I was invited to a garden tour at White Horse village, a local retirement community. I had been stuck in the house for so long sewing away, that I decided it would be a good thing to get me out of the house. Maybe I would get some good photos for future quilts. (Quilting is always on my mind.) I was truly inspired and amazingly surprised by what I saw and I walked away with a new outlook.
It was a beautiful day and my friend Frances, also a quilter, was our resident tour guide. Many of the residents participated with small and beautiful gardens around their places. I have a black thumb, so I was mightily impressed.
|You don't have to be a kid to have a sense of humor!|
Some of the residents invited you inside their places. We were treated to this lovely Victorian crazy quilt. Unfortunately it's a little blurry :(
|The quilt was in almost pristine condition. Can you see the date of 1885?|
It was a gift from a friend!
|The obligatory spider for good luck.|
I took many photos of this quilt, but I am embarrassed to say that most of them were blurry. It is time for me to buy a new camera with that stabilization feature.
|This made me giggle.|
|"Spirit Rising" by Helen Hucker|
|"Preening" by Helen Hucker|
|"The Odd Couple" by Helen Hucker|
In the clubhouse there was an exhibition of sculptures, one more amazing than the next. I was so taken with this sculpture:
|"Proud Guide And Protector"|
I found it so sweet and poignant. It was done by Lou de Moll, another resident. He was a painter, but he could no longer paint because he lost his eyesight. So he took up sculpting and created this sculpture of another resident, complete with her dog and walker - by feel alone!
This whole experience made me think about a topic on the Quiltart list. Quilters are chatting about milestones and the dread of turning 50 or 60 or 70. I am not too far from turning 60 and I do understand the feeling of getting old. In those photos of our parents or grandparents they were in their 60's and they looked so old. My mother died when she was 74. I want to be around to see my yet to be born grandchildren grow up. I think I'll be a fun and wonderful grandmother.
So my garden visit turned into so much more. These warm and wonderful people were CREATIVE! They embraced life and new challenges. Age is only a number. The one thing I heard over and over were that they were too busy to fit one more thing into their day.