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Saturday, 11 August 2012

The "Secret" Garden Tour Part 3

Welcome back to Rose Chintz Cottage ~ Today is the final segment of our tour so please pour yourself a cup of tea or coffee and  join me, won't you?

This is a small area in the Chelsea Garden.

By now many of you may have already guessed whose garden we have been walking through.

There is a darling little cottage on the property and I took a picture of my hubby standing in front of it. It was raining at the time so he kept dry under an umbrella on loan from our hostess.

Another view of the cottage after the rain.

Beside the cottage is a wonderful little nook where one can lie back and read a book and just spend some quiet time. This was one of my favourite spots.

Behind the cottage is a garden swing with pretty fireweed in the background.

Are you ready to go inside the cottage? The sign above the door bids you Welcome....

Just inside and to your left is a cozy sitting area.

One of the first things we noticed was this darling doll house. Behind it is a big window which looks out into the little reading nook I showed you.

A china cabinet is built into the corner. Love the china!

The sun was streaming through the windows by this time and bathed the whole interior with a lovely etheral light.

I love this photo!

Vignettes of china, comfy chairs, and a beautiful bed make this little cottage so inviting! So charming in fact that I could move right in!

A tea tray is set on the bed to enjoy at your leisure.

There are so many more pictures I could share with you but I must bring our tour to a close.

Hubby enjoyed the Tour!

Have you guessed whose beautiful home and gardens this belongs to?

It is the home and gardens of our blogger friend Carolyn of Aiken House and Gardens. Thank you Carolyn for sharing your lovely home and gardens with us all. We are blessed by the beauty you share with us day after day.

If you are ever able to visit our beautiful Island, I hope you will have a chance to visit this pretty spot tucked away from the rest of the world. Thank you for visiting and have a wonderful weekend everyone!

Sharing from my heart~ Sandi


  1. Thanks Sandi for the great three part tour! Loved all the flowers! The little cottage is so precious! I would love a feminine retreat like that to read in!

  2. Ohhhh Sandi, gracias por este nuevo paseo y por la taza de té.
    Un día y mil besos.

  3. How wonderful to have friends that let you take photos of their lovely home.
    I love the little too looks like a doll's house.
    the gardens are superb..and well kept.
    I enjoyed the tour..
    Thank you Sandi.
    wishing you a blessed happy weekend

  4. Hi Sandi, What a delight to come and visit such a wonderful & magical garden. This is eye candy to be sure. I haven't been to your friends blog but I'm going there now; thanks for sharing!
    Hugs, Noreen

  5. Thank you for taking us on the tour Sandi, Carolyn's garden is on my bucket list of things to see when I next visit the East coast. Take care and have a wonderful weekend. Jen xo

  6. What a wonderful tour - this has been such fun!

  7. What a splendid property Sandi!
    Carolyn lives in a dreamy place!!
    I am especially loving the covered trellis with bench seat.
    Thank you and your handsome hubby for the sweet tour!!

  8. Thank you Sandi for taking us on the tour of Carolyn's beautiful garden and cottage. Oh to have an escape in the backyard as this little cottage would be so nice, I love to dream and perhaps someday I'll have a cottage.

  9. Nice photos to end the tour Sandi. I think I can see the longing for a country place like this in your hubby's face. :-)

  10. Hi Sandi,

    I enjoyed touring the garden along with you and your hubby and
    I think you captured it all so well.
    Now,if we could just get a couple of days of steady rain,the garden might revive a little.
    Thank you for the lovely feature-I will put a link on my blog now that the 'secret' is out!

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend.


  11. Thanks for the tour, Sandi! You captured the essence of Carolyn's beautiful gardens very well. I enjoyed it!

  12. I'm dreaming of a day when my friend and I will visit PEI! Beautiful spaces.♥♫

  13. Recognized immediately! So beautiful!

    Sandi, just booked our trip this morning, and will be up there in your neck of the woods in September - hope to meet up with you and Carolyn then.

    In Halifax on Sept. 24 and Saint John NB on Sept 25th.

    Yay. We'll work out details if possible, hugs!

  14. Oh my my my!!! SO beautiful it all is! :) I would love right in too, so deliciously sweet! :D


  15. Hi sandi. I almost missed these three posts . My computer has been acting up and just checked in now and saw them. It is all so beautiful. Carolyn has gorgeous ground, flowers, bird houses, arbors and the little cabin is wonderful. We are debating between england or down east this fall and would love to visit. I was on a garden tour today and it was pretty great but nothing compared to yours. I so enjoyed that. Thank you to you both

  16. Thanks for the tour! I wouldn't want to leave that beautiful bedroom it is so peaceful and inviting.

  17. I am a new follower and have enjoyed looking around your blog.
    I enjoyed your post of the lovely garden tour.
    Will be back often
    Happy Sunday

  18. It was a thoroughly enjoyable tour of a very beautiful garden.

  19. What a delightful way to spend this Sunday afternoon, walking through the lovely gardens and cottage of your friend. I feel as though I was right there beside you as you described these pictures to us. So refreshing! I think I will go have a cup of tea and finish the afternoon with a good book. Aaaah, I needed that! Thank you.

  20. Hello Sandi,
    I have spent some time pinning these photos - you've done a marvelous job sharing Carolyn's gardens - so inspirational! You two have been such a delight to me over the years - I also mentioned your posts on my blog in reference to Carolyn's guest post! Hope you're having a wonderful day,

  21. A wonderful cottage!
    I also like to have a place where I can relax in the silence.
    I wish you happiness

  22. Sandi,
    Carolyn's garden and cottage are spectacular! Now you know that the doll house caught my eye!!
    What a treat for you and your hubby to visit your friend's home and garden!!
    Thanks so much for sharing it with us!


  23. I guessed. I guessed! I never miss viewing her gorgeous pictures of her most magical place. How nice you got to visit.
    Handsome Hubby too!
    Xo Ruthie from:

  24. Sandi, A beautiful garden and I agree you could move right into that little cottage. Carolyn's gardens are always magical, so nice you got to see them in person. Laura

  25. Hi Sandi,

    I'm dropping by to keep in touch.

    I love that miniature doll house. Thanks for sharing.


I am delighted to have you visit me and I read every comment. Please forgive me for not being able to visit you all as there are so many of you lovely bloggy friends now. I will visit as much as possible. I wish you a day filled with JOY! ~ Sandi