Hever Castle Gardens
I'm really glad I've been organizing in Lightroom lately. (This is what Photographers do when they are on the horizon of a new trip and have nothing else to do in anticipation.) I have overlooked so many shots - and not that these are particularly special, they are certainly not - but they are my little souvenirs of my mild solo adventures into England on my own, and I treasure them.
Hever Castle was fantastic in every way. It was fun to get to - I took a train from London and walked about a mile and a half along perfectly charming English country roads to get to it. The Castle itself is spectacular... and the gardens are simply lovely to wander in. There are Italian and English style gardens at Hever, both grand and expansive in construct. You can spend hours exploring and I know I forayed all over finding many delights.
This was a beautiful September weekday and I had the place to myself, for the most part. I saw only a couple other visitors the entire time I was there. There was a charming Garden shop that was warm and inviting. The pictures don't show it but the air was quite cool and I was wearing a big coat that day. It had rained on me while I was walking to the Castle. The small shop was a welcome respite. It apparently serves as a kind of Garden shop for the local people as they sold plants and seeds that they cultivated there on the Castle Garden site for people to bring home for their own gardens.
Everytime I share something from England, I find myself wanting to apologize. I'm sorry I'm not traipsing over to parts completely unknown - adventuring to dangerous, wild places. I'm sorry I am not taking photos of places that are really off the beaten path and that are special and rare to see. I feel guilty for not being Indiana Jones. I really actually do.
Part of that is because I always wanted to be Indiana Jones, and a part of me still does.
But then I realize that I go where *I* want to go. The British Isles, to me, are absolutely magical. My heritage lies there - but it's more than that. So much more. (<-- loaded sentence, but I can't spend 3 pages going into it right now :) ) So I cannot apologize for going to places that I love and then sharing my vision. I get to cherish these vignettes forever, my little souvenirs. <3