Winston Churchill once said, “We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us.” These topiary animal shapes in this image appear both whimsical and playful; Yews (Taxus) in disguise standing proudly in front of an English carriage house. In fact, this is one of the many buildings of an old medieval manor and gardens that lay dormant for over two hundred years. ” Nestled in the beautiful Peak District National Park of England, in the mountain range between Manchester and Sheffield, this gem, +Haddon Hall is considered “the most romantic house to survive from the middle ages.”
On this chilly December morning, this image might stir an English venture in the springtime or perhaps just a hot cup of freshly brewed tea. But there is another reason. Today is the 19th day of 26 days of kindness in honor of Benjamin Wheeler. Ben loved soccer, the Beatles, lighthouses and taking swimming lessons. He wanted to be an architect and a paleontologist because that's what his older brother, Nate, wanted to be and he wanted to do everything Nate did.
Today, remember what shapes us is what we build and what we create. As we venture off to enjoy our Saturday, what kindness will you shape today? Here is the FB and event page to share your posts on this 19th day of kindness in honor of Ben.
P.S. There is an extension planned for December 15th. Ashley Petersen is doing one extra day of kindness to honor everyone else: the survivors, teachers, first responders, friends and family.
Image of Haddon Hall carriage house by Greg Bilowz ©
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