MERRY CHRISTMAS - FROM WHERE I LIVE
Just recently, I have had a number of requests asking about which part of the world the ‘Seeds of Eaden’ website comes from. So at the risk of being found by my debtors and having my identity stolen, I shall tell you. I am based in Sevenoaks, an old Saxon market town, slap-bang in the middle of Kent, otherwise known as Tudor country – a term I have just made up.
It sits on the crossroads of the Pilgrims Way, made famous by Chaucer, which leads from the historic port of Dover, through Canterbury and passes by a number of Archbishop's palaces on its way up to the Royal courts of London. The life of Henry VIII was played out through most of this area as he systematically bought up large hunting estates– Knole house, Leeds Castle, Hever Castle, Otford Palace, Penshurst Place and many more besides –all paid for with money generated through the dissolution of the Monasteries. Within a 25 mile radius you probably have the largest selection of period Royal Tudor properties in the country.
My Christmas present to the viewers of the 'Garden of Eaden' website – the majority of which are American – is a montage of photographs that I have taken over the past few years of my favourite properties. I know this has little to do with plants and gardening but if you look carefully there are definitely some in the background.
People who like plants also tend to also like history, so if you are interested in the Tudors then hopefully you will like this too. If you have any questions then leave a comment and I will get back to you.
Please enjoy these views from the old country- including a couple of oddballs - and keep an eye out for the rogue camel.
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