Today is the funeral of Elspeth Thompson. In her writings she painted a wonderful picture of her life; of a gardener’s life as it could be, which makes it all the more difficult to bear the fact that all was not harmony and joy for her, as she made it seem for us.
It has made me think about why we write articles, share blogs and even create beautiful gardens. It seems to me that people who see beauty acutely tend to see and feel pain sharply too. By seeking the beautiful and sharing it we share some of the comfort and joy which we find there. By surrounding ourselves with lovely living things it makes the harder facts of life easier to bear, it puts small disappointments in context and allows us time to reflect on the larger picture. By giving a little happiness we are happier ourselves.