Thought for the Month

Duncan and I have just returned froma short trip to Spain, in particular Seville, Cordoba and Grenada. Our trip was inspired by Monty Don's television series on 'Paradise Gardens' (encouraged by a conversation with David Christmas who told me how wonderful La Alhambra is).

The Jardines de las Reales Alcazares, Seville were our first stop. Breath-taking in their beauty each section was joined by the water features that run throughout the gardens. Small courtyards with glittering pools, fountains, and recessed seats give a sense of tranquility and peace. Decorative grilles enhance lush views, and a planting scheme of palm, cypress, myrtle, mulberries, magnolia, orange and lemon trees interspersed with fragrant herbs and roses was both beautiful and fragrant.

Moving on to the Jardin del Alcazar de Cordoba we found a much smaller but none-the-less equally impressive garden which similarly delighted all the senses. More homely perhaps, we felt we could have stayed there forever. The irrigation channels were a wonder all of their own.

Se we thought we were fully prepared for La Alhambra in Seville. We were wrong. It was so stunning at ties it literally took my breath away. Round each corner was something even more beautiful than the last. Despite the scorching heat, it barely dropped below 40 degrees on any of the days we were in Spain, the sound of trickling water and the smell of fragrant flowers lifted the spirits and the sumptuous planting so very beautiful to see.

Yet flying back into Gatwick we looked down at the lush countryside below. We drove back through the Sussex and Kent countryside with reawakened eyes. Beauty on every step of the way. Fragrances wafting to brighten the day. O the glory of God's creation is truly a wonder to behold. Let us never take it for granted but instead remember to give thanks every day.

Psalm 96:11 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let the sea resound, and all that is in it. 12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them; let all the trees of the forest sing for joy. (NIV)

Rev. Helen Warmington

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