One of my favorite childhood books (and movies) was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It was published in 1910/1911. Since reading that book I've often imagined finding, exploring, and having a secret garden of my own.
For me, the Back Garden at the Cottage is my secret garden. Come along with me and I'll show you my Secret Garden!
The old elm at the bottom of the garden is a destination on a hot, Summer's day. Beneath the elm I can count on shade and cooler temperatures.
A table and chairs in the shade of the old elm allow me, or me and a friend to stay awhile, sit a spell, and enjoy a cool libation. Or, to - in solitude - simply, quietly pen entries into my Gratitude Journal.
In a quiet corner of my Secret Garden is a spot where a few of the Cottage Cats now rest in peace. A low fence of chicken wire prevents the Chicken Girls from scratching about and disturbing that small plot.
A small rock garden is a receptacle for interesting artifacts and pretty shards of pottery and china that hint at the lives of previous residents of the Cottage. These bits and pieces of Cottage and farm life are unearthed by the Chicken Girls as they scratch about. As I find them I toss them into the rock garden.
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