For a long time now
the Secret Garden has been
a large part of life at the Cottage.
As the story goes,
the key was found which unlocked the gate and opened up a place of magic.
A place of magic where
humans, animals, plants, flowers
reside in harmony...
Where seasons change
and turn views into...
...blossoms dripping like Purple Rain...
...breezes gently swaying,
accompanied by wind chimes...
...under a canopy of autumn colors.
Tables were set for tea...
...books could be read
and dreams come alive in the dappled sunlight...
...life was comfortable inside a screened porch...
...while fairies danced out in the garden.
Dragonflies made their way by candlelight...
...and a path always led to a place of the heart.
The past two years have been hard.
Things have changed in the world and the Secret Garden has changed along with it.
Last winter a snow storm came along
and took its toll on the garden...
What was once a lovely cottage,
surrounded by trees that protected from hot summer sun
has now become..
...a place of
devastation and destruction.
Three trees had to be taken down
after they cracked under the pressure of the storm
and instead of purple rain over the gazebo and the Cottage roof
there is now a cover of broken limbs and debris...
...and there are piles of broken tree branches here
and in the neighbor's yard as well.
What used to be our summer place
in the country
is now just a shell of its former self
and it will take a lot of work
to begin to rebuild it.
One good thing is that
we will have more sunlight
so some pretty flowers can grow
where they couldn't before.
It will be a place
to be proud of once again
but it will take awhile.
We are still waiting on
the black top for the driveway
and after that happens
there will be painting and replanting
It seems like a big job
but little by little it will get done.
"Where you plant a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow."
"The Secret Garden"
neither rose nor thistle can grow,
but in time...
I am going to take
some time off from the blog
but will be back with
some prettiness to share.
Stay well and see you in a few.
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