Friday, 16 October 2009
Well it's time for a more whimsical post.
Prior to quasi retirement I was a professional gardener,managing two gardens in the south of England.One site in Hawkhurst,Kent, and the other Wadhurst Castle in East Sussex.
This was a poorly paid profession,but immensely satisfying.
My employers were in both cases wealthy lawyers working in London.One had a garden that was three acres and the other had a patch that was eleven acres.
My expertise is not in landscaping,but in planting.
I can cheerfully remember creating planting schemes which gave me great pleasure,not only in advising my masters,but also in the outcome.
Since a boy, I have always had a passion for plants and nature and you grow up understanding the landscape.
We sadly live in a World where the value of a lawyer's opinion is more important than a man who understands nature.
If we were to have a major disaster, that meant we went back to a simpler way of life,Where would the lawyers be?
I suggest nowhere,my former employers were completely oblivious of nature and just assumed I provided the outcome.