Weekly Photo Challenge: ESCAPE (1)

Let’s lead off with a classic idyllic escape —

To a pleasure garden, a place where all is beautiful and peaceful and serene, where nature (suitably manicured and landscaped and cosseted) smiles and beckons: Come away! Rest here, and restore your soul!

An Enchanted Corner

This enchanted corner is in Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA, 30 minutes from Philadelphia, but a universe away from ordinary everyday life. Even on a gray day here, the world seems bright and sunny —

Chanticleer’s superb gardens were designed after such famous English models as Sissinghurst Castle Garden, the venerable home of Vita Sackville-West, herself a famous writer, but perhaps now best known as the friend and sometimes-lover of novelist Virginia Woolf. (Just be sure to wear comfortable shoes, or you will want to escape from your aching feet!)

(More photos from Chanticleer to come as we ESCAPE during the week — )

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12 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: ESCAPE (1)

  1. jfb57 says:

    How wonderful. You can almost hear the tranquility

  2. Stef says:

    This looks absolutely beautiful, and wonderfully peaceful. I’m excited to see more pics!

  3. Oh! How lovely! This looks like a perfect spot to read a book!

  4. Gardens are where I find my inner peace, some almost verge on the spiritual for me, and as an atheist I’m always moved by watching how people of many different faiths move around both informal and formal gardens; with a reverence and often a quietness that is usually reserved only for brick and stone buildings of worship. I’d be lost without a garden to either tend or visit, (and in both ways that is an escape), so apartment living has never really appealed to me! unless of course I had a balcony heaving with planted pots………:)

    • Touch2Touch says:

      You remind me of lines from two poems, the first: “A garden is a lovesome thing, God wot!”
      and the second, a favorite: “annihilating all that’s made/To a green thought in a green shade.”
      I especially love that last line, which I think says in a different way the same thing you’re saying.
      Do check out all this week’s photos (till Friday), Chanticleer is a garden you would love if you were on this continent!

      • Oh I do like that second one! I occasionally miss European/English style gardens but I love the tropics too much and have found a new appreciation for the spectrum of greens here 🙂

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Third one posts tomorrow a.m.; fourth and final, Friday am.
        Of course I could go on endlessly with garden photos, but restraint is necessary!
        I’m sure tropical gardens are beautiful also. Perhaps you’d post some photos?
        Of them all, my personal favorites are Japanese gardens, also spectrum of greens, but there aren’t a whole lot of them where we live now.

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