Lens Artists Photo Challenge #119 – My Hideaway

First of all – a big thank you to Anne Leueen for helping Biasini host the excellent challenge last week! We have learned so much about communication – and in many ways we never had thought of before. Let us continue communicating in every positive way – it is essential for a good life!

This week, I thought we should go inside for communication – A Hideaway, is a place to which a person can retreat for safety, privacy, relaxation, to seek seclusion or refuge. Where or What is Your hideaway? We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations…and revelations!

The forest has always been my hideaway, and so have my garden. Two years ago I decided I had reached the end of my working days as a teacher, and I could finally think of yet another hideaway – in my garden – a glass house. I dreamed for many years – and planned for a whole year.

Finally – the day arrived when they started digging – but sadly I had to let go of the old birch tree stump that had supported my Agapanthus for several summers.

Then, a sunny August morning, our Green Room arrived and landed softly on the lawn.
When the frame was set, the ground stones were put in place…
…and lastly – the whole house. Two very skilled guys from ”Thyme and Trees” were engaged for this special work – craving meticulous attention to details. It would have taken my husband and me several weeks (or the rest of the year…)to accomplish.
Finally there! And my two little rascals made it Their hideaway before I even said ”Yes!”. Totti in the warm bosom of the house (of course) and Milo in the cooler outdoors.
No, Milo tells me it is for real!
Early evening, and the light is already fading here up north. I silently move inside and light the candles. I told mother we would sit here, sipping on a glass of wine on my birthday – Alone under the blanket, I feel the quietness, tangible, and my eyes rest in the
enigmatic reflections through the glass. Dreamy. Even if there wasn’t much time to grow things inside my glass house this year – I have great hopes for the coming year. Until then, I sit in the soft candle light, contemplating this strange year, 2020. Thinking of life and its constant flow.

”Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts.” – Rachel Carson.

Have you seen these:

Andy of Aekshots

Paulie of Lifeinmyyears

Maria of Citysonnets

Looking ahead to October 24, Tina will invite us for Challenge #120, so be sure to visit her site on Saturday!

In closing, many thanks to all you creative people for your continued participation and support. I hope you have a great week – keep inspiring us and stay safe.

168 comments on “Lens Artists Photo Challenge #119 – My Hideaway

    • Well, you managed to get some fun images from your old hideaway! Maybe next year I will have some nice ones from mine…thank you for joining in!

    • Thanks Pam! Yes, I am looking forward to it as well. Today we have isolated a part of the house for winter care of some big pot plants. A big olive too.

  1. I love that beautiful light you have in your part of the world at this time. That’s one of my enduring memories from a late summer and early autumn that I spent between Sweden and Finland. Those last two photos are so wonderful and cozy, reminds me of evenings spent with friends those decades ago.

    • Thank you, Ana! I always try to let nature inside…so I will be surrounded by it always…I saw your entry – and loved it totally ♥

  2. Ann-Christine, a glasshouse was my dream hideaway also, but it didn’t materialize because our backyard is not enough. Yours is lovely. Thank you for sharing your beautiful hideaway!

    • Miriam – I’d love to invite you! We faced many a trouble before this could be realized. We planned to build it on our second piece of garden, but the authorities saidthere had to be a regular house first! Then we had to figure out how to place it on the same spot and garden as our house, so the greenhouse could not be as big as we wanted from the start. But now it is here!

      • I’d love to visit someday. Yes, there will be an end or a vaccine or something some day, even though right now it feels that it’s been forever when it hasn’t even been a year.

      • Oh, I agree – no end in sight and instead it is getting worse right now. I hold on to nature even though it is getting colder and darker now. Outdoors in the light everything feels better!

  3. What a beautiful place to hide away in Ann-Christine. It looks so cozy and warm. I can envision you enjoying the peace and quiet as well as nature’s beauty and your adorable little 4-legged companions. Perhaps one day we’ll sit there beside you 🤞

  4. Gorgeous, Leya! Your greenhouse is the perfect hideaway and you will no doubt enjoy taking photos inside. I will be linking this post to my Sunday Stills post this Sunday morning (my theme is ”happy place). Thank you for sharing this, we hope to build a greenhouse at our name place in a few months.

  5. Love the glow of candlelight there, and you with a book maybe, reflections and your glass of wine. I shall join you in one soon. Is it chilly, Ann Christine? Cooler evenings and early mornings have arrived here, but still golden days. 🙂 🙂

  6. This is a very special place and I love how cosy it looks with the candles. I should try that in my conservatory. Can’t wait to see what you grow next year.

  7. What a gorgeous hideaway, Ann-Christine. I love how your dogs have already staked out their spots in and outside of it. Your photos are beautiful, as always, and your theme is inspiring.

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