Today, let’s take a quick (virtual) walk through the Indian Char Bagh Garden, one of the themed gardens in the Hamilton Gardens complex.
The char bagh, or four-quartered, garden was the original Paradise Garden, a secret poetic pleasure garden often built alongside city riverbanks by early Mughal rulers and, later, the Hindu aristocracy.
They reached the peak of their popularity during the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.
The ever-changing carpet of flowers gave pleasure with their colour and scent.
An open-sided pavilion provided both shade and pleasant breezes in which to escape the hot sun.
The tinkle of water was a soothing cooling sound, represented here by a bubble fountain within the pavilion.
The pavilion in this garden overlooks our own city river, the Waikato River.
We are now into the third day of lowered restrictions on our movements, but so far it has had little impact on myself apart from grand-daughter now being able to visit her mother for a couple of days.
The general message is to still stay at home unless you need essentials or are going to work. Most workplaces are now operating, with the exception of close-contact businesses like the hospitality industry (although fast-food places are allowed to sell via delivery or drive-through).
Not having any great desire for takeaway food, son and I are carrying on at home here the same as we have now for the last several weeks. I’m beginning to get used to it!
Have a great day J
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