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“If you lose touch with nature you lose touch with humanity.” —Krishnamurti
What a perfect sanctuary to tune into nature, yourself and all that surrounds you. In a moment found between light rain showers and warm sunlight yesterday, these photos were captured displaying the placid and peaceful afternoon at Brockwood. There was a certain serenity at the grounds that was felt, an Autumn stillness. The beauty found in nature at Brockwood is sometimes so prominently stilling. To be fixed in tranquility is an incredible thing. Photos by Bailey Jacobs, Mature Student.
No, Brockwood hasn’t moved south (or really gone bananas). In what must surely be a first for Brockwood, these bananas were grown right here in the conservatory by staff member Stanly Sugumar. A few of us were lucky enough to taste one. The bananas were perfectly ripe. The taste was very concentrated and intense, sweet and delicious. More next year hopefully!
Brockwood Park School student Harald Sydenham created a hanging plant with the help of staff member Stanly Sugumar. The plant is a member of the fern family. Its Latin name is Microsorum Punctatum and its common name is Green Flame. It was a process of trial and error but the plant seems to be thriving. In order to water it you either spray it or you submerge it into water. The soil is held together by netting and the use of moss.
In these photos: Brockwood’s Rose Garden, as photographed by staff member Mark Apted.
“A rose by any other name would smell as sweet” is a commonly quoted part of a dialogue in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet, in which Juliet argues that the names of things do not matter, only what things “are” do. The full quotation can be read below after the pictures.
O Romeo, Romeo! wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name;
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet.
[Aside] Shall I hear more, or shall I speak at this?
‘Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What’s Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call’d,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.
I take thee at thy word:
Call me but love, and I’ll be new baptized;
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.
The Main House at Brockwood Park has a long history and is full of surprises. Krishnamurti Foundation staff member Duncan Toms documented some of the more interesting features of the building which was begun in the 1700s. Some of these period features are in plain sight, others are hidden in private spaces not accessible to the public. It’s the perfect companion album to the one we shared with you here before by former student Maryam Benoit—she documented the larger architectural features of all the buildings, while Duncan’s album takes a look at some of the details inside. Together they give a good impression of Brockwood’s rich history. (Photos by Duncan Toms)
Lighting in the main entrance area.
A painting of Brockwood Park House, from 1848.
Window mechanism in rota room.
Continue reading ‘Lesser Seen Brockwood’
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The Magnolia tree on the South Lawn is in full flower now, somewhat later than normal due to the particularly hard winter. (Photos by Bill Taylor)