Lavender, The Lark and The Sublime

If you grow it they will come.

Lavender that is.

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Not so far away several acres of transplanted heaven glows blue and purple.

Hip high bushes tremble in the Summer breeze.

A Summer breeze carrying an intoxicating scent that lifts the heart and calms the spirit.

Peace comes dropping slow.

Rows and rows of nature’s glory climb towards a hazy horizon.

People of all ages and cultures walk the straight path between the rows with like devout pilgrims.

In the shimmering stillness there is an awareness of profound blessings to be harvested here.

Settling into the self, breathing slow, sloughing off the shackles of busyness.

Emerging into simple being.


The bonny birds wheel higher and higher in the sky making perhaps for Leith Hill.

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Leith Hill where the young Ralph Vaughan Williams’ musical soul was quickened and nourished.

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A musical soul which survived the horrors of war to produce quicksilver streams of tender beauty.

A musical soul which evoked in, ‘The Lark Ascending’ a sense of the mystical gyre uniting life and death.

Walking among the lavender it seemed as if this wondrous music infused the air.

I have chosen to feature an incandescent performance by by Nicola Benedetti.

Listening we are invited to enter the realm of the sublime.

Note: I would urge you to seek out the astonishing poem by George Meredith which inspired Vaughan Willians to create his own masterwork.

80 thoughts on “Lavender, The Lark and The Sublime

  1. Thom,

    Always good to come back to the Jukebox.

    Your (to me) unexpected but very appropriate tip of the hat to “The Lark Ascending”, reminded be of my early fondness for Vaughan Williams’ “Pastoral Symphony”, with which it certainly shares a mood. Being a fan of movies as I am though, as well as of Captain Scott and the four extraordinary men he took to the Pole and most of the way back, I guess I enjoy even more the “Sinfonia Antarctica”, which, as you may well know, drew on the music Vaughan Williams did for the the film, “Scott of the Antarctic”, in which John Mills played Scott in one of those understated performances he was so darn good at. Scott, Vaughan Williams, and Mills: now there’s a set of overlapping lives (Mills was born 4 years before Scott died) – I hope you agree – that’s worth rather more than a moment’s thought.

    All the best


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