I don't necessarily agree with Ms Cameron. I find inspiration in coffee with a friend, or a gab-fest with other writers or singing in a choir of a hundred, but I'm all in favour of artist dates. One of my favourites is a good walk in a beautiful setting.
Living close to the Butchart Gardens as I do, it's a perfect place to revive a tired mind. Even, or perhaps especially, at this time of year when our weather is grey and wet. (I'll tell you a secret. I prefer snow to our endless leaden skies.)
Butchart's famous sunken garden, in season, looks like this.
In late February it looks like this.
Coming through the door, the visitor inhales the sweet scent of lilac and gardenia. All thoughts of grey skies vanish. We've walked into a magic kingdom. Fountains and wind chimes charm our ears. Underfoot is tile and gravel and wood to delight our feet with different textures and our ears with different sounds.
Every sense is tickled. The well fills to overflowing.
On leaving the magic garden, I enter the gift shop. I must keep my wallet firmly in my pocket. So many beautiful things in one place. China, pottery, enamel work, shawls and scarves, jewellery and jams. And don't forget the packets of seeds, enough to inspire even the blackest thumb to try gardening.
I come home just as the sun breaks out. The well is full. I'm inspired enough to write this blog.
So, what fills your well? Do you find inspiration in solitude or company? Do you prefer music or a good book? Do you like to watch or participate?
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