when England sweltered
in an unlikely heatwave
few places seemed quite so inviting
as we buzzed around town in my hot little car as this ridge of trees in a local park:
It is one of the ironies of life that one can travel hundreds of miles to Scotland to review a garden but never in 19 years walk in the local park!
So one day we stopped the car and walked.
There was a little straight avenue that climbed the slope and another which descended the other side.
All of them lime trees.
A complete change of temperature, of atmosphere, a vision of light and shade interspersed.
Perhaps the most delightful walk was this slightly weaving lateral path:
And ok its a cliche, but a sense of journey!
And overhead this soaring green world
that you longed to float around in.
Of course we don’t all have that much space. And limes drop honey dew.
So here a shady walk of pollarded hornbeams are more tightly spaced, more darkness than light, intensifying the focus.
There is mystery and atmosphere here, all built up:
Truly built up, because Madonna and child are backed by a field of flowering spuds!
And here because some times we long for the truly formal, Luciano Giubbilei shows us how it is done in even a small city space:
How inevitable? Because being Italian, the passeggiata or walk in the cool of the evening, where the locals progress around the main streets, is part of his national heritage…..
… just as lounging around enjoying a picnic under the apple trees in the local cider orchard is if you live in Somerset
…. or strolling through the cool reaches of the famous laburnum arch at Bodnant Gardens in Wales.
So how about it?
For those wonderful British summer days when you need a break from the heat – find yourselves a shady place in which to escape and progress.
Better still – think about creating your own avenue!
Lesley and Robert
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