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A Pause at Buckfast Abbey

By Ozhene @papaver
I needed a stopover for my recent trip down to Devon.  I decided to choose somewhere that was not quite where I wanted to be, but that was when I knew I would be ready to stop driving for the day.  I found a hotel close to Buckfast Abbey.  Very close, actually belonging to the Abbey.  Before dinner I decided to clear my head of a day that felt pretty much like I had been driving for most of it and go for a wander.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey By the side of the Abbey is the most beautiful lavender garden.  I just sat there for ages, breathing in the scent and watching the bees.  Due to the time of day there was no one else around, the stillness was very welcome.  I am not someone who 'stops' very often, I sat here and thought I really should make more effort to do so.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey I admired the willow edging.  I have reason to admire this as I am intending to do something very similar on my driveway later this year.  It was one of those moments when the thing I was thinking about was suddenly in front of me and confirmed that my thinking was a good idea.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey To one side of the gardens is the Physic Garden.  This is made up of edible and medicinal planting.  I enjoy a good Physic Garden, and this is a good one.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey It is divided into four and is not really that big a space.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey It is thought out and well labelled.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey and I loved this quarter most of all. The water was a sudden calm.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey I was not sure if these hollyhocks were meant to be in the fig tunnel, but they looked great.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey A quick walk across the lawn and there is the sensory garden.  Again this is beautifully maintained.  I have rarely seen such well behaved stachys.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey There are lots of places to sit and let the world go by.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey and lots of good planting.  I really enjoyed my wander around the grounds.  I do not know how busy they get during the day so I can only say that early evening and early morning they are a great place to get some peace.  It is probably unnecessary for me to add, but I will anyway, I have no religion at all so the christian basis was wasted on me.  I enjoyed the space for what it is, a place designed for contemplation and it works very well at this.
A pause at Buckfast Abbey However, carrying on a theme, as I drove to my first garden visit of the day I passed this old looking cross.  Don't ask me where, it was somewhere between Buckfastleigh and Crapstone (I just want to write Crapstone and snigger in a juvenile fashion, sorry).
Other visits related to this trip:
Wyndcliffe Court
Hauser and Wirth
Iford Manor

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