Inside Mt. Vernon

Join me for a step inside Mt. Vernon

After the brightness and warmth of a summer’s day outside in the garden, it is cool inside and rather dark. Mt. Vernon is a very small house which was built in 1892. Having entered the front door, there is no hall, I stand infront of the stairs leading to the next floor where the Bach Centre offices are. To my left and my right are two little sitting rooms. I step into the left room and see the dark bulky furniture that Dr Bach made in the winter's of his time at Mt. Vernon. 

Victor Bullen Nora WeeksDr Bachs typewriter the left front room at Mt. Vernon

Everything appears quaint and old fashioned and has been hardly altered since the thirties; it is like a miniature museum. I sit down in one of the old chairs and take a look around. Again here I sense an almost uncanny peace, as in the garden. It is easy to imagine previous owners chatting here in evenings long past. I see Dr Bach’s black typewriter and think of some of his writings he typed on that (probably) loud and cumbersome machine. 

There is a bookshelf, also recognisable as having been carpentered by Edward Bach, he had an unique style. Old and new books on flower essences are askew in it and I walk over to browse with curiosity. Looking around, I see two water colours and wonder if Nora Weeks was the artist, one is of her and the other is of Victor Bullen*. 

the bookshelves at Mt. VernonLounge Mt. Vernon2nd living room at Mt Vernon

The familiar photo of Edward Bach is over the fire place. I see a poem painted on wood over the fireplace and ask myself who wrote this so apt poem: Deep Peace of the Running wave to you. Deep Peace of the Flowing Air to you. Deep Peace of the of the Quiet Earth to you. Deep Peace of the of the Shining Stars to you. Deep Peace of the Son of Peace to you.

I take time to flick through the visitors book, marvelling at the wide range of countries from where people have come from to visit the Bach Centre: Japan, Australia, Canada, South America, Scandanavia... for some reason I have never felt drawn to write anything in there although this is my third visit to the Centre. I wander out of this front room, it leads to the shop at the Centre which I then take a look at. A wide variety of products to do with Bach remedies are on sale here as are books in the previous room. Although I am drawn to the commerce surrounding the remedies, I decide to retreat and walk back into the garden, down the steep steps and then out into the village.

* Nora Weeks and Victor Bullen were Edward Bach's assistants.

Next: in the village where Dr Bach lived: Brightwell-cum-Sotwell

More about Mt. Vernon in my book: One Person's Journey, short Stories about Dr. Bach's flower remedies. Find out more now!


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Vera Rehorova
Hallo Nicola, I like the Black Forest- just saw on the photos not in real. But love it. I#m from the Czech republic. I use Bach flower remedies too with my son. I send my kind regards. Vera

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Nicola Hanefeld 15My name is Nicola Hanefeld, I am English but I've lived in the Black Forest area in Freiburg, Germany, since 1981. I was a biology teacher before I left England. I have been a BFRP since 1997 and am also a trainer for Bach Centre approved courses. I have three wonderful children, all grown up now and am blessed with three grand-children. I'm a member of Greenpeace and am also a teacher of the Alexander Technique.

Alongside the Bach flowers, photography is one of my passions. Follow me on Instagram where I share my photos. Another passion is writing, and you will find many stories relating to my experiences with Edward Bach's amazing remedies in my book One Person's Journey.





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