Wishing trees and faraway chairs…

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After a few false starts (bread rolls not rising, car not starting…) I made it to Hillier’s Garden. I was too exhausted to walk far, and mostly enjoyed the many benches, including our old favourite ‘John Soffe’. While I was there I found these beautiful (presumably Nepalese) khatas, tied to a rhododendron, in the Gurkha Memorial garden (https://www.hants.gov.uk/thingstodo/hilliergardens/explore/gurkha-memorial-garden).

Two golden yellow khatas tied to the bare branches of a rhododendron, with a background of fresh green leaves.

I did a little searching online when I got home and discovered that tying cloth to trees is a tradition all over the world. In the UK and Ireland these are called ‘clouties’ (with various spellings). There is an interesting post on Terri Wilding’s blog (which I was pleased to be reminded of) about this: https://www.terriwindling.com/blog/2015/06/the-blessings-of-the-trees.html

‘A longing to wander tears my heart when I hear trees rustling in the wind at evening’

1(Herman Hesse, quoted by Terri on her blog

Off now to daydream about the fairies I *definitely* think are living under these mossy rocks…

The trunks of two beech trees stand side by side in the middle ground, with fresh leaves on their lower branches, moss at their bases, and mossy rocks in the foreground.

Bye for now!


I am a wanderer and a wonderer.

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