Monthly Archives: November 2016

Bach flowers

Rosa canina - Wild rose - © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

Rosa canina – Wild rose – © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

DR. BACH FLOWERS – A Set of 38 Wellbeing Boosters.

Helianthemum nummularium - Rock Rose - © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

Helianthemum nummularium – Rock Rose – © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

Dr. Edward Bach (1886-1936) was bacteriologist and pathologist at the Royal Homeopathic Hospital London. Very early-on he recognised the connection between physical and mental wellbeing. His interest in a holistic and natural approach to medicine led him to experiment with plants and research folk medicine.

 

Ceratostigma willmottianum - © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

Ceratostigma willmottianum – © Raffaella Sirtoli/GAP Photos

In 1930 he left his job and London for good and moved to the countryside in North Wales where he dedicated himself completely to the research of plants (particularly flowers) and their effect on the psyche. Six years later he had developed his healing method based on 38 components (36 flower essences, 1 bud essence and 1 spring water), acting on different mental conditions, known as ‘Bach Flower Remedy System’. Nowadays much of the world population, including qualified doctors, psychologists and vets make use of this alternative and vibrational healing method.

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Whichford Pottery

Whichford Pottery. Owner Jim Keeling with cup of beer - © Matt Anker/GAP Photos

Whichford Pottery. Owner Jim Keeling with cup of beer – © Matt Anker/GAP Photos

The owner, Jim Keeling, set-up Whichford Pottery in 1976 with two apprentices and now has a team of 30 local people, including his son Adam, designing and making a wide range of English flowerpots using traditional hand-thrown and hand-pressed methods.

Pots are made for public sale and individual commissions. They use where at all possible, ethically sourced materials, There is now a gallery (The Octagon Gallery) on the site, next to a courtyard garden, where the work of other local artists is sold and displayed.

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How Hill Holly

The annual holly harvest. Branches are thinned and heaped on the ground prior to boxing in large wooden crates, seen in the background - © Annie Green-Armytage/GAP Photos

The annual holly harvest. Branches are thinned and heaped on the ground prior to boxing in large wooden crates, seen in the background – © Annie Green-Armytage/GAP Photos

How Hill is one of the few Holly farms in the UK. Peter Boardman is a well respected holly expert and owns Holly Farm.

Ilex aquifolium 'Pyramidalis Aureomarginata', variegated holly - © Annie Green-Armytage/GAP Photos

Ilex aquifolium ‘Pyramidalis Aureomarginata’, variegated holly – © Annie Green-Armytage/GAP Photos

The farm has around 60 varieties. The garden features a view of How Hill Windmill on the Norfolk Broads.

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