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Friday, January 15, 2016

Hope's Paradise Garden

It's been many moons ago since the last time I've seen Hope and that was during our college days. She was my board mate in Baguio then. Thanks to Facebook, I was able to reconnect with her.  I was so impressed with the photos of her garden that she posted in FB a few years ago. It looks so nice, plants were arranged beautifully and it has a well manicured lawn. Look at these pics from her Facebook album and I'm pretty sure you will agree with me.

I commented in her FB that I wanna see her garden one of these days but days and years goes by and I didn't have time to go to the north to visit her and see her garden. Finally last month, when we went to Ilocos Region, Hope messaged me in FB to stop by her office when we go back home from the north. I got her cellphone number and when we were on the way from Ilocos, I texted her that we will be stopping by her office. By the way, she is the SB Secretary in the town of Sudipen, La Union. This is the last town of La Union and the next town is Tagudin, Ilocos Sur.

I was so excited to see Hope again. At last, after over 3 decades we saw each other again. She is still the same Hope, jolly and bubbly except she gained extra pounds like me. She have 4 kids, all professionals and 2 are working abroad. Hope have been to the US and other countries. She invited us to their house which is just a few steps away from the municipal hall. I never thought it was that near. And there was her paradise garden! I was so ecstatic to see it at last. For a plant lover like me, I am really appreciative and interested to see a very well-maintained, well trimmed and well arranged garden. I asked how much did she spend for the landscaping and she said nothing because she did it herself. She worked until 9:30PM most of the time doing her landscaping. I was dumbfounded and commended her for doing such a good job! It looks like it was done by a professional landscaper. I love gardening too but my gardening skill pales in comparison to her skill.

I went to her porch and I saw how creative she is not only in gardening/landscaping but also in interior design. Take a look.

Here are some pics in Hope's living room with her, me and hubby.

We went out and went to the right side of the house leading to her dirty kitchen. This is where her politician husband and his fellow politicians meet. It don't look like a dirty kitchen to me. It looks so neat and well kept.

We really had a good time at Hope's place. It's very nice, relaxing, serene and truly a paradise garden. She gave me a big ripe papaya to take home. I thank God for friends like Hope. She's a blessing.

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