Monday, 21 December 2015

The Secret Garden - Mosaic Monday

Hello

Have you read Frances Hodgson-Burnett's The Secret Garden?

It was first published in 1911 and is the story of spoilt and recently orphaned Mary Lennox who comes from a privileged background in India to live with her uncle in Misselthwaite Manor in England. Roaming round the grounds, she finds an arched doorway and discovers a secret overgrown garden which she transforms into a thing of beauty, her attitudes changing as she does so.  In another part of the house, her cousin Colin who thinks he is an incurable invalid is prone to tantrums but gradually Mary helps him get involved with the garden and he begins to change too.

It's a heartwarming tale. Here are a few quotes:


'If you look the right way, you can see the whole world is a garden.'

'Where you tend a rose my lad, a thistle cannot grow.'

“The robin flew from his swinging spray of ivy on to the top of the wall and he opened his beak and sang a loud, lovely trill, merely to show off. 'Nothing in the world is quite as adorably lovely as a robin when he shows off and they are nearly always doing that.'





The robin plays a key part in the story leading Mary to the buried key to the garden.


Seems a bit Christmassy to me!

Many thanks to Judith for the Mosaic Monday link up.

Have a great Christmas!

24 comments:

  1. Sweet Robin shots. Yes, I've read the book and when our daughter was little we also had the BBC movie. She watched it so many times that she had the entire thing memorized. :-) Thanks for bringing that sweet memory to mind. Have a merry Christmas.

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    1. How lovely. Coincidentally, the film was on the TV today! Happy Christmas

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  2. Merry Christmas and oh yes I love the Secret Garden..your mosaic is heavenly and a perfect picture story of the book....

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  3. Hello, sounds like a lovely story. I will have to look for it now. I love the beautiful robin. Lovely post and images.
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your family.

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    1. Thanks Eileen have a great Christmas :-)

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  4. I think that you are rather like Mary when you go exploring at the park by the shops! It is a wonderful story isn't it. xx

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    1. Ha ha, I definitely do like my exploring, digging not so much. x

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  5. I loved The Secret Garden and Dickon was and still is one of my favourite literary characters. Love the robin quote and all your photos:)

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    1. Thanks Rosie, glad it brought back some good memories. :-)

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  6. I love the little robin,and your mosaic is a good work.
    ♥ly greetings from Germany
    and i wish you Merry Christmas

    This is
    my mosaic-post

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    1. Many thanks and greetings to you too. Enjoy your Christmas :-)

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  7. I love the Secret Garden and luckily have passed that live into my daughter. Great post with well chosen quotes and a fab mosaic

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  8. Oh yes, I've read the book and watched the movie, both of which I enjoyed.
    Merry Christmas!

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    1. Merry Christmas to you too Judith :-)

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  9. I love the secret garden, and always think of it as a wintry book. Robins have such character, and are perfect symbols of Christmas. A lovely mosaic.
    Cathy x

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    1. They are so gorgeous aren't they, especially when they're all puffed up. x

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  10. Oh that is one of my favourite books of all time! We saw it performed outdoors the year before last in Chester, they were really true to the story and the animals were all puppets, it was fab! Your pictures are so Christmassy! Best wishes to you and yours Karen xxx

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    1. How wonderful such a great. Many thanks Lisa and to you. x

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  11. I agree a very fitting Christmas post a robin in a garden!
    Wren x

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