Just because. . .

I’ve been working full-time in the garden this week instead of working on new posts.

And because we’re thinking about a London vacation.  Any ideas?  I haven’t been there in about 15 years.

This is the grave of John Tradescant the elder (c. 1570s – 1638) and of John Tradescant the younger (1608-1662) and his young son (and two wives).  Naturalists, botanists, gardeners — they introduced American plants to the (then) wider world.

The grave is at the Garden Museum at St. Mary’s at Lambeth (London).  The epitaph by John Aubrey reads, in part,

Transplanted now themselves, sleep here & when
Angels shall with their trumpets waken men,
And fire shall purge the world, these three shall rise
And change this Garden for a Paradise.

Photo by Kevan Davis under CC license, via flickr.

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9 responses to “Just because. . .

  1. Oxford, Oxford, Oxford!;) Then you can go to Blenheim Palace…birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill and home of freaking amazing gardens! Maria loves it there!

  2. I’ve been working in the garden, too and not blogging much. I’ve only been to London once. I wanted to visit the Kensington roof garden when I was there, but I didn’t get around to it. If you go near Cornwall, my aunt sent my some spectacular photos from the Eden Project.

    • I doubt we’ll get as far as Cornwall, although I would love to go there someday, since I was hooked on “Doc Martin” for awhile. I’ll look for the Kensington roof garden. I’m also thinking of the Olympic grounds and going to some of the places in Hilary Mantel’s books about Thomas Cromwell. And, of course, the Garden Museum.

      I’ve got to finish getting the garden planted out before the rains start at the end of the month and, later, our trip.

  3. One of my favorites places in London is the textiles section of Victoria and Albert Museum, I could spend days and days there!! If you like dance, check agenda at Sadler’s Wells Theater and also at SouthBank Centre, great new area, and of course the Barbican Centre (and area), there is a post in my blog about it. Hope you enjoy London!

  4. you are a history lover, we enjoy the guided walks in London. So many layers of history and I would miss most of it without someone to say – thru this door, down this alley … Would love to go back to Postman’s Hill (blogged about London walks, and the Eden Project!)

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