Posted in Adventure, Books, Nature/animals, tagged Crocus, Downers Grove, Jane Yolen, Little Free Libraries, Little Free Library, Lyman Woods, Lyman Woods in Downers Grove, Martin Waddell, Owl Babies, Owl Moon, walking on Saturday, April 1, 2017|
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I was wandering about on an unexplored path in Lyman Woods when I spotted crocus pushing through the remnants of last Autumn. Not yet open, they were a wee bit of optimism on a cool and cloudy day. The path was muddy and the grayness of the day lent an air of melancholy to my mood. These determined early spring bulbs offered an antidote of encouragement. Here was life, in its simplest of forms, in budding blooms and clinging to decaying logs on the forest floor.
Sometimes, we just have to look to find hope just beyond our footsteps.
The day turned misty and there were not many folks walking the woods, so, I stayed closer to the entrance, exploring the small, still sleeping gardens near the nature center, scoping it out for future visits with our Up North family. As I shuffled about, I could hear a chorus of spring peepers in the near distance, which called me further along a rustic path.
As I walked, I wondered aloud –
“What is that I see beyond this tree?”.
A little library calling me.
One never knows where a Little Free Library will appear. It may even pop up in a forest.
Of course, I opened the small little door, well appointed with a knob fashioned into a twig. There were several books inside, and I found these two, which I know will be enjoyed by our grandchildren – and their mommy who is known to go owling when she hears the hoots of owls late at night.
What discoveries have you made along your paths lately? Have you found any good books?
Owl Moon image from here
Owl Babies image from here.
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Posted in Adventure, Books, Gardening, Nature/animals, tagged Frances Hodgson Burnett, garden doors, Little Free Libraries, Rotary Gardens, Rotary Gardens in Janesville Wisconsin, The Secret Garden on Tuesday, June 30, 2015|
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Ever since reading Frances Hodgson Burnett’s “A Secret Garden” as a child, I have been intrigued by garden doors, imagining myself as Mary Lennox, wondering what is beyond a locked door.
So it was upon entering the Rotary Gardens in Janesville, Wisconsin that my imagination grew like Jack’s beanstalk and I squealed in girlish glee “oh, this is wonderful“. There I was, hopping around, opening and closing garden doors, peering into windows and otherwise embarrassing Tom who, after all these years, is used to my childish ways about these bookish gardening “things”.
There were doors opening on doors as groomsmen in gray – and senior citizens in greige -averted their eyes to the gleeful granny and her indulgent companion.
Isn’t it grand to discover something creative and open your imagination for a bit? Maybe it was because we had just spent several days with our darling grandchildren who love to pretend that images of Alice in Wonderland and Dorothy and Toto following a yellow brick road came to mind.
Well, dear reader, when one door closes another opens, and so it did as something else caught my eye.
Can you see it? Click on the photo for a better look.
Scattered about the gardens were many of these boxes. They reminded me of the Little Free Libraries and were painted in all manner of whimsy and creativity.
A volunteer in the gardens told us that the boxes were made by a group of men. They were sold at a nominal cost to be painted and appointed however the artist saw fit. They will be raffled off (or was it auctioned?) and I, of course, imagine them filled with gardening books and secret doors.
What would you fill them with?
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