Living at The Barn we often wonder what it would have been like when Edna walked the garden. We will never truly know. Once we found a pair of reading glasses buried deep in one of the garden beds. We turned to the books to see if they were the ones she wore in the rare actual photos of her later life. Not an exact match but pretty close.
Books are but one connection with Edna Walling. We can make out certain locations and angles both in and out of the house. With much of our understanding of those times derived from black and white photos, it is in moments found in the garden on a still and quiet moonlight night that gives the impression of stepping into Edna's world. All colours are gone and the moonlight presents shades as if everything as if from a book. Without the chirping of birds and the murmur of distant cars, the feeling is really tranquil - just the garden, the moon and the night sky..
The other connection with Edna is the pre-programmed nature of the garden. As the seasons change its as though each part of the garden and each plan have their own time to draw the eye.
"The Barn started life as a stable and garage to which have been added a bedroom and bathroom. I always wanted to live here, so when 'Sonning' was sold, over we moved, lock, stock and barrel. And how I loved being surrounded by the bush, and grass that only needed mowing twice a year...." Edna moved from Sonning in 1951.