Happy Monday, everyone, we really hope you all had a great weekend! We sure did! Mrs. Toad and I managed to sneak out of The Hollow and do up a series of photo shoots, so we’ve got some real exciting pictures to share with everyone this week!
We’re very busy Toads here living completely fulfilling, action-packed lives. It’s all very exciting; lot’s to see, adventures to go on, a plethora of rich and wonderful architecture to enjoy and a never-ending supply of incredible things to photograph and share! So today’s post is a special one; one we’re so very happy to share with everyone…
On Saturday we were invited over to our very best friends house for a day of laughter with family. Those who know me, know that when I was a little tadpole and hit the shores of our beautiful island here, I encountered a special person. This person was to become my very best friend, and as the years have gone past and our friendship deepened, is now considered my chosen brother. He found and married the most wonderful girl and they are true soul-mates. In our hearts they are the best friends and family a pair of Toads could ask for.
As the girls were spending some time together on the back patio, my friend and I snuck away to explore the backyard. And explore, we did!
Nestled deep in their backyard sits an enchanted garden. Complete with a treehouse, a rope swing and a countless supply of hiding places, I swore we could hear the Trolls making their way around us, rustling the leaves and underbrush.
Whether 3, or 93… there is nothing more magical or enticing than a treehouse. A place to go and sit and use your imagination… worlds are created and destroyed, countries invaded, magic spells cast, insects captured and studied, and deep discussions about the boy or girl in class you like. These are the places where our future minds are fostered.
As time passes and the young ones grow, they tend to spend less and less time back here, but the foundations are never forgotten. As the light dances into the hidden fortress, the ivy vines slowly begin to encroach. A perfect spot for fairies and trolls to hide!
Perched high atop the lookout, the entire kingdom can be surveyed. No trolls or gnomes can rush this fort as long as the one on watch is vigilant. An escape route is handy and planned well in advance.
One can always scurry down the ladders and head for the rope-swing. The sun beams through the trees creating a magically lit outline of the rope, further increasing the sense that for now the trolls are at bay. But nightfall is never too far away…
We can sit and rest a spell; chasing trolls and gnomes can be tiring work for the wee ones!
A secret gate, hidden by the brush and foliage, is the escape… just in case you’re being chased.
The trolls are ever wary… the children can run fast and tend to jump out of hiding places. We hear the door slam shut as we come upon the trolls entrance, narrowly missing them… this time.
All is silent again in the enchanted garden. The only sound is the wind rustling the trees. If you listen close, you can hear the voices of the magic ones as they talk and plan for the next encounter. It is time to go now, the sun begins to set and shortly the trolls, gnomes and fairies will emerge from all their hiding places and come out to claim the garden as their own.
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