MACMILLAN AND CO.
is not the best possible place for a garden, and to be
within five miles of a large town is certainly no
advantage. We get smoke on one side, and salt breezes on
another, and, worst of all, there comes down upon us
every now and then a blast, laden with heavy chemical
odours, which is more deadly than either smoke or salt.
Still we are tolerably open, and in the country. As I
sit writing at my library window, I see, beyond the
lawn, field after field, until at last the eye rests on
the spire of a church three miles away.
red-gabled house, with stone facings, and various
creepers trained round it,—a small wood (in which there
is a rookery) screening us from a country road, and from
the west,—lawns with some large trees and several groups
of evergreens,—and the walled garden, the outer garden,
and the orchard;—it is to these that I invite you.
Exclusive of meadow-land there are only some four acres,
but four acres are enough for many gardening purposes,
and for very great enjoyment........................