Recently my husband and I moved to the little town of Alva, Florida to be near my daughter and her family. We have a pond and three stately oaks on the property and have planted a vegetable garden and small orchard. We are starting to feel settled in.
Before Florida we lived on McGregor Lane in Sebastopol, California for nearly 35 years. I always thought it a wondrous coincidence that I, a children's book author, lived on a lane that shared the name of a character created by one of the most wondrous children's authors of all. The character is Mr. McGregor who chased poor Peter Rabbit from his garden. The author was the creative Beatrix Potter.
Just as Beatrix Potter's imaginative worlds feel magical, McGregor Lane felt magical to me. My family was surrounded by oaks, redwoods, wild turkey, deer, quail, and rabbits that were a bit bigger than little Peter. I didn’t have a vegetable garden like Mr. McGregor had, but I had a big flower garden, 50 heirloom roses, and a wonderful orchard filled with heirloom apples, pears, plums, persimmons, berries, and lemons.
Doesn't this look like a magical place to live?
But before McGregor Lane, I lived in the land of Dorothy...Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto.