The musical sound of Katie and Garrett’s laughter drifted down into the studio, as I sat distracted for once, from my latest piece. Tanya’s exasperated, “Go away you two” instantly brought a smile to my face as Katie and Garrett made a hasty retreat from the kitchen giggling away like a couple of naughty children.

"My poor sister", my head shook as my smile deepened... Tanya had disappeared into the kitchen an hour beforehand and was determined to make the most irresistible triple choc fudge cookies for Ness and nothing was going to deter her. I could hear Tanya singing "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" as my thoughts drifted once more, my brush strokes once again began to flow across the canvas.

Twinkle lights sparkled from every corner of the house including the garden and the most beautiful wreath imaginable had been threaded throughout the staircase. But, nothing quite compared to the fresh scent of pine from this years Christmas tree that had spread throughout the entire house. As it has been with every year, my beloved family were very much in the Christmas spirit.

As I leant back slightly and gazed at my piece, I realise that it was finished. It was our little garden gate, it is very old fashioned looking and made from wrought iron. I like to think of it as our "magical gate"... because it is hidden in the bottom of the garden, in the south wall that leads straight into the forest. It is the very gate that I would sneak through to go and meet Abbi.

True to my word, I have kept my promise and left her in peace... in the safe and loving hands of her new family who cherish and love her. (keeping tabs is different though *winks*) However, I still keep a fresh crown of flowers that I hang upon the gate as a small reminder of the little girl who stole my heart and our magical gate that led me to her.

With a sentimental smile I washed up my brushes and went off to help my sister clean up the disaster zone which I was quite sure our kitchen now resembled.

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Comment by Maddy McGuire on January 3, 2013 at 1:41am
That's ok xx
Comment by Carmen Denali on January 3, 2013 at 12:39am

Bless you Maddy *smiles* You're a wonderful Friend.

Comment by Maddy McGuire on January 1, 2013 at 11:53am

this is a lovely picture carmen. really thoughtful. 

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