Sanctuary

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My garden has been my sanctuary this week.

I’ve felt sad this past seven days.  Sad about the referendum result.  Sad about the divisions that have appeared in our country.  Sad for those leave voters who have admitted to being let down by those in power who misled them.  Sad for the remain voters who feel lost.  Sad for the leave voters who just want to get on with leaving.  Sad for the immigrants who call our country home and who now feel unsettled or unsafe.  Sad for the huge uncertainty that lies ahead.  Sad for aggressive Facebook posts I’ve read from both sides of the debate.  Sad for the angry elderly person who posted a picture of children in gas masks in the war and then called our young people names.  Sad for the young people who wanted to remain and who feel their future has been unsettled by others.

I could go on.  But I won’t just now.

It has affected me so much, that I have had to use all the grounding/mindfulness tricks I have, to bring me back to the now and remember what loveliness there is around me.

Where better to see beauty in the sadness than outdoors in nature.  My little cultivated corner of the planet has provided me with lots of [soggy] gorgeousness this week.  The rose garden was a full-on hit of colour and scent.

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My little baby hydrangea plugs are teenagers now:

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The little alliums are coming through now too:

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And how can bright cornflowers not make you smile?

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So there is still much to be happy about.  I’m not going to fight the sadness – that doesn’t work for me – instead I will allow space for the happiness, for the beauty and for the love, and trust that as that grows it will cast a shadow over everything else.

Linking up with possibly the happiest linky on the inter web How does your garden grow? over at Fable and Folk.

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6 Comments

  1. July 1, 2016 / 10:58 am

    The first paragraph sums up my feelings at the moment, perfectly. I guess all we can do now is wait and see what the future holds. But on a more positive note, so much colour and beauty in your garden 🙂 I consider my garden my sanctuary too — it’s always there and even when it’s a soggy mess I can always find something to lift my spirits. x

    • Elizabeth
      July 9, 2016 / 11:31 am

      It’s lovely to meet like-minded people, Gemma. I agree – the sun doesn’t have to shine for the garden to be good for the soul! x

  2. July 2, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    It’s been an awful week hasn’t it – and I’ve been struggling too, more than I ever have before. I still don’t like the result but it’s less raw and I’m less angry and tbh, I couldn’t keep on with that anger either, it’s not me. You’ve a lovely garden to escape to and glad it’s done the trick x #hdygg

    • Elizabeth
      July 9, 2016 / 11:32 am

      Good for you for recognising the anger wasn’t a good thing for you. Thank you for your lovely words about my garden x

  3. July 2, 2016 / 11:16 pm

    Oh I feel the same re: the EU, the aggressive posting by FB friends has had me staying off there more and more. Funnily enough I had lunch with family today, we all voted differently and had a lovely calm discussion about it. But Facebook is a whole different level!
    Lovely blooms – I can see how they helped to calm you. Is that red hydrangea?! Looks immense!
    Here’s to more sanctuary and happier days ahead x

    • Elizabeth
      July 9, 2016 / 11:34 am

      Yes – a red hydrangea! Remember that slightly online tipsy plant-ordering I did earlier in the year – well this was [one of] the results of that! It’s such a lovely contrast to the others. Thanks for hosting Annie, and yes, here’s to happier, more settled, times ahead! xx

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