There will always be magic

We visited the garden centre the other day, and although there is no Christmas Grotto for the kids this year, the place is still awash with magic and wonder.
I’ve written about it before here and last year we took our neighbour and took some photos.
What is so nice about the garden centre is that you can take dogs in, and there were a lot of dogs on Thursday, all of the small variety and cuteness.
The restaurant is now closed, but there was an area sectioned off for dog owners, and we used to share cake, scone or sausage rolls with Maggie, and if we had a meal, she would have some of that too.

As soon as we walked in, we were greeted with walls of twinkling lights, magical creatures and Christmas scenes, illuminated waterfalls, flying reindeer, elves, and ideas for gifts coming out of your ears. We were looking for a garden feature in a sensible price range for our neighbour who commented that she had nothing to admire through her patio door.  Sadly here was nothing we could afford, and the only thing we could was so flimsy, it wouldn’t last five minutes in a breeze, let alone the winds we get here. We did treat ourselves to a cute little robin though, so he is sitting on the shelf with the others in our small collection.
There is a wishing tree this time so we made a donation then hung a message in Maggie’s memory to everyone we’ve loved.
The reindeer are there again, singing Baby it’s Cold Outside, and Jingle bells. I still wanted to pet them. Sometimes, there really is no hope for me!

These pictures were taken on my new phone and quite honestly, so very disappointing.
Should we go back again shortly, I shall take the Nikon as it really is a magical place at the moment.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have an elderly dog called Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to There will always be magic

  1. Garden centers at Christmas time are my happy place. It’s better than therapy. Our area is hard hit with virus now so I’ve been wondering how well those retail places will do. They most likely will have less stock this year but I hope they survive.

  2. Sadje says:

    A magical place!

  3. What a lovely place to go! When I was a little girl (about two), my mother took me to see the live reindeer (one) which a local furniture store hosted at Christmas time. I was enchanted by the deer, who was very tame and let me pet her nose and feed her a bit of carrot that the owner/trainer had for her. There are some snapshots somewhere of me and “Rosie Doe”. Because antlered reindeer are female…. O_o I’m glad you could put a Maggie memory on the Wishing Tree too. I feel she was there with you, in spirit!

  4. willowdot21 says:

    Yes you must if it’s safe! I love singing reindeer 🦌

  5. murisopsis says:

    The garden center sounds delightful! I’m hoping there will be a downtown tree and the attendant decorations but with the pandemic I’m not sure there will be anything – they don’t want to attract a crowd!

  6. Carol anne says:

    I am so glad you had a fun visit! It sounds spectacular! I hope you can go back there again soon! 🙂

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