Fragrance Quote for November 26th, 2012-from Hampshire: its past and present condition, and future prospects By Robert Mudie

Oaks at the Sea Shore

Toward the upper part of this bay the shores slope gradually, and the soil consists, in great part, of sand; but this is, in some sort compensated by the carpet of ground roses which nature has spread thickly over the surface, and which, when they are in flower, have a very delightful fragrance; they are low and creeping, and have more the appearance of being pencilled on the ground, than that of ordinary rose-trees, even the common wild roses which climb in the hedges. This, however, takes nothing from their beauty; and their quiet situation, together with a southern sun, exhaling their fragrance, and the fresh air, at the same time, stealing gently up from the sea to replace that which the heat elevates, render the place exceedingly delightful. This is not diminished by the amphitheatre of heights which swell around, clothed with verdure, and enriched by little groves; and the small parish church of St Brelade, standing near the water-edge, which is said to be the oldest in the island, and which is in the most simple and primitive style, without tower, or spire, or other ornament, gives a finish to the scene, and makes one fancy one's self in a land of the most primeval innocence. Though upon a smaller scale, this bay far exceeds in simple beauty the bay of St. Aubin's, with its town, its towers, and its other insignia of the bustle and warfare of human beings; for, though this is at so small a distance, yet passing from the one to the other is like a transition from the turmoil of the busy world to the repose and peace of an Eden.
 Hampshire: its past and present condition, and future prospects
 By Robert Mudie