A Quiet Place

The other day my cousin posted a photograph of part of my grandma’s rock garden. This little village was situated against the side of the garage so that when you walked from the driveway to the house it was to your right along the sidewalk. I loved this little village. The big church was probably my favorite building and the one I remember the most. In the back center of the village was a little fountain that looked like a waterfall flowing down into a little pond. Every spring and summer that little pond (which probably only held about 10 gallons of water) would have a frog living there. My brothers, cousins, and I would catch tadpoles or minnows and put them there. I spent many lazy summer afternoons sitting in the little village daydreaming. Wondering if the brownies (like the Borrowers) lived there. Imagining them walking from one of the little houses to the large church or having a picnic by the waterfall.


When my cousin posted this photograph it made me think of how much fun I had there. I decided that I want to create something like this for my own children. I know Jessica and Quin would enjoy helping me make things to put into our own little rock garden. I can see Jess taking a book to read there for hours on end. Picture Wyatt trying to catch brownies and fairies living in one of the houses that we’ll build. I managed to find some DIY videos on YouTube on how to make little stone houses and buildings. I think this will be our summer project this year. Now, hopefully I can talk my parents into allowing us to use a little space in their yard since we don’t have a yard of our own (ours is a communal yard and I don’t think the neighborhood kids would allow something like this to stay intact.).

Have you ever had a favorite little quiet place where you could just go to collect your thoughts or dream away the day? What was it like? If not what sort of place would you want?

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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7 Responses to A Quiet Place

  1. Patricia Kiyono says:

    What a beautiful scene! I can just imagine the hours it took to build that church. A village like this sounds like the perfect family summer project. Be sure to share photos of the finished product!

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  2. I love this place and yes,I have actually seen videos on how to make buildings like those: you need a backing for the walls, anything that isn’t paper-based.I had thought of doing some of this myself.
    We lived in an old house when I was a teen. The back yard had a second space separated by trees and bushes from the yeard behind the house. It was over-grown and a world apart from the street and neighbors.It was cool and peaceful in the Summer, balmy and lovely in Spring and Fall, with blossoms in the first and all sorts of colored leaves in the latter.In the Winter, it was s silent sanctuary in the snow.

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  3. Jeff Salter says:

    As a kid, I traveled with my family all over the U.S. On those trips, we stopped at numerous places which featured dioramas. Those little vignettes — when presented WELL — told a story so much better than a park ranger’s briefing or brochure. I loved them. To this day, when I’m in such a setting, I always seek out the dioramas.

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  4. Yes, I have a special place that Jeff Salter probably has seen too many pictures of in the forum. LOL It’s my fairy garden/shade garden. I go there to contemplate, and I imagine what the little fairies are doing. It’s my escape. It too has a church. A stone one. It also has several houses, and all that goes with a town, such as a mail box, wishing well, etc. Plus, it has all the fairies and their toadstools, friendly frogs, animals, and even a baby dragon named Snicker who watches over the inhabitants. If I could, I’d post some pictures for you, but apparently this site doesn’t allow it.

    As you can tell, I love to fantasize, even if it isn’t my normal genre. 🙂

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  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s a beautiful little rock garden. So creative. I know your kids will enjoy making one.

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