Friday, 29 February 2008

THE OWL



I love the owl, always have done from a small child til now. My Nanny and Gramps lived in the countryside. Living in London with my parents to go to see them for two weeks in the summer holiday was a dream. No mod cons, outside loo, no bathroom, but do you know it was one of the best times of my life. I had endless freedom and places to explore. Gramps grew all his own produce and Nanny cooked like a dream. Every evening, as dusk started to fall, Gramps would say "Come on time to walk the dog" Before he had finished I was up and out the door ready and waiting. The reason I was so keen is on that walk without fail we would see the barn owl, he would fly right over us. I was absolutely fascinated by him......I never tired of that walk. My Gramps died many years ago now and whenever an owl visits the garden here I think of him. I have always beleived that when we lose someone they always leave something of themselves with us. Gramps left his love of nature and I am always grateful for that. By the way the owl is called George, after my very dear departed father-in-law who generously bought him for us.

9 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Cheryl, your George is an absolute dream. The artist did a great job capturing the owl in the wood.

Your goddess is gorgeous. It is nice tht you have room to have lovely large statuary, plows and the like in your garden.

Cheryl said...

Yes I love George. When I spoke to Sherry the other day she told me that my astrological sign has an affinity with the owl. Yet another tie with this lovely bird.

Tku for visiting.

beckie said...

Cheryl, I love your garden denizens! They seem to suit your garden personality so well. You always have such great posts and photos. I really enjoy reading them!

Cheryl said...

Thanks Beckie
I enjoy every aspect of gardening.
Hope you manage to get your ceiling done. Stay well.

kate said...

I enjoyed your reminiscences about your childhood and your grandparents. It is interesting how and what we remember - I like the idea of the owl. That is really cool!

Cheryl said...

Thank you Kate. It is good to look back and see how our childhood, has part to do, with how we are as adults.

Sue Swift said...

When I was small my grandparents had a stone frog in the garden and we loved him to bits. My brother has him now, and i hope he'll eventually pass to future generations.

Cheryl said...

Hi Sue
I agree it is lovely when things are handed down. We keep in touch with our past and pass that on to the next generation.

Terrie B x said...

"Wow" Great to reminiss Cheryl...This is truly beautiful:)x