Have You Found Your Little Piece Of Heaven?

Heaven Farm - Millennium Water Wheel - In the Bluebell Woods of Heaven Farm, on the Nature Trail, lies the Millennium Water Wheel.
@Darkwing (21586)
May 5, 2008 7:11pm CST
Well, it rained last night and again this morning, and although the forecast had changed a little, and we had hazy sunshine today, there were no buses through the village, so Hastings Jack In The Green Fest was out. Perhaps next year!Instead, I decided to go, with my Son's family, to Heaven Farm, which isn't nearly as far, and for which we didn't need to leave so early. So, I was picked up and off we went... it was beautiful there today, and I found my little piece of Heaven for the afternoon. Famous for its' nature trail, magnificent spring display of bluebells and its foxgloves which stand tall above a carpet of lush green in the summer, this unique farm is well documented back to the year 1387. It is said that “time stood still” here and walking around the now one-hundred-and-eighty-year-old farm buildings, you can understand why. You can imagine the Saxon pig-drovers and the Iron Age people, whilst treading the trail of hammer ponds an undulating countryside. Ashdown Forest is a section of the original St. Leonard’s Forest - the great forest of Andereswald - which lay between the North and South Downs and stretched east to west for a hundred miles, inhabited by deer, wolves, wild boar, and, of course, man. St. Leonard’s Forest has seen Saxon pig drovers, iron smelters, Romans, Tudors and smugglers through its years; the area now being known as The Weald of Sussex - no longer a giant forest but a patchwork of woodlands and heath, interspersed with areas of farmland and intersected by a series of streams… a place of much folklore and legend. We took the Nature trail which takes in a woodland park and waterside walk around the farm, with its abundance of beautiful white wood anemones and rich, blue carpet of bluebells in spring or in summer, it’s rich, green glades of foxgloves, attracting the bees. Further along the trail, we encountered an ancient Bloomery, which is thought to have survived since Roman times, the Millennium Water Wheel, an old pack horse bridge, a three-hundred-year old dam, and many badger sets and foxes’ earths bored into the undergrowth. On the final part of the trail, as you come back towards the Farmhouse, you can see a pen with wallabies and their joeys hopping around, or merely lazing in the afternoon sun. Many a sunny afternoon could be whiled away in the cool woodland and beside the water, on a wooden bench. After that, we spent a little time taking in the view across the open countryside of Sussex, before returning to my Son's Kentucky Chicken which I had with salad. We sat in the garden after eating, and chatted awhile, enjoying the evening air. Where do you find your little piece of heaven?
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hi Darkwing! I am so happy to know that you have found your little piece of Heaven and enjoyed every minute of it. I believe I will if I have also basked in that serene beautiful sight you have just seen. I live in a city and although there are a lot of beautiful landscapes outside our region, but it has been a long while since I took a trip to see a little piece of Heaven. I just stay home most of the time and if I get out mostly it is only within the city. However, I am still happy that within my home, I have my own little piece of Heaven...every evening I just sat at our garden under the night sky, illuminated by so many twinkling stars and the bright moon. I enjoy my piece and quiet there for a few minutes with hubby just holding hands and finding strength and hope from the serenity of the evening sky. There I found my little piece of Heaven. Just my thoughts dear. Take care and have a nice day!
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Oh wow... how wonderful that sounds, my friend. I love to sit under the night sky too, even alone, and feel the power of silence. I love to contemplate the Moon and stars. I even named a star after my little grandson, who passed away, some years ago. Thank you for sharing... you just completed a wonderful day for me. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. xx
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@faith210 (11232)
• Philippines
6 May 08
Hi Darkwing! That is very sweet thing to do, naming a star after your grandson. You just gave me a beautiful, wonderful idea my friend. Tonight, I am going to look for a beautiful star that is so bright and will named it after my late beloved mother, so I can talk look up in the sky each night and talk to her. I am so excited. I love you dear friend! You just inspire me so much. Just my thoughts dear. Take care and have a nice day!
@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Awwwwww... yes, that will be lovely. Venus is one of the brightest stars of Summer, my friend, and Venus is the Goddess of Love. You'd do well to choose that one for your Momma. Have an awesome night with your very special Mom. Love you too, my friend, and thank you for your kind words. xxx
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• United States
6 May 08
My little piece of heaven would be off of the island I live on. It would be at one of the monuments in Washington D.C. They really are peaceful and there's a lot of things to learn from, unlike this island. Besides, there is so much to do in Washington D.C. especially shopping, which puts me at a weird ease. I'm weird, I know. =] And "A Little Piece of Heaven" is a song too. =]
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Is it really a song? Wow... I'm going to have to look that up now! There's nothing weird about enjoying shopping and monuments. If that's what you like, and what gives you your little piece of heaven, then sobeit. Thank you for your contribution my friend, and Brightest Blessings. x
@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Ewwww... I found it... a rather gruesome video to accompany it too! lol.
@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Wow... thank you for that my friend. I can see better why Spazticlastic dreams so much of being there now. xx
@mummymo (23707)
6 May 08
Darkwing thank you yet again for taking me along on such a marvellous day out with you - it certainly makes up for all those times I feel unable to leave the house! It certainly does sound like a little slice of heaven here on earth and I am glad that you found it along with your family! I guess my slice of heaven for the moment is just when I am surrounded by my kids and my other half and we are all playing a game or just enjoying each others company! Cliche I know but it is true! xxx
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
You're welcome my friend. I agree about those family times. They kind of remind me of when I was a kid and we didn't watch a lot of TV, or anything. We did a lot of those family things, and spent a lot of time outside with friends too... times were "safer" and we could be more adventurous. Brightest Blessings, and thank you for your contribution, my dear friend. xxx
@wickedangel (1636)
• Dominican Republic
6 May 08
sunrise over the caribbean sea - Catching the sun playing peekaboo with the clouds
Wow Darkwing, thank you so much for sharing this wonderful day with us, so expressive - I could see it all in front of me. It isn't a surprise that there were no buses on a bank holiday - it is the day when all public transport stops running - you just have to have a car to go anywhere. Government encourages us to go and visit places but we can't get there, incredible! Such a shame you couldn't get to Hastings..:( I love the old woodlands, it is just such a shame that there are so few of them left and only patches, rather than those wonderful places, miles and miles long. Those carpets of flowers are just so beautiful in the spring time - you can see the spirits and faeries buzzing around the place. I'm not so sure about seeing Kangaroos though! Not really the right sort of place for them, but heh they are mother nature's creatures and if they are happy in the UK with the cold weather then so be it. Such a shame that we have lost some of our origingal species, like the wolf, wild boars etc. Fantastic to see history in that setting, with the fields, streams, flowers and woodland... and even better still, sharing it with your family. Wonderful. My piece of heaven - now that is a good question. I would to say that funnily enough it would be places like this in the UK but as I'm not there I find peace and quiet first thing in the morning. Sometimes we get up around 6am and BF goes snorkling and I walk along the beach. I love to watch the sun come up and play with the clouds, peaking in and out and creating such a wonderful assortment of colours and patterns. If the sea is as flat as a mill pond (as it was the other day) then it is absolutely awe inspiring. And you are alone which I like too. I have added a picture of the sunrise for you to share with me. Thanks for sharing this day and your thoughts with us.
@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Thank you my dear friend. There were some buses running where there's normally a Sunday service, but there's no Sunday service in the village, so no buses, I'm afraid. Never mind. I've learned that I either have to go to Bath for a couple of nights, or to Hastings, next year, and in the meantime, maybe I can get down to Eastbourne for the Lammas festival. There's lots of places here that have wallabies. Tilgate Park has them in its animal area, Leonardslee Gardens, and Heaven Farm, and that's in a tight area of Sussex. There are also a couple of Llama Parks, and one place, I can't remember where, but fairly closeby, with a whole penned in field full of Wallabies. You're right... I like wolves... not sure about wild boars but they're historic and interesting. But then again, badgers are lovely animals and I adore owls. Thank you for the lovely picture and your description of your little piece of Heaven in the Dominican Republic. Brightest Blessings, my dear friend. xx
@cheney (199)
• Hong Kong
6 May 08
It's so nice to enjoy such kind of scenery. I used to live in a village surrounded by mountains and brooks. I spent my happy childhood there. I love the peace of nature. But now I live in a big city surrounded by buildings and noisy streets. I miss the green color in my memory. But it's almost a dream for me to go back there. That's maybe my little piece of heaven.
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Yes, I think the countryside might well be your little piece of heaven, my friend, and it's always good to go back to a place that gives you such a peaceful feeling, especially when you live in a busy city. Brightest Blessings, and thank you for your contribution. x
@GardenGerty (124404)
• United States
6 May 08
I love to go to the lakes nearby. We have nothing here with that much known history. I have looked at some historical places about, and one or two hysterical (funny) places. I would say though that a place called Lake Kanopolis, would be the most heavenly place nearby for me. I used to feel that way about my grandparents farm, when they were living. We could walk a little ways away, and wade in a creek and dig in a sandbar. I would see woodland plants, and somewhere, deep inside me, I would know their names, without ever having looked them up to my knowledge. I also find it very heavenly to sit on my own front porch, with all the trees grown up to shield me from the street and sidewalk. I like to watch the various birds that visit, and the squirrels chase each other. Once my husband even picked a baby possum from our cherry tree.
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Firstly, thank you my friend, for a very descriptive and enjoyable contribution. I think we all like to escape into a little dream world of our own every so often, and that becomes our little piece of heaven. Water is especially soothing, and often chosen as a place where one can dream. Awww, how sweet the baby possum must have been! Brightest Blessings, my dear friend, and thank you again. xx
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
6 May 08
as always mostly in our back yard . But Sat. we went to a park and had a picnis. Had a play ground for Cheyenne and I grilled hot dogs. They have walk ways thru it with differnt plants and trees with signs to let you know what they are. VEry pleasamt
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
That sounds a lovely, relaxing place to be my friend. It sounds similar to our Tilgate Park. I'll have to take you visually around there, sometime, if I haven't already. The grandchildren love going over there because in addition to play areas and a large lake, they have an animal and bird enclosure. The animals are mainly farm and pet animals, with exception to the wallabies, but they love going round there. I'm sure Chey had a brilliant time. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my dear friend. xx
@Lakota12 (42678)
• United States
7 May 08
not sure if you have took me there yet. BUt all was fun to see. We wanted to go to another park but boy was it ful with boy scouts and all those tents lol and tehn last night they had a stabbing in that park. So some one just hads to ruin it for people. But it is a nice park with a big pond and I saw geese and duck and lots of birds up by the pond altho we didnt walk up there the day we went there. guess best time for that park is thru the week not that many people there .
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@Darkwing (21586)
9 May 08
Yes, I think it would be more peaceful during the week, rather than a busy, Bank Holiday weekend, but you enjoyed it my friend, and you can always go back when it's quieter. xxxx
@weemam (13377)
6 May 08
I find mine lots of places pal,anywhere it is nice and quiet and nice views , we have our favourite spot at loch Lomond too as you now , It has been gorgeous here the last 2 days but rained last night a wee while , I have just washed the car with Ross and he only had shorts on , It is lovely, I am so pleased you enjoyed your day out ,I haven't forgot about the piece of writing you sent me pal , I want to find time to read it in peace xx
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
No worries about the writing, my friend. I hope you enjoy it. Yes, I do know about your love for Loch Lomond. I looked at some pictures of it the other day to see what your attraction was, and I didn't need to search any further. It's a beautiful place, and I can imagine the peace you find there. We've had three really warm and pleasant days as well... don't send the rain down here, will you!!! I'm enjoying the weather as is. I sat out in the garden for a while yesterday. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my dear friend. xxx
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@weemam (13377)
7 May 08
It has been glorious here again today , I steam cleaned and hoovered all the inside of the car and cleaned all the windows in it too , then went down to Mum and Dads and hang the bedroom curtains and polished all her furniture , I don't know where the energy came from :) . I am now playing on Ross laptop :) have a great day pal xxx
@Darkwing (21586)
8 May 08
It was here too, my friend, but I wasn't as energetic as you. Only did some washing! I went to the Darts Finals Night tonight, and am now quite tired. I got to see my friend, also, and he is much better... back to normal now. Have a great day tomorrow! xxx
@paid2write (5201)
6 May 08
I found a lovely country park near to where I live in Hampshire. It used to be the estate of a big country house which has been demolished. There is an ornamental lake and remains of a terrace with a shell grotto. There are paths leading through the woodlands and across meadows, where you can see deer feeding and buzzards gliding overhead. I am looking forward to spending some quiet days there this summer.
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Wow... that sounds beautiful, my friend. I can see three country parks in your area and each of them sounds equally pleasant. It's lovely to escape into the countryside once in a while, and be at one with nature, isn't it? I was up one of the country lanes about a week ago, in the village, and spotted a mother deer with three babies crossing the road between a farm and the woods, and we have a badger which visits our garden every night to take bread that my downstairs neighbour leaves on her window ledge. I love all that! Brightest Blessings, and I hope you get to find your little piece of heaven regularly this summer.
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6 May 08
You are so lucky to have a badger visit your garden. I have seen them in the wild several times.
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
Yes, it's nice to see him. Luckily, the girl downstairs is a wildlife lover and she encourages them to the garden. The only hangup is when they start to call their mates at two o'clock in the morning... that awful screech!!! They can be quite viscious, but beautiful animals.
• India
7 May 08
My piece of heaven will be when i sp[end time with friends in any resorts or pubs .. he he but i will get a lot of happiness whenever i do these things .. so i consider as heaven.
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@Darkwing (21586)
8 May 08
Ah yes, friends shape our lives my friends. We could never manage without them and our families around us. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution.
@anex08 (868)
• Philippines
7 May 08
We've shared great pasta my mother had prepared last night.. we are complete though some was not able to attend our gatherings but they have good excuses. Laughter seems like came from my early childhood where we use to play and tease each other with nonsense things for the purpose of having my little brother cry. hahaha!! its really great having my family around and complete and that's my little piece of heaven everytime it happens.
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@Darkwing (21586)
8 May 08
Yes, I agree, it's great and nostalgic when a family comes together, as one big unit. Brightest Blessings my dear friend and thank you for your contribution. x
@maddysmommy (16232)
• United States
7 May 08
Recently it was in the Cook Islands - awww it was just the upmost beautiful place and relaxing home we rented for 7 days. I felt like I was in heaven with and outdoor pool, decked out bbq area, huge dining and living room areas and just a lovely place for relaxing, reading a book, spending time with family and in the pool having fun. Our trip was not long enough and I wish I was back there again.
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
It sounds to me that you were meant to be someplace like that, my friend. Maybe if you wish hard enough, you'll get back there for a longer period sometime. I hope so, anyway. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution. xxx
@vaishalik (237)
• India
7 May 08
Well, there is song in our Marathi that if I have smiling stars in my home then why I look to the sky? So I have my heaven in my home only & you know happiness is the everyday sunshine of our life.
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@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
A wonderful thought, my friend. I'm glad you're happy with Heaven in your home. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution. x
@Hatley (164180)
• Garden Grove, California
6 May 08
Darkwing have you ever heard of the 'bluebird of happiness? wellit turns out its right in your own back yard. so my little place of happiness is outside my own front door of my apartment. there are two big gnarled Cedar trees leaning over my patio birchwood fence. In one is a birdsnest with mom robin and her mate and four babies. In other big pear and apple trees sit the big old saucy black birds cawing over every little thing. Aroung our apartments bloom various blooming shrubs and evenseveral hisbiscus shrubs plus various flowers now in bloom. a humming bird darts here and there gathering up nectar. butterflie flit through the shrubs. a mockingbird is sending up her song of] praise for our garden complex and the sun has hidden behind a cloud right now. we have at least a dozen different kinds of trees here and we host a whole lot of birds here too. whats so nice is that we seem to be a regular united nations here with peopleof every race and every age from two months to ninety years of age.
@Darkwing (21586)
7 May 08
What a beautiful description of your garden, my friend! I sat out in mine for a while yesterday, watching the father blackbird scurrying around the lawn and garden, digging up grubs for the three fledglings who were either just beneath the hedge, or closeby, in case of danger. He was digging up the grubs and taking them the the young ones. I don't know where mother was, but I'm sure she was somewhere around. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my friend. xx
@Bizziebod (3526)
6 May 08
Sounds like a beautiful place - you seem to have some really nice places to visit by you and I thought I lived in a particularly nice part of the world! My little piece of heaven is in my mind, when I'm feeling content and when the sun is shining like it is today! When everything is good in the world and I've sorted out my problems, that my idea of a piece of heaven! Blessed be! x
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
You do live in a beautiful place, my friend. I love to visit that part of the country and am on a near-promise from my friend, to visit with him, sometime soon. I've only been onto Dartmoor the once in a car, and not stopped, but there's a feeling about the area, and I would love him to show me around a place he knows well. I want to exploor Dartmoor and maybe even Bodmin Moor someday. I love the seaside and the country places in your neck of the woods, and they are indeed, comparable to mine. I think our little pieces of Heaven are in all our minds my friend, but you get the feeling when you're in some places, that this is a place you could spend an awful lot of time, in contentment and peace. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my dear friend. xx
@xParanoiax (6997)
• United States
6 May 08
I'm sad to say I don't have one yet. In the form of a place or a person, or anything really. I suppose I used to have one back when I lived on our farm, it was the bridge that went over our creek, in the spring when the honeysuckle and lilacs bloomed. The trees created a little mini-atmosphere which was so pleasant and cool, and if you sat still enough the birds would sing again (we had red-wing blackbirds, gold finches, along with more common birds like wrens, swallows, and such). It was just so peaceful, and it smelled heavenly to me. I used to go out there and read all the time.
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@Darkwing (21586)
6 May 08
Oh wow! That sure sounds like heaven to me. I have honeysuckle and lilac in my garden... lots of it, and I love to sit out there with the birds, and read my book. Most of the birds you mention are in my garden too, plus my robin friend, who sits on the fence and sings to me. He's always here... year after year. I love the mock orange blossom in June too... the scent from that is wonderful and fills the whole garden with a sweet perfume. Brightest Blessings, and thank you for your contribution, my friend. You had me daydreaming there, for a moment. x
@Jemina (5773)
9 May 08
With the coming of Spring time, the trees have come to life again. The birds are flying over my head across the water and the ducks are wading into the river. Occassionaly a stray cat walks through the bushes and a rabbit hops around hunting for food. Wensum Park. Yes, that's my piece of heaven.
@Darkwing (21586)
9 May 08
You make Wensum Park sound really heavenly with your words, my friend. The trees have certainly burst back into life in the last couple of weeks, haven't they? All is green again... I love it. Brightest Blessings and thank you for your contribution, my friend. I can just imagine from your words, sitting in the Park there with you. x
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@Jemina (5773)
9 May 08
I really love passing through the park when I go to the gym or to the city center. Wensum park is just next door and times like this when the sun is high above me I love to go to my piece of heaven. The children playing also bring smile to my face.
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@Darkwing (21586)
9 May 08
Yes, it's nice just to stop and take in the beauty and wonder of all that's around us. I love the sound of children's laughter echoing in the still, summer air. That, and the distant chime of the church clock. xxx
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