For those times when you are perhaps seeking a moment of tranquillity, connecting with the environment just seems to work. Fortunately for me, Stourhead, a National Trust property in Wiltshire, is just a stone’s throw from home and as a NT long-term member, it’s the perfect place for a Sunday morning stroll, whatever the season.
I visit Stourhead many times during the year to exercise or just to soothe the soul. To take the opportunity to sit awhile and think.
Just sitting, relaxing, taking in the moment reminds me of the words of Indra Devi…
“Like water which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed,
the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed”
My last visit was early in the morning before the bulk of the visitors arrived. After a heart-pounding stroll up the hill to the Temple of Apollo, I took in the fantastic views across the lake. The colours are glorious, with just the gentle birdsong to relax to.
As a National Trust property, this is a popular location for tourists, locals, members, walking groups and of course, authors and photographers. With an active population of swan, geese and ducks providing light entertainment throughout the day.
I settled on a bench on the edge of the lake for a while. Perfect timing as twenty or so geese swam gently in my direction and proceeded to gobble up the grass around me.
I’m fascinated by the trouble and attention to detail an amateur photographer takes to capture the ‘perfect’ image. A momentary thought passes across my mind, I wonder how many times this place has been photographed?
Then I’m quickly back to my own pair of optical lenses, allowing my brain to absorb as much of the beauty as possible.
Yep, Stourhead gets the vote from me as a Fiction Books favourite.