Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Outdoor Living: Gift of Comfort and Joy

We knew our dinner with Peggy and Darryl would be the last in our little Calgary garden.

We planned to (and did) sell our house in the fall and with travel and conferences and trips back to the coast our mid-summer dinner really was our last chance to enjoy the little pond and warm evening air as we dined al fresco watching bats fly past while our pooch lazily laid on my rare Adonis vernalis.

Although there is always a lot of emphasis on the three W's (weeding and watering and working) in the garden there should be a few minutes set aside for special moments: some time for lazing about after your real work and garden work.

I like to keep a few minutes for play, family and friends in the garden. The grandchildren hunt for rare rocks and treasures in the (very safe) pond-less water garden and I wait for a glimpse of a bird taking a bath in the stream. I am thankful for all the times we shared with friends in our back yard and look forward to impromptu parties in both our tiny condo in Calgary and west coast home. Below: candles and colorfuly painted table add to the ambience in a garden.


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