More from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s – The Secret Garden.

I have been putting together offerings for my daughter Christie’s 40th birthday later this month…and thought the following passage taken from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s – The Secret Garden was perfect.

Of course, it must to be accompanied by magical hummingbirds. 

“One of the Strange things about living in the world is that it is only now and then one is quite sure one is going to live forever and ever and ever. 


One knows it sometimes when one gets up at the tender solemn dawn time and goes out and stands out and throws one’s head far back and looks up and up and watches the pale sky slowly changing and flushing and marvellous unknown things happening until the East almost makes one cry and one’s heart stands still at the strange unchanging majesty of the rising sun – which has been happening every morning for thousands and thousands and thousands of years. 


One knows it then for a moment or so, and one knows it sometimes when one stands by oneself in a wood at sunset and the mysterious deep gold stillness standing through and under the branches seems to be saying slowly again and again something one cannot quite hear, however much one tries. 


Then sometimes the immense quiet of the dark blue at night with the millions of stars waiting and watching makes me sure; and sometimes a sound of far off music makes it true, and sometimes a look in someone’s eyes.’


A Bientôt

13 thoughts on “More from Frances Hodgson Burnett’s – The Secret Garden.

  1. Jet Eliot

    Delightful combination of Burnett’s humble and moving words, with your ethereal watercolors, Janet. I really like the third painting with the lines that look like the paths of the hummingbirds. 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      My daughter writes beautifully, and I know will appreciate these lovely words from Frances Hodgson Burnett. I become like a child around birthdays…choosing presents, and the right words etc. Then I can’t wait for them all to be opened:):)

  2. snowbird

    Oh….every word and brushstroke is utterly magical. Your daughter will love it all, I loved the hummers, so delicate, especially the blue

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Hi Dina, I just said to Gil – Christie writes beautifully and I know will love the magic in these words…..and of course she has magical hummingbirds surrounding her at all times:) xxx

  3. Vera Komnig

    Wonderful words unto all the wonderful pictures. I’m sure they go straight to the heart of your daughter. I especially love the last picture …. the little hummingbird is immediately flown into my heart.

    Very nice greeting and thanks for sharing, Janet 🙂

    1. janetweightreed10 Post author

      Thank you so much, Vera. Christie writes beautifully and will love these poetic words…..and she is always surrounded by magical hummingbirds…..I make sure of that:)x


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