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follow the maze to the secret garden...







decisions, decisions...





"are we lost?"



"i think we've been here before."



"aha!"








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On June 29th, 2004 09:07 am (UTC), bm8 commented:
Looks like fun !

I'm always amazed at how much work you put into your posts. :)

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On July 1st, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
It was fun! There were a bunch of schoolchildren in it with us in their school uniforms. I would have taken photos of them because they looked so happy and photogenic, but I always feel uncomfortable taking photos of kids because adults can get very irate over it (which I wouldn't blame them for, really, although sometimes I think it's overblown).

Thanks, the posts don't take too long to assemble.. but perhaps longer than many people's.
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On June 29th, 2004 09:10 am (UTC), beatnikside commented:
Beautiful.
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On July 1st, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you. :)
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On June 29th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC), savonarola commented:
in short
i wanna go there. . . .
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On July 1st, 2004 07:16 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Re: in short
I hope you do someday. :)
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On June 29th, 2004 10:34 am (UTC), brella commented:
ah, I did that maze in the rain!
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On July 1st, 2004 07:18 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Surprisingly it didn't rain on us that day.. which is for the best cause I wouldn't have been able to take photos. :)
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On June 29th, 2004 12:28 pm (UTC), naturesfriend commented:
what a beautiful place- thanks
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On July 1st, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
my pleasure. :)
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On June 29th, 2004 01:43 pm (UTC), blummerflee commented:
Stunningly gorgeous :o))
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On July 1st, 2004 07:19 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
thank you! :)
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On June 29th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC), keith_london commented:
The yellow-orange rose is wonderful!

The last two stitch together well. (If you like, I can post the result here for you as a comment)
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On July 1st, 2004 07:20 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Thank you. I'd like to see the result, if possible.. I'm curious. :)
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On July 2nd, 2004 01:11 am (UTC), keith_london replied:
Sure I wanted to post it here, but thought I should check first. It's such a lovely pastoral scene. I like it a lot!



[Used the "stitch" fucntion on my PhotoImpact software that came with my cam - quite effective]
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On June 29th, 2004 03:59 pm (UTC), andyroyal commented:
The maze reminds me of The Shining

....minus the snow. And Jack Nicholson with an axe.
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On July 1st, 2004 07:22 pm (UTC), nomi replied:
Jack was chillin' in the centre, seems he couldn't find his way out.
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On July 12th, 2004 07:03 am (UTC), gulch commented:
S'funny, a guy I know recently had his story, Golden, published in The Third Alternative. I read it last week. Included in the story was the following scene:

Before she left, Sophie took me to Hampton Court Palace... we were exploring the maze together. So many narrow green pathways, all confusingly the same. It was so easy to take the wrong turning, so difficult to know which was right. In the end, she let me lead. I'd told her I knew my way around.

We suddenly stumbled on the central area. I'd seen a film, several years ago, in which the hero and heroine had had a picnic there. There had been a small garden; regularly planted trees, rich flower beds at the feet of the hedges, enclosing a central lawn. It was a little piece of paradise.

When we arrived, there was only an empty, muddy quadrangle.

I said "I told you I knew where it was."

Two sickly trees leant against each other like stubbed out cigarettes. The sky was heavy and cold above the drab green hedges. The blank white moon had appeared, foreshadowing darkness. I stood along with Sophie at the maze's cold heart, wondering how I'd managed to find it. For a moment I even wanted to tell her that I didn't know how to get out.

It brought back memories of childhood - I used to go to Hampton Court a lot with my grandma. I think entrance to the maze was 2p. Inflation has brought everything up about 1000% since, and I only paid once visit in recent-ish years, about 8 years ago when Rowan was a baby and we had a French student staying. It did seem a little drab compared to my memories, but the gardens themselves and the ridiculously expensive palace (especially the art gallery) were wonderful.
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On July 18th, 2004 01:32 am (UTC), dawaioser commented:
That is beautiful. I am fascinated with "secret gardens", thanks for sharing.
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