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Postcard from the Antipodes

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Visiting Logan Botanic Garden in the Rhinns of Galloway was a cheap ticket back to New South Wales.  A stunning collection of eucalypts.  If I could catch the smell for you in these pictures, I would…dusky, soothing, clean.  A beautiful garden, maverick and refreshing.  While I was there I also caught a glimpse of Tasmania and New Zealand, Chile and South Africa.  I didn’t want to leave.

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At Kew

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The environment is our outer skin and we have to look after it. To be able to look after it, we have to understand it, and I understand it by putting my hands on it.
David Nash

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People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.
Iris Murdoch

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The Country They Call Life

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You, sent out beyond your recall,

go to the limits of your longing.

Embody me.

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Flare up like a flame

and make big shadows I can move in.

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Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.

Just keep going.  No feeling is final.

Don’t let yourself lose me.

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Nearby is the country they call life.

You will know it by its seriousness.

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Give me your hand.

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(Translated by Anita Burrows and Joanna Macy)

Images from Glasgow Botanic Gardens – Kibble Palace and Main Range Glasshouses

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