Stay with this image for a while. Hear the gentle lapping of the water at the sea’s edge. Feel it playing around your toes. Notice the glow of the late afternoon sun on the groynes – feel its warmth. Taste the salt on your lips. Sense the soothing rhythm of the calm, blue sea. Relax.
That was my holiday!
One of the joys of our recent summer holiday was a visit to the Beth Chatto Gardens near Colchester, Essex. The creation of the gardens began in 1960 in a ‘wasteland’ corner of the family’s fruit farm. It continues to develop today, with 93 year old Beth maintaining an active interest.
A key feature of the gardens is their informal design which makes full use of the undulating landscape and varying soil conditions. At the centre is an extensive water garden – a succession of pools fringed with a wide variety of. trees, shrubs and aquatic plants There are no straight line or hard paths. Neatly trimmed grass encourages a casual meander between the flower beds as the fancy takes. Despite the large number of visitors, they seem to vanish into the surrounding light woodland.
These gardens truly are a haven of peace and serenity.