The Secret Room and the Three Gold Rings of Heyope

000195Having experienced enough city moments we travelled West and found the little village of Heyope. Heyope is first mentioned in the episcopal records of 1398 AD. and it was at Heyope that they unearthed the famous three golden ribbon torcs thought to be crafted between 1600 to 1200 B.C.. (See picture).

Close by, the HoBB Gardens grow – a ‘place’ for friends to explore and for them to find their own ‘Sense of Place’. Two maps of the original gardens exist – one to view and the other to understand. Little gates like the one created by Jeanne Corte ( see lead out into the fields around and to a network of footpaths trodden for centuries.

There’s an art to opening and closing some of the curious doors leading into the Bods and Bedrooms here. One of the earliest doors to be carved, leads to the FOURTH ROOM where we have now placed the following passage by an *unknown author:

ALTHOUGH SIMPLE AND SPARE, the Fourth Room was not without its sense of style and purpose. Light blue painted, tranquil, but quiet. Those there, though friendly enough, looked enquiringly at the girl who had just that minute walked in.

‘Good afternoon fellow seeker’, said the HoBB Guide, ‘Let me introduce you all to this Seeker who is looking for her way in the wide world’.

‘Then let us discuss it’ said one of those who was there, ‘for few questions could be more interesting and it is a subject on which we know nothing’

‘The Guide turned to the Seeker and, with a voice that was only straightforward said ‘Welcome to this Room of Great Unknowing.’

‘Unknowing!’ cried the Seeker leaping as if she had been bitten by an asp, ‘How now! Am I so dim and dumb that now I am put among the ignorant? Give me prizes maybe, give me Logic or give me Expertise, but whatever you do, tell me, if you can, what Fools are these that refuse Glory, Reason and Riches and huddle here in their Room of Great Unknowing!’

The HoBB Guide looked steadily at the Seeker. ‘These Fools, as you call them, are those that have lived long in this place of infinite rooms and seen, as I have, many seekers come and go. They too enjoyed the applause on first arrival in Room One and tired of it. In Room Two they understood Reason’s power but saw its failure to light fires in the mind. They have seen in Room Three, that Experience, though of great value, all too often fails to change the world.’

‘If I were you’ continued the Guide as he settled among his closest of friends, ‘I should ask your best Question here. For here alone, I feel, they will listen, and fashion an answer that is yours alone. Here they are not fooled by fashion, tamed by reason or trapped by experience, but choose to work in the Fourth Room which is the only place where true answers can be found.’


We do not know the specific author who gifted these words. A plain crisp envelope containing them was found at the HoBB Gardens, obviously placed here by a garden visitor but without a signature. If they were the seeker, they found much understanding here, and in return, put into words what we find more easy to express in feelings.

From time to time, we are all fooled by fashion, tamed by reason and trapped by experience. Your surroundings influence you – you interact with them often without realising it. When I design living environments, I look forward, aiming to feel the total outcome of experiencing them. When I visit existing environments, I study the results achieved by their use before looking at their fixings and finishes.

Through market research, we can only explore today, survey yesterdays and surmise the possible results of our actions. Market Research can help us to avoid designing further environments that have failed historically. Real ‘wisdom before the event’ in all areas of society, can only come through developing intuitive skills.

We should all be designing today, for tomorrow, with a full understanding of the past. If this is your view too, you will be alongside friends when you open the door and enter the HoBB Gardens. If you intuitively have thoughts about opening your next door forward or wish help in creating more room for your infinity to thrive, we are already in contact with eachother, complete the circle and say hello.

If you are a Seeker, how many doors have you opened so far? What room are you happy to live within? You are welcome to share your findings with us and we hope we can open doors for you – for here we will listen, and fashion an answer that is yours alone.

Become a “Friend of The HoBB” – be friendly

IMAGENAMEHEREWe get asked: “How do I become a Friend of The HoBB?”

There’s only one answer, ‘be friendly’.

On one occasion, my reply didn’t satisfy somebody who thought we should have some involved annual membership scheme with cards, newsletters and shopping discount deals. Perhaps he was head of a marketing company that put these packages together but whatever, I repeated it was THAT simple and sent him the following note, hoping that one day he’d wise up and answer the question himself, that way, getting the only true answer there is.

“When your friends say to you “Stay in touch”, think it through in two ways:

Firstly, if your Heart Centre does not want to ‘keep in touch’ with the friend, let the friendship move on and take their words to mean “remain ‘in-touch’ with self and environment” – like a wonderful (fare well?) wish for your best future. Only at primary school are harsh words said, face to face, for example, “You’re not my best friend this week”. Most adults are nowhere near as straight forward, and tend to prefer fully fledged break-ups or drift-aparts rather than part-time ones ‘on hold’.

And secondly, if your inner awareness tells you that you need the connection with that friend, or vice versa, let the friend know, and keep the friendship moving wherever it goes and make sure you do remain in touch by ‘being there’ when required. It is often said that true friends may not contact each other for many years yet they are able to pick up the phone and speak as if no time had passed – this is true.

In primary school, the question, “Will you be my friend?” is not uncommon, but adults rarely use this straight forward approach to gaining friends. If one adult asks another, “How many friends have you?” , it seems straight forward but it is usually said reflectively, meaning “How many true or good friends do you have?” rather than work colleagues or acquaintances.

‘Good Friends and True’. The truth as to whether someone is a ‘Friend’ can only be told in the telling, and there’s no telling whether someone is a friend until they are a friend – a friend in deed.”

I didn’t get a reply. He is probably a “Friend of the National Portrait Gallery” or a natural history museum. Such friendship comes at a price. I am sure he didn’t understand my reply.  Anyway, his lack of understanding or belief prompted me to write this blog.

If you want to become a “Friend”, ask not for the recipe, write your own and send it to us.

Waves ~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant