If time flies when you’re having fun, then it makes sense that my time in England snapped by, as I was having the time of my life. Did you like that cliché? Get ready for a few more as I bask in all the emotions. I could never have conceived how special of an experience my summer in England would be. I traveled weekly, I ate all the traditional foods (except for black pudding), and I visited some of the most beautiful gardens and natural spaces in the world. I got lost, laughed until I had tears in my eyes, and I learned which words had different (and often comedic) meaning from those in the US. I have made new and lifelong friends and met endlessly charismatic people. Of it all, the times I looked forward to the most and the memories that will forever bring a smile to my face, were those made right at my Hidcote home.
Hidcote is a beautiful place. I knew that before I got there. However, strolling around the garden on a crisp evening with a glass of wine in hand is about as close to magical as it gets. I lived in these spaces and I found the time to think. Whether passing through the beech allee, sitting on the bench overlooking the sheep pasture, or laying on the lawn in the stilt garden, I was inspired to passionately grow.
Now about those people that run the place. What a group. They are tasked with managing one of the great gardens of the world and they do it with ease. From the day I arrived, they were genuine, kind, and spirited; all things I aspire to be. They know how to be a little cheeky and there were few break times where I did not genuinely laugh out loud. They were humble teachers, sharing with me the ways of their work while giving me the confidence to do it on my own. They are fantastic at what they do and Hidcote is what it is today because of them.
My stay in England has been truly irreplaceable and for that I am thankful.
Now it’s off to Japan! Having safely made it through the first few days, I am sure this will be an experience all its own.