My first evening walk to the nearby 12th century Leechwell ancient holy healing pilgrimage springs after one-half weeks of dedicated moving into my new Totnes, Devon home in the middle of isolation and social distancing.

The atmosphere transports me to a mystic feeling of beauty grace beyond this modern age as the beauty of the lanes, the mossed and flowering stone walls, and the granite stone.

As I was enjoying the rose Valerian growing abundantly from the stone wall on the return to the town, I met a lady who lived in a nearby house and she said, ‘Let me take a photo of you because you look like you belong here.’

As I neared town I saw a bearded gentleman inhaling wild rose fragrant abundance blossoming down a stonewall. He caught my delight with a smile as he picked one white wild rose. I walked toward the shops and a few minutes later as he passed he smiled and gifted the wild rose to me and went on his way. Just then clouds burst a brief heavy rain as I neared a shelter to enjoy the fresh cooling before continuing to shops and home.

For those who enjoy the Divine By Nature Textiles, Devon is a place where I enjoy wearing my textiles: In this photo, I am wearing my favorite hand-embroidered black thread on white silk ‘Kantha’ embroidery (worn during many India trips) from the hills above Calcutta, combined with a Chiang Mai ‘Lanta’ densely embroidered white-on-navy cotton jacket with handy pockets. Had never matched them up before and the combo is happy-making as the jacket is perfect for spring coolness and fresh breezes from the moors or the sea.

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