Most likely, the saying “A book is like a garden carried in the pocket” is well known to many. But I heard it for the first time this morning and fell in love with it immediately. The Garden in my Pocket at the moment is a magazine rather than a book. I am reading Oxford Today, (Michaelmas Term 2012) – Volume 25 No 1. The front cover features an elegant portrait of the remarkable Aung San Suu Kyi. The caption reads, “Resilient in the Face of Adversity”. I like that; resilient in the face of adversity. And always with a flower or two in her hair. That, perhaps, more than anything, during all her years of struggle, impressed her resilience and strength upon me. Imagine, being in the worst of circumstances and still remembering to put a flower in your hair and look serene. ♥
Other little seedlings now planted in my pocket garden thanks to the magazine:
I discovered Cornelia Sorabji, India’s first female barrister, (Somerville 1895) and one of many famous Indian Oxonians;
And I learned about Zuleika Dobson
and that the Oxford University Press provided the type for the text of the first Bhutanese passports. Apparently the OUP had a beautiful and elegant handset Tibetan type that was perfect for the job. The magazine article describes it like “aubretia tumbling over a Cotswald wall”. A type like tumbling aubretia; glorious description and what a beautiful type to have in a passport.
Small question? Does aubretia (or more correctly ’Aubrieta’) grow in Bhutan? Possibly?
Another question; have you ever wondered what it might be like to have a real garden in your pocket? Try putting a sprig of rosemary, or lavender, or a rose, or all three in your pocket. For the sake of the washer-person in your life, don’t include any mud, caterpillars, slugs or aphids.