I turned the doorknob not knowing whether it would work or not. Enveloped I was by the warmth and comfort of the surroundings but longing to explore the gardens and the house. As I stepped out on the porch I was pleased that I had taken the chance. A moment of stillness in the otherwise hectic days. Still and peaceful; finally, blissfully quiet and alone. In a corner of the garden stood a tulip magnolia, leafless yet full with blossoms. The rattan chair inviting, and on another day, at a different time, I would have considered sitting and reflecting on the beauty that surrounded me. This was not that day, and so, with a deep sigh, I turned and went inside.
It is one of the most beautiful stores I have ever seen.