The RHS Garden Wisley in Surry, England is one of the World’s Great Gardens. In the gardens is a vast glasshouse with three climatic zones. The glasshouse is home to a breath takingly beautiful collection of orchids.
Our good friends in England took us to the gardens last year.
Here are some pictures I took during that inspiring visit.
I don’t know the names of the orchids but perhaps words cannot do justice to their beauty!
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“This and That” celebrates the wonder and diversity of existence.
Categories are (so far): Animals, antinomy, Art, Astronomy, Birds, ethics, Faith, flowers, food, Humour, logic, Music, MusicJB (music I have composed), people, persuasion, pholosophy, Poetry, Quotations, Sensible Advice, Shakespeare, Sport, Story, Travel, Trees, Wild Life, WordPress Tips, and Words. I hope to add more categories. Existence is so interesting!
Three little one year old hedgehogs have been given sanctuary in a beautiful East Sussex garden. They came from an Animal Rescue Center. All three for various reasons, are vulnerable. One of the hedgehogs is blind. Another is partially sighted. They will never survive in the wild.
Below is the beautiful garden which has become their new home. The garden has been made badger proof – important because a badger with its sharp claws could easily kill the tiny hedgehogs, now named Bluebell, Blossom and Buddy.
When they first arrived, the family had to feed them. Now they feed themselves, using no doubt their keen sense of smell. Apparently slugs and beetles are at the top of their menu. Hence they are called “the gardener’s best friend.
When not in their straw filled box in the garden the three new members of the family can be seen rolling at great speed across the small lawn. Clearly the three are bringing great joy to the kind family.
When I heard of the family’s love for these three vulnerable creatures it reminded me of the words of Emily Dickenson:
“If I can …help one fainting robin Unto his nest again, I shall not live in vain.”
I honestly believe that reading the two articles below will strengthen the faith of any Christian.
Especially now during the (lets be honest) frightening pandemic.
Remember the saying “it’s where the rubber hits the road”?
The author of the articles, Dr Kathryn Butler, cannot be closer to the “road”. She is a trauma and critical care surgeon turned writer and home schooling mom. Currently she is out of retirement and serving in the ICU of an American Hospital caring for COVID19 patients. She lives north of Boston.
I suggest you read the first article first and then the second article.
The first article is: “If God Doesn’t Heal You” Click
The second article is: “Even in the ICU – Why hope will conquer death” Click
If you find the two articles helpful, please tell others about them.
If you go the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco go to the Warming Hut at Crissy Field. Get some coffee and walk along the waters edge towards the base of the Bridge. You will see plenty of joggers, cyclists and many walkers.
You will also see dogs with their owners, all enjoying the walk .
Below is a picture showing you where to walk.
You can walk almost to the end which is at the bottom right of the brown building in the picture.
At this end point is a sign with two hands on it which joggers, cyclists and walkers can touch, turn round and go back..
But, guess what?
The dogs have got their own sign as well to touch before they turn and trot back.
Below is a picture of “Yours truly” fist pumping the dogs sign.
Oh yes, I must say this:
We really love San Francisco. It is so special in many, many different ways.