A few weeks ago I installed a visitor log in the hut located in Yordie’s Retreat. I was curious to see how many visitors actually found the secret path leading from my garden to the retreat area. The path isn’t really secret, it’s not even that hidden if you walk along the strolling path in the garden.
See that little fork off the path (in the upper left) and thru the forest, that leads to Yordie’s Retreat.
Anyway, I was fascinated to discover that most of the garden visitors (>75%) never make their way to the retreat area or the hut that sits on a section of The Meandering Pond. I’m still mulling what this means, but I’m guessing that when someone arrives in my garden they cam around, maybe sit in the tea house, then on their way.
This morning I met one of the frequent visitors to my garden, and I asked her if she had ever been to the hut on the other side of the bamboo forest. Surprisingly, she never had. Wow. In a way, I was disappointed at the scant attention people seem to pay to the Retreat section. OTOH, I was sort of delighted that the forest posed such a imposing obstacle that people don’t consider exploring beyond. Fascinating! hehe
One other thing, I consider the retreat area, especially the hut on the pond to be the most enjoyable place in the garden. Did you know, if you fall into certain parts of the pond, you will sink like over 10 meters? So, when you set in the pond hut, you have a certain degree of physical privacy. ok, fiddleeedee
Also, this morning, I put my custom made stone benches and Buddha monuments for sale in the garden. Only L$20 a copy to support the garden. I’m expecting to become rich before the day is thru. hehe