If you guys are watching my 'Every day in May' YouTube videos, then you will already have seen that I visited Trengwainton Garden last week (video linked at the bottom of this post). Joe and I have been members of the National Trust since we got married two years ago, and it was the best thing we ever did (and it is even better now we are living in Cornwall!). I thought I would take advantage of the lovely weather and visit somewhere that is just up the road from our village.
You know a place is amazing and magical when you totally lose yourself in it and forget about everything else for the time you are there. As I walked through the gravel pathways, sheltered by the trees, I felt a (much needed) wave of calm wash over me. Just being surrounded by nature and the sound of birds chirping and bees buzzing, made me want to step so quietly and just listen. It felt like a form of meditation, which I really needed, having spent hours and hours sat in front of a computer screen recently.
This time of year is such a great time to visit any gardens, as there are carpets of bluebells everywhere, which makes the scenery even more beautiful. I find the experience of walking around these places so therapeutic and more helpful for my depression/anxiety then anything else. The National Trust really know how to do it well...
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature -- the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
― Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
I didn't know what to expect at Trengwainton, but I was so overwhelmed by just how stunning the gardens were and will definitely be returning really soon (with Joe of course!). I have plans to visit so many more National Trust properties and gardens this summer, so stay tuned!