work .Life skills are taught and passed on. Anything that can be used is used and those with the time and love can who wish to contribute to the work are welcomed.
Simplicity, sustainability, care and respect for others and our planet are the group’s ideals and practices for growth.
Big corporates and bureaucrats take note!
This is the perfect soundtrack to my other post from today “Water Into Stone”, from the ambient/electronic master Eno, whose music has been a lifelong companion for me. It sounds like what I see . Whoever came up with the artwork was obviously on the same wavelength (excuse the pun) as me, just more spectacularly!