This past Saturday was the opening day of fishing season in Washington. I'm not that big on fishing, but have done a good bit of it in my life. My family has waterfront property on a small lake about and hour and a half from me. I've written about it here many times, like here, for example. For my family, Opening day is our day for a family reunion. For some, it is the only time we will see each other for the entire year. So, even though I don't really fish anymore, I always make a point of going to visit family. It rains most years, so we were completely prepared for that. However, this year the weather surprised us with a mild, sunny day.
After leaving the lake, we stopped off at Grandy's house. My mom and aunt were visiting her for the weekend, and Eric and I dropped off some tomato starts for my mom. We arrived early, so Eric, Johnny and I toured Grandy's garden.
The dogwood and rhododendrons were in full bloom.
I have always loved my grandparents' garden. When I'm there, it feels as if I've stepped into another world, and I'm no longer in an urban environment. An inexplicable calm sets in the moment I walk through the gate. When I was a very young girl, my grandfather gave me my own spot in the garden - a garden full of pansies, and it was all mine. I was so proud of it. I still am. We have been teaching Johnny about gardening and plan to give him his own little spot this year, just as I had as a child.
I also had a wooden swing beneath towering plum and hazelnut trees. The swing is no longer there, but I still love to walk to this spot. The trees are so tall and dense there, that it stays completed shaded all day, with only small ripples of light coming through.
These days, my grandmother's yard is a bit overgrown. She is now in her 80's, and it's gotten to be too much for her to manage. Lucky for me, I adore overgrown gardens much more than well-manicured ones.