May be there is no reason why the words ‘paradise’ and ‘park’ both have ‘par’ in common. Are they at ‘par’ with each other? Are there any ‘par’allels to be drawn between them? The answer can very well be ‘yes’ if you take a walk in the paradisaical Holland Park in West London, especially during autumn.
No paradox here why the park is called ‘Holland Park’ right in the heart of London, the discovery of the beauty and charm of natural elements found in this park is good enough to be of paramount pleasure. So we went for this promenade in this park, which sets itself aside thanks to its extra-ordinary rural feel. Autumn foliage still drenched in the overnight drizzle which is so very common in London, the park guided us through some exquisite encounters with simple yet ravishing revealings.
Dense forestry tried hard to resist the short-lived rays of the sun to reach the soil, but it was obvious that they were struggling due to the fact that the leaves had gently flown down on ground to make way for the wrath of winter. Still there was no lack of warmth shown by the hospitable, albeit greedy squirrels making frequent appearances in pursuit of their dietary needs. Friendly, smart, camera-friendly, rather well fed and flabby – the squirrels knew that the human guests came not only with the plan for their promenades but also with some peanuts on offering. Bright eyed and bushy tailed, the squirrels left no stone and may be no peanuts unturned and un-peeled to make their presence felt and seen.
The pigeons were involved in the fight of the fittest to establish their peaky authority over the forest food findings. Outnumbered by the squirrels on ground, the flying residents of the park had a tough time securing their dinner.
The Dukes and the Duchesses of the Holland Park were undoubtedly the majestic peacocks and peahens inside the Kyoto Garden. The enclosure developed as per the Japanese horticultural paradigms was a proud achievement adding to the glamour of the park. Bonsai trees, multi-layered waterfalls and a small pond with rocky steps – went in line with the ethos of tranquil co-existence of the major elements of nature.
The peacocks set free in their abode, free to roam around without a flutter underlined the natural desire for freedom and free movement. Especially the male peacocks with their impressive ‘trains’ – what they call the tail – were happily plucking on anything on offer on the human hands. No harm in specifying that the ‘peahens’ were sighted too but they were outnumbered by their male courters not found at that moment to be wooing the mating counterparts.
The intricate detail in the design engraved in the peacocks will make you think about the very existence of the make-up industry and why they made the human females focus so much on artificial make-ups. Is it because the natural world seems to have endowed enough pulling power to the males naturally? With peacocks with their not blue eyes but blue and emerald trains and body art and the male lions with their manes, still why did human males condition that it has to be the females wearing makeups? Or not? May be a pea-cocky question.
The little lake inside the Kyoto Garden is also home to some healthy and rather obese species of fish. Giving a tough time to the amphibious ducklings, the residents of the aqua world were quicker to swim to anything that attracted their fancy – food mostly.
Numerous benches made in the form of donations with dedications engraved reminded visitors of the lovers of this park who used to take promenades in this park in yesteryear but not anymore. May be they are taking walks in some paradise now that they believed in up above. Still the benches are so inviting to take a precious pause from the daily banalities and breathe deeply to ponder and wonder at the elements that surround the living beings.
For locals and visitors to London alike – Holland Park offers a secluded recluse. That is the magic of London that a park called Holland offers feelings of a place called ‘paradise’ which otherwise exists in holy books, beliefs and may be in the love we feel for our loved ones.
Upon exit from the park, we were pleasantly treated to a spectacular display of sunset shades. Its not always blue throughout our lives and in the sky. In important transitions such as the twilight – the paradise shows glimpses of its palette of shades before plunging into darkness waiting for the next dawn. And there was the Super Moon, oh yeah, how can we forget, which was playing peek-a-boo sometimes through the naked bunches, sometimes showed up through our kitchen window, all in the same night.
What Was I Wearing?
Zara Coat (Similar)
Preen byThornton Bregazzi Sunnies
L K Bennett Shoes
Ring from Kanika Jewellers, Kolkata, India