A Cottage Garden in November and a Visit to London

An English Cottage Garden 
in November 
and a 
Visit to London
 An English cottage garden in November, crisp and cold but glowing with burnished bronzes and blazing golds ~ sparkling blue skies and sun dappled leaves……

Moss covered statues and mirrored bird baths…….windfall apples lay half hidden under aged leaves whist blackbirds scurry between berry and bread….

The kiss of the sun for pardon
The song of the birds for mirth
One is nearer to God’s heart in the garden
Than anywhere else on earth
Dorothy Gurney
1858 – 1932 
 Leaves practice their twirls and pirouettes for the last dress rehearsal, whilst a winter robin investigates newly dug soil……….tranquillity and silence are the garden’s blanket whilst squirrels leap from tree to tree…….
A sundial points to the hour and soon I must be on my way………a train, some suitcases and a sad farewell…………

But a planned trip to London brings a smile, with friends to meet and smiles to share………from garden to city in a day…………
See you soon,


Our England is a garden that is full of stately views,
Of borders, beds and shrubberies and lawns and avenues,
With statues on the terraces and peacocks strutting by;
But the Glory of the Garden lies in more than meets the eye.
For where the old thick laurels grow, along the thin red wall,
You will find the tool- and potting-sheds which are the heart of all;
The cold-frames and the hot-houses, the dungpits and the tanks:
The rollers, carts and drain-pipes, with the barrows and the planks.
And there you’ll see the gardeners, the men and ‘prentice boys
Told off to do as they are bid and do it without noise;
For, except when seeds are planted and we shout to scare the birds,
The Glory of the Garden it abideth not in words.
And some can pot begonias and some can bud a rose,
And some are hardly fit to trust with anything that grows;
But they can roll and trim the lawns and sift the sand and loam,
For the Glory of the Garden occupieth all who come
Our England is a garden, and such gardens are not made
By singing:–“Oh, how beautiful!” and sitting in the shade,
While better men than we go out and start their working lives
At grubbing weeds from gravel-paths with broken dinner-knives.
There’s not a pair of legs so thin, there’s not a head so thick,
There’s not a hand so weak and white, nor yet a heart so sick.
But it can find some needful job that’s crying to be done,
For the Glory of the Garden glorifieth every one.
Then seek your job with thankfulness and work till further orders,
If it’s only netting strawberries or killing slugs on borders;
And when your back stops aching and your hands begin to harden,
You will find yourself a partner in the Glory of the Garden.
Oh, Adam was a gardener, and God who made him sees
That half a proper gardener’s work is done upon his knees,
So when your work is finished, you can wash your hands and pray
For the Glory of the Garden, that it may not pass away!
And the Glory of the Garden it shall never pass away!
Rudyard Kipling


  1. A Vintage Chic says

    You write so beautifully, Karen…I always wish I could just appear in an English garden all of a sudden…even more so now after reading your lovely post!

    Wishing you joyful, safe travels, my friend!


  2. Bee happy says

    Great post your garden is looking so beautiful, wish we had blue skies like this over here today :) hope you enjoy your London visit.

    Bee happy x
    Have a delicious day!

  3. millefeuilles says


    This is my kind of writing… but you know me well enough (as a fellow blogger) to know that. A beautiful post.


    ps I still want to know where I can buy black treacle or an equivalent in France 😉

  4. Karen S Booth says

    Thanks Julie ~ as well as cooking, I LOVE gardening!

    Thanks Bee ~ London was cold but quite bright, so not too bad!

    Baking Addict! London was great but not like the garden! Wonderful at the V and A though…..

    Thanks Dom ~ yes, SEE you Friday!

    Thanks Sue ~ when are you home next?

    Thanks Stephanie, You have TREACLE mail! I also left a comment in the treacle thread too! X

    Aw, thanks so much Dave ~ I have LOTS of catching up to do at eRecipe cards, am still in the UK on my holidays!

  5. Janice says

    Great photos, are we going to get to see the meet ups in London? Enjoy Friday I expect it will feature on a few blogs!

  6. Working london mummy says

    What a beautiful set of photos. IT was SO nice to meet up today, thanks for making time when I know you must be busy on your trip to London. Looking forward to our second catch up on Friday x

  7. Susan's blog says

    Karen (chicken) what fabulous photos; you have really captured the mood of the visit. Just gorgeous!
    (think you should re name your blog Lavender and Lovely…it just is!) x

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