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a key to the song of life

the doorbell rang
whilst England scored their first goal
and the treasurer from the 
Chatsworth Garden Residents' Committee
handed me this key... my key

I took leave from the football match 
and with camera in hand
to capture and share with you
my first moments discovering my secret garden

the dusty original 1855  iron locks 
on one of several gates

I am inside...

and locked the gate behind me...
l think l spy a clearing..

l do...and wow!

and l see another...

and another smaller one...
this one is 'only' 28 paces across


l am overwhelmed by its size
it makes me think of the tardis,
from the outside it appears smaller

another locked gate...

the light is amazing
and it is nearly 9pm

there are five grassed areas, separated by
a perimeter of bushes and trees...

this area is by far the largest...

old trees,  reach out high and over my head...

oh my!! tomorrow l shall go scouting for a couple of deckchairs...
and dust off my easel...
 a padlocked double gate
looking out to my street...

on thursday after a friend of  friend contacted me to tell me about access etc....
l phoned the council and got contact details for the private residents committee
-of course if figures that they all live right behind me!
on friday l wrote to the Treasurer asking if it were possible
for a very close by resident might apply for access
on saturday I received the application form and information,
which l returned immediately and two hours later,
 the kind man brought me my key...

ALL this for £10 a month..
I KNOW l'm worth it!

(all images enlarge)

next time -  the old trees from the garden


  1. You have revamped your blog!
    I like the change and the images are very interesting...even the iron work looks chic!

  2. YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!! YOU ARE SOOOOOOOOO WORTH IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Hooray!!! It all came through!!! And it wasn't as expensive as I thought it might be!! I'm thrilled for you, can you tell? LOL...

    And you've been busy today...What a Gorgeous redesign, Saz!! Love, love, love it! It's SO YOU!! Looks like it was a fun and creative day! Wish I could join you with paints and easel in the garden. If I didn't love you so much, I'd be terribly jealous!! ;-)

    Catch you later, dear Saz!! Love you!! Janine XO

  3. Yay, you're in, looks wonderful :-)

  4. What an enchanting place! And how wonderful that you were able to visit.

    I love your redesign, but then I like the other as well!

    Thanks for sharing such lovely pictures!

  5. I'm so please you have access to the garden. It's so much bigger than I imagined it would be. I'm sure you will be spending many happy hours there.

  6. Hey Well Done!!!
    "To them that ask, it shall be given"

    (Authorised Version)

  7. It looks absolutely beautiful - well worth £12 a month!

  8. What a fantastic find! I never new these gardens existed.

  9. I am soooooooooooooooooo happy for you my darling,geeez, you don't ask for a great deal to make you happy; a key to a magic garden, the sun above and the grass under your feet. A place for your books and pictures, a pillow for your head.

    Wonder if there are special days when all the keyholders meet.

  10. yes ma l asked the guy that too...he aid sometimes, then good intentions fall by the wayside, as happens..

    l feel a warm balmy evening coming on, some accoustic music and nibbles and friends....

    funny though its pouring today...
    off on a deckchair hunt soonest....must be vintage of course..

  11. So now you are one of the 'IN' crowd! Good for you!

  12. Lush is what comes to mind
    Who cares for it
    can you plant in it

  13. I'm thrilled you got in! Just imagine all the lovely times you'll have in that peaceful setting.

  14. Congratulations,
    you are so worth it! :-)

  15. YEAH YOU! What a glorious place to run away to! Enjoy every visit.

  16. I love the patterns in the grass they look like crop circles in minature - who does the lawns? Aliens? :-)

  17. Oooh a secret garden - how exciting!

    I love your new template - very snazzy!

  18. How wonderful ... I am so pleased for you and for us getting to share it with you .. and I am loving how you've re-done the blog!

  19. A magical, secret garden, what a wonderful retreat! It is so mature, peaceful and verdant.. oooh, you are going to have so many beautiful hours in here - OF COURSE you are worth it!!

    Your new make-over looks fabulous!

  20. Do you know? I am SOOoooooo excited for you. Over the moon in fact :-)
    It is a real secret garden and I think you are definitely worth it!
    A brilliant place to go for a bit of peace and quiet & to paint and write and contemplate........ yay!
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

  21. 知識可以傳授,智慧卻不行。每個人必須成為他自己。..................................................

  22. You are definitely worth it! it looks fantastic, an oasis :)

  23. visit me very funny


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