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Wednesday, 4 April 2012

The Secret Garden

They went for a wander.  Time for the little ones to run and play.   
The sky, dark and brooding.  A chink of light in the swirling ink, a whisper of promise, unfulfilled. 
The children saw it first.  A little hole in the hedge, low to the ground.  Peeping through.  Time for an adventure.
On all fours they clambered through, emerging into a childsize avenue.  Like Alice down a rabbit hole.  Dimly lit by rationed light, going nowhere.  Thick growth on either side.  Excited hearts beating fast.  Finding another hole, they pushed through, emerging into a forgotten place.
A mossy court, carpeted in shades of gold and green.  Tattered strings, hanging low.
The pavilion long abandoned, a quiet place to sit awhile.  Shards of weakly warm sun shining on this place alone.  
The little ones discovering trees, laddered branches, perfect for climbing.
Flower rings and robin song.  Children’s voices awakening the lost garden, a slumbering secret.
Abandoned and unloved but quietly thriving.
Golden trumpets through a broken pane.
Time to leave their magical world.
Poking a head out through the hedge, making sure they are not seen.  They shouldn't have been there, but it belonged to them for a short while.  They awakened its spirit.  Holding the secret in their hearts.  They will return again soon.  Please don’t tell.

PS:  Just realised today is VJ's one year blogversary and the 100th VJ post!  Thank you dear readers and followers for joining VJ along her rambling way.


Melanie said...

Lovely photos and happy one year blogiversary xx

Isobel said...

What a lovely post and pictures! Happy blogsversary and 100th post!! xx

Bee happy said...

Great photos, would be wonderful to have this as your back garden :) congrats on your anniversary sweetie

Bee happy x
Have a delicious day!

Jen said...

You brought the magic of childhood to life in this post!

YeamieWaffles said...

I love these photos Jane, what you did is so awesome, it seems like a lot of fun for a child to me. Congratulations on your pair of milestones too, Happy Bloggiversary!

Eleni said...

Happy Blogiversary!

That garden looks magical :)

Miss Simmonds Says said...

Happy Blogiversary! I used to love sneaking into secret places like that, though didn't anywhere quite as magical

Rose H (UK) said...

Certainly a beautiful, magical post Marina.
Many congratulations on your blogaversary, here's to many more years.
Rose H

Jelly Jam said...

Lovely post. How exciting finding somewhere abandoned. There's always something magical about places like that.
Happy Blogoversary!

Anonymous said...

Great tale...full of excitement and suspense for the explorers. Traipsing through unknown territories (it's all about being somewhere where you're not supposed to be) wondering what you will find. It's a cool place!

Kelly-Marie said...

Happy Blogversary! Oh how magical.You are very lucky to have found such a special place. It looks like the perfect place to escape to and read. x

Floss said...

What a thrilling adventure - just what I would have loved to discover! When we first came to France we lived near an abandoned farm which was similarly exciting, but too dangerous for children, of course. And congrats on one year and 100 posts! It's been a real pleasure to find you here in blogland.

Anonymous said...

What a gorgeous thatched pavillion and a fabulous tree - I loved that secret adventure, thank you. One year, well done! Looking foward to reading your next one too...... many congratulations VJ

greenthumb said...

How wonderful to have an adventure they will remember that for all time.

Brown Paper Packages said...

There very own secret garden! What powerful little conjurers to have manifested such a magnificent adventure! Moments they will surely treasure forever! I smiled form ear to ear since I recalled a day where my sister and I were lucky enough o find an old abandoned
house in a paddock once... we spent hours there imagining what secrets the walls held. This truly is the stuff of dreams. Your secret is safe with me :-)
Happy anniversary! Angy Xx

Katie said...

What a lovely, inspiring post. So glad I found you and your secret garden today! Love Katie x

Miss Maple said...

Such a nice and magical story! Congratulations for your first year.

Miss Maple said...

And thank you for following. So sweet from you!

Lorraine Young Pottery said...

The first picture looks like a water fairy.

:-} xxx Lorraine xxx

nilly said...

This lovely post reminded me of a Japanese animated film about a secret, magical world discovered by 2 little girls - My Neighbour Totoro - the little ones might well enjoy it.

Sylvia said...

How exciting that secret garden !
Congratulations on your one year blogversary !
Wish you a wonderful Easter weekend,

his_girl_friday said...

I love kids climbing trees!

Am Bothan said...

Happy Blogversary and Many Happy Returns!

polkadotpeticoat said...

I am in love with that tree....all of your pictures were wonderful!

his_girl_friday said...

Beautiful post.

In My Wild Eden said...

Happy anniversary! What an enchanting post. It was very fun to read.