Thursday, October 22, 2009

The Garden Keepers Cottage

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Well, hello again, and welcome back!

You’ve found me wandering the gravel path that leads from one themed garden to the next on the grounds of Hatley Park. While all the gardens were beautiful this particular little patch of ground tugged at the strings of my heart.

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In the very center of the garden sat this sweet little Tudor Cottage with its unadorned windows and simple front door. A humble little home that I’m sure has been filled with much love and laughter down through the years.

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Imagine waking each morning to the sound of bird song and not another person in sight. 

Quiet solitude! My idea of paradise! I only say this because my cottage is so close to my neighbors that she can peer out her windows to my gardens below. On the other side of the wall are conversations I’d rather not hear at all.

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“Many morns I have strolled along the red brick path only to find my dreamy thoughts invaded from without.”

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The air dripped with the warm scent of lavender bushes that were planted to one side of the gardeners cottage.

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And then there was this lovely garden gate leading to yet another garden that lay beyond. But alas, the castle tour was about to begin so back up the path we wandered.

I think next time we’ll meet in the Italian Gardens, if that’s ok with you ;-).

9 comments:

Deborah said...

Oh yes, the Italian Gardens!!! Took me a while to come to after passing out from delight on the lovely little trail here. I do think a few wild creatures hopped over me laying there in the way. This must have been such a calming vacation...so peaceful. LoVe the gates! Must have given you a lot of ideas for your own little charming cottage. Sorry about Bob's potions...they did look a little old! **blows kisses** Deb

ellen b. said...

What a beautiful place you found...
Love all the photos and hope to walk those paths someday.
You are right that Tea Room was so so but it was the perfect location for us because all of us were strapped for time.

fairmaiden said...

Oh how I want gardens like these.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

My dear Cori, this place looks as beautiful and magical as a story book fairy tale!

Hugs, Pat

roostreehouse said...

i dunno Cori, if I am ready to leave here yet! It is storybook...Roos Storybook even! Oh yessss, Roo could be very very happy with these digs and these surroundings, oh yes indeedy...and the garden gate is lovely-but lookit the garden wall! swoony swoony swoon swoon.....
You run along to the Italian Gardens lovey, I'll catch up laterrrr....
XOXOXOXOXOX

Beverly said...

I'm thoroughly enjoying every path. The garden is perfect, and the mood sounds sweet.

Life is good.

Miss•Elena•Eous said...

Oh my goodness that looks entirely like my own version of paradise too! I'd love to come for a stroll with you...

Miss Gracie's House said...

Just magical...what a treat it must have been to toru and enjoy...
Rene'

Duchess of Tea said...

Hello darling, I have missed you so much!!! I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind words and prayers. I am one lucky girl to have you as a friend; you truly are the gem in my teacup. I am now off to stroll around your blog to see what I have missed.

I truly missed you luv
Love & Hugs
Duchess