It is delightful to see the kindness of others. A while back I ran across a book sharing cupboard on the fence-line of a nearby garden. Take a book, leave a book, help yourself. Why not? I really like how that neighbor reached out to the community.
Since then, I’ve noticed a few more public offerings. The second book exchange was on a quiet side street. I couldn’t help but smile at the happy paint colors. Right on!
There was sign of graffiti past on the box, but happily that neighbor tidied that up & continued with the sharing.
And now I’ve happened upon another kiosk! It sits beside the pathway of a quiet city park. This one says “take what you need, Leave what you can”. Lots of folk travel the path – and plenty exercise dogs in the big open meadow. I’m so curious to know whether there is a turnover of goods or not. I’ll have to make sure I walk that way again in a couple of weeks to see. I have my fingers crossed that the parks department won’t remove it.
Truly I’m in awe of this hardy little snapdragon. He is descended from a plant about 15 feet away – – also growing in a rocky crevice. His parent bloomed all summer, but this fellow popped up in summer & started to bloom by September. Now, in late December, he’s still holding on! How he’s surviving is a mystery. I reckon he’s some kind of natural mutant out to prove survival of the fittest.
The west coast winter officially begins with the passing of the longest night.
Now I look forward to sunshine & new growth. Really it has started already. The tiny leaves of grape hyacinth poke above the ground in the late fall, but I don’t expect to any blooms until April or May…
In the meantime they look so fresh & green & juicy, it’s just too tempting for the deer to leave alone! I suppose we all enjoy a holiday treat. 🙂