Saturday, October 6, 2012

Room for Ten?





We are always very hesitant to ask to stay with friends or family, ten people is somewhat of a crowd, even if we are rather quiet. However trying to find holiday accommodation for ten is also very difficult....

The twins had to to be in Dubbo for their long weekend of cricket. I rang an uncle who lives there, cautiously asking if we may sleep on his floor for a few nights. My uncle and aunt generously opened their home to us. In my aunt's absence, my uncle looked after us all exceptionally well. 

It was a delight to discover that my uncle is a keen gardener. Beautifully kept extensive flower beds, soft lawns, fruit trees, a shade house and an immaculate vegetable patch are proof of his interest, energy and knowledge. He also keeps several birds, including three laying hens. One of the most relaxing and pleasant backyards I have ever been in.

























Wonderfully inspiring as I look at my own smaller patch of backyard.




Late one afternoon I took a quick walk a few blocks away, searching out a house which holds special memories. My grandparents lived their retirement years in this house, we spent numerous holidays staying with them as a family during my childhood. Both grandparents were avid gardeners, having moved from a farm into town.




So many wonderful memories. The solid brick fence remains unchanged, as is the exterior of the house, but the gardens are all but gone, something of a wilderness with large dogs barking in the backyard.




 Life can be a strange mix of change and beautiful memories. Family and faith is pivotal in bringing the pieces of life together in a meaningful way.


Sharing at Flower Art Friday.

32 comments:

Rosemary said...

What a very kind, generous and obviously very capable uncle you have.

Gone Country said...

Beautiful images! Looks like a special place for a nice retreat. It's a shame about the lack of garden at your Grandparents place now.

Michelle said...

Your uncle sounds like quite the gentleman! Love the pics of his garden area.

Sylvia K said...

Such a special place for all of you really as well as wonderful memories for you! Hope your vacation continues to go well, Karen! Enjoy!

Lisa said...

Your pictures are so bright and crisp and clear - very pretty. I'm glad that you were able to stay with your uncle and that you are having a nice time.

黄清华 Wong Ching Wah said...

I like the first one with choice of framing with the background !

Jennifer {Studio JRU} said...

Wow! What a beautiful place to stay. So sweet to be able to stay with family! :)

marijke said...

I can imagine it's not ease for a family of 10 to find a place to sleep. Great you could stay at your uncle's place. Beautiful vieuws karen.
have a wonderful time together with your family.

kulasa said...

as always I found great joy in reading your words and viewing your beautiful shots....feeling the contentment in your soul, may you and your family be always blessed :)

Cinzia said...

Very beautiful images! have a nice w.e.!
Cinzia

Giga said...

To miło wracać do miejsc z którymi łączą się wspomnienia, tym bardziej jeśli te wspomnienia były dobre. Pozdrawiam.
It's nice to go to places which combined memories, especially if those memories were good. Yours.

Tezzie said...

What a kind uncle you have...housing 10 isn't an easy thing, I'm guessing ;) How wonderful to be able to 'escape' into that gorgeous garden of his. Sounds like your family had a lovely getaway!

Marion said...

Love your pictures as always. The last lines are food for thought..
Best wishes, marion

Pieni Lintu said...

Very pretty!!

Larry said...

Sounds like a wonderful discovery... coming to realize a family member has, as well as does a great job with, interests similar to your own! What fun!! Larry

Bloom said...

Lovely picture of times, past and present. We were back at our little farm at Narromine for the long weekend. We're always up to a visit for 10! Would love to take a turn about the garden with you if ever we're in the same vicinity :) Ros x

✿ chica said...

Tuas fotos são sempre lindas!beijos,ótimo fim de semana!chica

Liz said...

How lovely! And so good of your uncle. It sounds like a wonderful & relaxing weekend.

geanina said...

very nice images! :)

Liz said...

Beautiful series of shots!

ZielonaMila said...

Wonderful photographs, flowers are enrapturing. I am greeting

Cristina Ferreira said...

Encantadoras estas imagens, até a galinha é bonita.

Beijos

Gail Dixon (Louisiana Belle) said...

I did not realize you are a family of ten! What a sweet aunt and uncle to take such good care of you. The photos of the yard are exquisite!

Filip and Kristel said...

Like the picture of the hen. Just top.

Greetings,
Filip

**Perler på snor** Dorthe said...

Amazing shots - I love them all!

:-) Dorthe

Laura Delegal - Leroy Photography said...

So sweet.

Nikki said...

Karen, these are such beautiful images of your Uncle's garden. It's good to have so many wonderful happy family memories.

Linda Makiej said...


Terrific work here.... just great!! Have a great weekend!

teri said...

Visiting from Flower Art Friday. It has been a long time away from your blog. So glad to hear you were able to find some time away. That pansy photo is gorgeous!

Allie said...

Great photos! The 7th photo is definitely my favorite! So simple...but absolutely gorgeous!

vincibene said...

Great series!

Gunilla Bäck said...

So beautiful! What an amazing garden they have!

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