NEW WORDS TO LEARN
- Lush (adjective) Growing in abundance
- Recite (verb) Repeat out loud before an audience
- Nimbly ( adverb) Quick and light in movement
In some parts of our country it rains in winter. Sometimes it rains all day. Occasionally it rains all week! You may think this is not very pleasant. Being cold and getting wet wherever you go, as happens to many people who live in such rainy places, is not very jolly. But there is much fun to be had in the rainy months, if you look in the right places. One such place is Eva’s Garden. But if you ever stumble upon it – and be warned, it is not easy to find – remember to wear your gumboots!
Eva’s Garden is very big, so big you could get lost in it and never find your way back out again. Because of its gigantic size, no one knows where it begins or where it ends. Besides, you can’t look for it as you would look for a lost toy. It has only ever been found by accident. This has happened in many ways. One boy chose an unfamiliar path on his way to visit a friend; a little girl followed a cat down a mysterious alley. Then, all of a sudden, they looked up and found themselves in Eva’s Garden! If you are lucky enough to find it, you will feel as though you have been there before, even though everything will be completely new.
Not only does no one know where to find Eva’s Garden, no one knows what it looks like from the outside either. Some say it is as round as the moon, others say it is as complicated as a maze. Imagine trying to figure out what you looked like if you did not have a mirror in which to see yourself! Knowing what Eva’s Garden looks like would be even harder than that.
When it rains in Eva’s Garden, it may fall from the sky very fast, or very slowly. You never know for sure which will happen.
The ducks in the ponds don’t mind the rain as their feathers are covered in a natural oil that prevents them getting wet. They just float happily along. Other animals are a little less comfortable about being caught in a downpour. A group of chattering squirrels will scatter like lightning when they feel the first drop of water touch their fur. They leap into trees or take cover in their homes underground. You may well know that cats can’t stand getting wet. They find shelter wherever they can, be it under a wheelbarrow or in the fire-warmed houses of their human friends.
The drops of rain trickle through lush green plants and sink into the dark soil. If you look closely, you can see hundreds of trapped air bubbles rising through the puddles like fizz in a glass of Coke. If you put your ear to the ground you would hear the bubbles popping, sounding like a crowded hall of people clapping their hands after a good show.