A NATURAL BEAUTY Touring (Part III)
Welcome back, everyone!
We’re well on our way to continuing along the tour of my dear friend Carolyn Aiken’s wondrous gardens on the beautiful Prince Edward Island. Didn’t I tell you there was so much to see, and that I must have taken hundreds of pictures?! 🙂 I am not exaggerating, my friends!
I am so glad that you are all able to stay awhile and experience even more of this idyllic garden. First, let’s have an ice-cold glass of the famous Raspberry Cordial (not to be confused with wine as Anne did when she served it to her best friend Diana – Lucy Maud Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables, Chapter 16). I carefully managed to bring some home in my suitcase all the way from PEI just for you! It is a refreshing beverage and reminds me somewhat of old-fashioned Cream Soda, only not nearly as sweet. It really is quite nice! I think you are going to like it, too. YUM! And what a great job they’ve done at marketing this treat?! Who could resist Anne Shirley’s smiling freckled face peeping out from under her bright red braids and sweet straw hat?! It was reported that William and Kate were to sample the carbonated raspberry juice on their visit to PEI. I wonder if Kate liked it.
I hope you have your waterproof shoes on today. It’s still a tad wet in the garden from the rainfall earlier…
Carolyn’s garden is a true gift. Having walked in Carolyn’s gardens full of flowers, fragrance and birdsong, I personally received the gift of a fresh start.
Hearing the soft coos of a morning dove enhanced the feeling of something almost magical that happens all around you as you explore this garden’s beauty. Like a weaver at an ethereal loom, the gorgeous waves of colourful blossoms are Carolyn’s threads; and it is especially wonderful that she is willing to pass on her knowledge of ‘the craft’ to all those who wish to learn.
Happiness held is the seed; Happiness shared is the flower. John Harrigan
I am certain that you will also love learning about Carolyn’s new duck pond currently being constructed on her property with the assistance of Ducks Unlimited! It should be quite amazing by next summer. The pond can be seen from Carolyn’s dining room window, where she has a comfortable chaise to relax and enjoy the stunning panoramic views of her lush landscapes. Carolyn has dreams of seeing her grandchildren (nine in all) skating on the frozen pond in wintertime, and has acquired a flat-bottomed wooden boat in which to enjoy the pond on summer days!
Weather means more when you have a garden. There’s nothing like listening to a shower and thinking how it is soaking in around your green beans. ~Marcelene Cox
“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” Sophia Loren
Gardening is about enjoying the smell of things growing in the soil, getting dirty without feeling guilty, and generally taking the time to soak up a little peace and serenity. ~Lindley Karstens
The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. Leo Buscaglia
The Amen of nature is always a flower. Oliver Wendall Holmes
I hope you enjoyed ‘Part III’ of the tour of Carolyn’s lovely gardens.I hope you’ll come back soon so that we can continue the tour and hang on to a little bit of summer just awhile longer… On our next visits, we’ll have a look at Carolyn’s garden rooms – you’ll be amazed to find what is inside her garden shed! 🙂 Thanks again for joining me!
As always, wishing you a beautiful day! 🙂