Do you read the Planthunter? It is an online journal that runs stories that connect people and plants. It is created by Georgina Reid, who is a writer, editor and landscape designer. This journal really connected to me as I have long been taking photos, writing stories, and I studied landscape architecture.
Each month the Planthunter runs a theme, and this months' theme is Road Trip. Perfect, I thought, I'm rather fond of road trips. From crushing boredom as a child to time to think, and write in my journal as an adult, wondering who lives in all of these little towns whizzing by.
I sometimes think that a road trip is anything in the country over about an hour. In the city it is merely 'driving'!
There's a particular road trip I take quite often. I go to visit my friend Robin, who has an online bookstore called Huc and Gabet and lives in Clunes (which is a Book Town), and then we go and visit Ralph Durr at the Talbot Railway Station. Ralph has a framing business, nursery, and a lot of railway paraphernalia.
It is like a perfect world. I take something to get framed, and pick some more things for the garden, and look around the random things I'll find, while peacing out from the pepper tree.
So when Georgina put a call out asking for gardens to feature, I responded with the same words Jack Nicholson used in Easy Rider when asked if he had a motorcycle helmet: "Oh, I've got a reeal beauty.'
The story is here.
More outtakes here.