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Vera Jane Cook

Chatter Creek Cottage: Can I make a Living Doing This?

Spent all day Saturday in the yard raking up dirt and planning where to put what flowers where, what bushes to plant along the fence, what hanging baskets to hang on the porch and what color dirt to put in the beds. Picked up a lot of mulch and threw it over the edge of the property. I pruned the roses and the lavender bush, raked leaves and decided when to paint the fence. It was really great fun to walk it, assess the wear and look forward to rolling white paint up and down our pretty picket fence. I can’t wait to turn that ugly duckling in to a beautiful swan. This is definitely the best work I’ve ever done. There is something so creative about it, so enlivening to stick your hands in the earth and tend to flowers.

Of course, at the end of the day there was the sun and the Adirondack chairs on the back deck.. There was wine and cheese at 4:00 to soothe the workout of my fingers, my knees and my legs. The wine must have done its job; I will be back this morning with the wheelbarrow, the clipping shears and the rake. I could do this every day for the next fifty years. If heaven is a place, please send me to Chatter Creek Cottage and to gardens and lawns basking in Spring and transitioning in to Summer.

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