I've had this little castle, the work of the late David Renfroe, a local potter, for about forty years. It stayed in the green house for a long time but a few years ago I took it outside and set it amidst the crepe myrtle trunks in our entryway garden.
Recently I was moved to add stepping stones. And yesterday when I went to Reems Creek Valley Nursery for some mums to set out and a Japanese Anemone, I found myself shopping for something tiny to plant alongside the little walkway. That little fluffy green cushion to the right is the result.
Now I find myself contemplating the logistics of making a minute twig bench . . .
And I'm reminded of a Mary Poppins story of a tiny park within a normal park. And of The Borrowers, another of my favorite children's books. I look forward to reading both to Josie someday.
I'll let her discover the little castle on her own.