When is a room not a room? (Tuscany Italy)

When is a room not a room? (Tuscany Italy)

 Weekly Photo Challenge: ROOM

From the four walls that currently surround you to the infinite potential of space, this week we’d like you to show us your take on room, rooms, or a room. Like a few other English words,  Room means two contradictory things. It can be the four walls that enclose us, giving us shelter and comfort but also limiting our movement. It’s also the limitless space into which we can wander and which we can fill — or try to (think about that expression, “room to grow”).

Hello all

I come to my blog today after a very busy weekend filled with children and birthday celebrations. I have certainly neglected my blog during this time and yet. because of this, it has given me a chance to mull on what ‘ROOM’ is all about. It gave me time to think about what ‘my take’ was on: room, rooms or just a room.

While I was helping Alice (12) with paper flower making last night Violet (7) was making a Halloween card (okay I know it isn’t Halloween but she was hell-bent on making one!) I looked for some photos of rooms that weren’t contained within four walls.  (As an aside, let me tell you that you can easily do this sort of multitasking when you are younger … but don’t try it as a Grandma, it’s too hard!)

Now where was I with this? Oh yes … I had decided during the last two days that sometimes we form ‘rooms’  that aren’t really rooms at all … for various reasons. Think about when you are in hospital and sharing a room with another patient. what happens when you want privacy? The nurse draws the curtains around you. Hey presto, you have a room!

Another occasion is when you have a really large room which you divide into a dining room down one end and you arrange furniture to make a family room down the other end. Sometimes, you may even have one of those folding screens that you put between the two if you want privacy. Again, you have created an instant room.

And my favourite ‘instant room’ is in a garden when you grow plants and place hedges in such a way that it creates a ‘feeling’ of a room. Just add a table and some chairs and you have created an outdoor room, perfect for that morning or afternoon cuppa.

Therefore today, I am going to bring you some ‘feeling’ of rooms that Geoff and I encountered last April when we visited the beautiful Hunter Valley Gardens, north of Sydney. There are so many beautiful ‘rooms’ in this garden dear friends. In fact, Hunter Valley Gardens have made it into an art form with their creation of the Italian Grotto Garden, the Oriental Garden, the Indian Garden and many others besides.

Today I am going to share some of these ‘rooms’ with you. So dear friends, here is my take on this week’s Photo Challenge: ROOM

To see more of the beautiful Theme Gardens at Hunter Valley Gardens visit their website … it is a beautiful place: http://www.huntervalleygardens.com.au/

Another wall and gates that leads into the Indian Garden.

A wall with gates that leads into the Indian Garden ‘Room’.

Walls in the garden such as these give a feeling of going from one 'room' into another

Walls in the garden such as these give a feeling of going from one ‘room’ into another

If you look through the bushes you can see Alice in Wonderland having her Mad Hatter's Tea Party in the Story Book Garden.

If you look through the bushes you can see Alice in Wonderland having her Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in the Story Book Garden Room.

Another view of the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

Another view of the Mad Hatters Tea Party.

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