Friday, April 22, 2016

S: Secrets and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

This is a two-fer since I couldn't decide:  'The Secret Garden' (1910) and 'The Secret Life of Bees' (2001).  Both of these books touch a very special place in my heart and in my life.  They both speak to me of the goodness of people.

Now that my back garden is completely enclosed, my kids call it my fortress.  And their old play fort is still standing.  But it is now my 'secret garden'.  I walk through the gates in summer and am in a world of color.

Both of these books have children as central characters.  Their stories and the life-lessons they learn are endearing.  And both books have been made into movies, if reading is not your thing.
  Full movie

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore  Another national treasure right here in my home state.  It has been many years since I have visited, but I had a great time when I did.  I was also much younger, lol.  Here is a link to an email I just received from Pure Michigan talking about the dunes.


  1. I have The Secret Lives of Bees on my reading list. Michigan has so much beauty. Thank you for sharing.

    1. We all have long lists of books and movies I'm sure.

  2. I have never read either, but I remember the BBC adaptation of the Secret Garden from the 70s. I remember the BBC being very good at the adaptation of such books when I was younger.
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  3. Denise, your garden looks AMAZING. Please come help with mine!

  4. I read The Secret Garden many a long year ago, I have heard of the Secret Life of Bees but never read it. Sand Dunes are always fascinating.

  5. Hello Denise, I've read The Secret Garden but not the Secret Life of Bees yet.
    Is that your garden? If so, it looks like you have quite a green thumb!

  6. I haven't seen the Secret Life of Bees yet. I love Sleeping Bear Dunes, I went there as a kid.

  7. Both of the books look very good and I have a love of vintage so The Secret Garden would be the first I would read. Your photos are lovely.

  8. I could hang out in your garden all afternoon. So lovely. Have not read Secret Life of Bees, but have heard good things. Another to add to my list!


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