A Library and a Garden

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero (Ancient Roman Lawyer, Writer 106 BC-43 BC)

For the past few months, my family and I have been in the process of moving across the world from Prague back to our native Ohio, USA. As I’m finding out, it takes a long time to move across the sea.

Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

While we’ve been waiting on our beds and other essentials to arrive with the shipment from Prague, life has gone on. My boys are getting taller and growing. We’ve been making friends and enjoying the American way of living again. And now, eight weeks later, our essentials have arrived.

Sometimes it’s the smallest of things that make a place feel like home. I love having ice in a glass of water again, a picture or two on the wall, and a table to sit around with my family at the end of the day. It’s wonderful being home.

As I unpack and arrange our home again, I remember that, besides family and health, the two things I personally love having are:

1) a garden

2) a library / studio

I agree with Cicero.

Great Books on my shelf

A library and a garden are two things that in some walks of life unnecessary, but for me are fuel for my soul.

June Rose Gardens

I’m rejoicing at having a place with a writing chair, a library of my favorite books, a desk to edit photographs, and an easel set up with my work-in-progress canvas. And I love having fresh roses from the garden, which is coming along, too.

How about you? What are your favorite, most necessary spaces? Do you enjoy having a special place to refill your soul?

Published by Jennifer Lyn Art

About Jennifer Writer Author Photographer Artist Corporate Marketer Happy Wife & Mom World Traveler Grateful.

6 thoughts on “A Library and a Garden

  1. Wonderful post and photos, Jennifer! Welcome home, my friend. I’m so glad you’re finally getting settled.

    We are kindred spirits. It’ my writing library, furbabies, and gardens that feed my soul.

  2. I would have to concur with your thoughts. I feel comfortable,with my books near me. I’m not the best gardener but I have a few plants that have survived. Ha ha.
    So happy you are back home!!

  3. such interesting titles… I love looking at other peoples bookshelves… It’s a little like seeing into a soul!
    Enjoy the re entry but don’t forget you are changed!…. in a good way

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