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Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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Reading in the Reader Rock Garden

By Donna Fletcher Crow ~ October 1, 2010

The weather remains golden in Calgary, if cooler every day.  Today I noted a strip of frost on the garage roof.  Yesterday, though, we had a lovely outing to a near by historical site:  The Reader Rock Garden. 

 

In 1908 William Reader, his wife Rose and young son and daughter came to Calgary from England for Reader to assume the position of Parks Superintendent.  There had been 2 previous superintendents, neither of whom had done much or stayed long in this rather arid frontier outpost.

Reader and his family were given a fine Edwardian house on a hill overlooking what is now the Calgary Stampede grounds.   And that was it.  The house sat in the middle of a steep, sandy stretch of barren land.  It took Reader many years to turn his home into a wonderland of trails, ponds, flower beds and secret gardens, as well as developing many of Calgary's parks.

Our goal, after eploring all the trails, was the secluded upper hideaway known as the Rose Garden-- not for the roses grown there, but rather because it was Rose Reader's special retreat.  No children were allowed in unless invited, and then only if well behaved.  And Roses' favorite activity in her special garden?  Reading. 

            

Which was exactly our plan.  Dominic is intently following the Magic Tree House series which whisks children to any land or time where they are needed to perform missions to save Camelot.  Today they are meeting Clara Barton on a Civil War battlefield.  And so history and magic surround us on a lovely autumn day. 

Which, of course, had to end with a leaf fight.

Donna Fletcher Crow (US) is the author of forty-some books, mostly novels dealing with the history of British Christianity. She is the author of The Monastery Murders series; The Lord Danvers Victorian True-Crime series; The Elizabeth & Richard literary mysteries, GLASTONBURY,A Novel of the Holy Grail and more. www.donnafletchercrow.com

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That looks a wonderful spot, Donna, magical indeed. I love visiting historical gardens, and on calm still autumn days you can get as much colour as at midsummer, if there are the kind of trees that go in for glorious technicolor.
-Jane Finnis, October 2, 2010

Thank you, Jane. You would love Calgary--it's such a great combination of England and America and yet it's own unique self. And such friendly people! A real joy to be here.
-Donna, October 2, 2010

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