We walked down a little lane in the late afternoon and discovered a tall, stately, and very old brick wall with narrow slats allowing the observer to catch a glimpse inside. We peeked in from a distance and were surprised to see a lovely old garden with statuary inside. Was this an old park or ancient ruin? The entryway from the lane was blocked off. We couldn’t get in.
The very next morning we headed off to a museum, following the same walking route we’d taken the previous afternoon. We planned to stop at Baan Phor Liang Meun’s Terra Cotta Arts on the way. As soon as we stepped inside the gate of their display area and glimpsed their statuary, we thought it seemed strangely familiar. We looked back over our shoulders and saw the same gate that had been closed the evening before was now open. It was our secret garden!
We gave up our place to live – and our garden – so that we could travel around the world. So, we didn’t buy any terra cotta, although we wanted very much to have one. Now, as we continue our journey, we will have time to imagine different pieces from that terra cotta secret garden in our imaginary – and perhaps future — garden.