28.6.10

Worship in a Secret Garden


London has many secret gardens tucked away in the most unexpected places.

This Saturday Hiro and I took a walk along Eastcheap and found this little gem.

St Dunstan in The East Church Gardens


These gardens sit beautifully inside the brutalised carcass of a medieval church. The original building was severely damaged during the Great Fire of London. She was patched up complete with a steeple designed by Christopher Wren.

During WW2 St Dunstan was attacked again. This time by enemy bombs.
After the war the decision was made not to reconstruct the church but instead to grow a garden out of the debris.

I personally think that the garden is beautiful.


Who says the city has no soul?

Shady sunshine.

Beautifully ruined


It really is outstanding how with lots of care and attention, and sympathetic planting that something so broken can be fixed in this way.


I have really taken to wearing maxi dresses.
They make one feel ever so feminine.


Light and shadow play games.


The house with no windows.


I thoroughly enjoyed our little walk.
St Dunstan is so peaceful at the weekend. There is a lingering presence in the air and I have little doubt that it is the fruit of it's long history.

I imagine that it is a different place during the week,
with the hoardes of City workers swarming in for their lunch breaks.

I found a jolly city worker on my way home!
Dress from Oasis

It's been a while since I have stuck my face right up in your screens!
I hope that you have enjoyed this latest ramble around London with me.


THANK YOU
To all that entered my contest!
Your tales are marvellously imaginative.

I will announce the Winner on Friday.

x

28 comments:

  1. i TOLD U
    maxi dresses would be FAB on u

    this is a gorgeous place, i can see why u were so excited when u first mentioned it to me.

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  2. So beautiful!
    London looks so fabulous with all these lovely secret gardens... <3

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  3. beautiful photos!! =)

    I really find that I'm beginning to look at hte City of London in a completely different light now... Thanks to you and Hiro's mastery of photography!

    And I am totally in love with your maxi dress! Loooks gorgeoousssss.

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  4. That garden is stunning - definitely not what I picture when I think of London! The overgrowth and vines make it look more like a jungle out of a storybook, fantastic!

    Your maxi dress is gorgeous - I love the gradient of colours.

    Can't wait to see the contest entries!

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  5. omg those photos are stunning! :D i love the one of the big arched window. it's amazing <3

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  6. please please tell me where you maxi dress is from??! it looks lovely on you x

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  7. Jubs - The dress was £50 from Oasis.

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  8. The dress is so pretty on you, you look tall and just like a high fashion model :D

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  9. My favorite book as a child was the Secret Garden...this garden is what I imagined the garden in the book to look like. =)

    I love your dress!! You have the best taste in things...!! Your hair looks amazing too, perfect compliment to the dress.

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  10. You really have to publish your own book with 'Best places of worship in London' and add your beautiful pictures and wonderfully inspired quotes for inspiration...I am positive it would be a book people would love to purchase.

    In the meantime, I really have to make a list of these wonderfully treasured spots when I will visit London.

    Maxidresses have been a love I treasure since buying one in Barcelona during a language course (sooo many years ago). They make me feel feminine as well...You look absolutely gorgeous in them.

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  11. I WILL ECHO THE COMPLIMENTS ABOUT THAT DRESS ON YOU. YOU LOOK SIMPLY DIVINE, LIKE A BLOOMING ARRAY OF COLOR AMONGST ALL THE GREEN FROM THE GARDEN! I GUESS IN ALL MAJOR CITIES, IT IS REFRESHING TO FIND A GREEN OASIS, ESPECIALLY ONE THAT ISN'T FENCED OFF!

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  12. gorgeous pics! you are so garden glam! :D

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  13. look at you all fabulous in a maxi dress :)

    I really love these photos - as much as I dislike churches, I love the architecture that goes into constructing them...and the fact that this has been turned into a secret garden makes me even happier.

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  14. Hey beautiful the city so DOES have soul...I love seeing London through your eyes and sites that Ive never seen before. x x

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  15. The pictures are gorgeous.
    They look like they are from a magazine.

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  16. I think that the thing that I loved the most about London was the seemingly infinite number of gardens. All of them are so unique!
    Kumeko

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  17. Oh lovely post and another piece of London history for us. Is looks beautiful and very peaceful. I love the 3rd picture down - you look very serene. Great dress too. Nice to see you again. Have a great week. Xxxx

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  18. Maxi dresses really suit you! I'm too short for them though, so will have to live vicariously through your pics :)

    I love that you and Hiro can just go for strolls and take pictures! My bf would be horribly bored...lol

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  19. Oh wow!!! St Dunstans looks beautiful! Your photographs capture it so well :)

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  20. I love this secret garden oh so much,
    greatly enchanted by OC's photogenic touch..

    The garden's archetype has made this a place, set apart from the rest of the world in the voyage of time and pace..

    Tranquility permeates the air,
    a timeless Princess
    in her maxi dress,
    that no clocks intrude upon..

    only her beautiful eyes wanders,
    found..........................

    For what is time in a garden like this,
    time here is no race for the finnish line,
    it is a season...

    The colour of this garden will vary with the season of the Princess' visit,
    but she already knows the reason...

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  21. wheee!! beautiful place!!! love it!! and the maxi cress looks gorgeous on you!! have been eyeing them but sadly w my height it will definitey be a road sweeper if i wear it out~

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  22. Omg, can you adopt me and keep me in your pocket? I want to be a part of your adventures. ;D

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  23. awesome post! indeed, this is such a beautiful garden. you look fabulous in the maxi dress:)

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  24. That photo of you under the HUGE window is AMAZING.. stunning like award winning awesomeness. And maxi dresses sigh.. i want to wear one I WANT TO WEAR ONE! But I'm so short and can't find anything to fit me or make me look less short :(

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  25. awesome post! indeed, this is such a beautiful garden. you look fabulous in the maxi dress:)

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  26. Oh wow!!! St Dunstans looks beautiful! Your photographs capture it so well :)

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  27. Maxi dresses really suit you! I'm too short for them though, so will have to live vicariously through your pics :)

    I love that you and Hiro can just go for strolls and take pictures! My bf would be horribly bored...lol

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  28. I think that the thing that I loved the most about London was the seemingly infinite number of gardens. All of them are so unique!
    Kumeko

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