A Stroll Around a Country Estate

Grounds and rivers neat but wild;  beautifully free from confinement. The desire to stop and look; to be absorbed in spectacular, seemingly unique vistas; giant trees; hundreds of years old,  their branches look upwards towards the heavens.  On looking up in awe: imagination takes us wandering through their giant branches. Many thoughts cross the mind. What did they witness two hundred or three hundred years ago?

Gardens neat as if painted by an artist seeking spontaneous inspiration. Long grass and tall flowers present themselves in summer glory.

Was such beauty created for humankind? Do people pass by such dramatic scenery without a second thought?

To stop and stare at Nature’s magnificence;  her ability to create an infinity of sensuality and uniqueness; colors, shapes, sizes.

Intricate petals; inner flowers awaiting honey bees, to gather pollen……for honey……for a humanity that may just pass them by.

Observe, be carried away with scenes that wrap around senses, opening a curtain at every turning.

Bumblebees literally loaded with visible pollen until their legs are coated with future honey. What type of natural radar do they possess to fly back to a hive that could be far away?

Walking, absorbing myriad scenes that leave an onlooker stunned by the harmony afforded senses that feed upon such dramatic and at the same time, gentle beauty.

What one person sees others will interpret differently. We all view the same flower, but some will focus on the centre, others on outward petals, others a general appreciation covering a wider area.  Others will be transported to another world of infinite beauty, scent, and colors that only liberated imagination can release.

Most are in awe of the expanse, the sheer visual wealth.

To sit, to gaze; letting the mind wander, listening to birdsong under a tree in the shade.  A river, flowing waters, its banks adorned by enormous weeping willows gracing the scene, and a small bridge leading to the other side. Another side? A parallel universe? A totally different spectacle. Really wild;  pathways on either side, leading on as if to infinity. People walking, gazing in wonder.


Simon Lever
Simon Lever
Prior to his retirement, Simon engaged in software and services sector search and recruitment for American companies around Europe. He has retained the enjoyment of engaging with people from other countries and cultures. His energies are now directed towards voluntary community activities, journaling, and exhibition stewardship. He is a Featured Contributor for BizCatalyst 360°. As an Exhibition Steward, at the 1000-year-old Winchester Cathedral, he is responsible for guiding visitors from the world over, around the award-winning 'Kings and Scribes Exhibition', which includes the 900-year-old Winchester Bible. The exhibition introduces visitors to Winchester's historical significance as a former capital of England. Simon's journaling activities are published on BizCatalyst 360° and accompanying posts on LinkedIn, He acknowledges the inspiration afforded him by Carol Campos of Massachusetts: Life Strategist, Writer, and Intuitive Business Leader who introduced him to writing with feeling; from the heart. Simon's forté is creative writing; the accent on the natural environment, transforming feelings, emotions, sights, sounds, and scents of Mother Nature's landscape; hills and rivers and woodland into words, transporting the reader to the locations. Essays include accounts of his life in former days. Instinctively writing in such a spontaneous manner, descriptions become life-like. His often emotionally charged writing, whether describing a surreal 'Son et Lumière' at the Grand Place in Brussels to experiences acquired during European business travel. Journaling and Exhibition Steward activities are his key sources of inspiration and creativity. Kindness is ever more important, where he is a promoter of Shelly Elsliger PPCC's 'Decide to be Kind' Campaign. Simon champions Positivity, Empathy, and Kindness and has been described as a 'Beacon of Positivity'.

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