The Garden

Dec. 16th, 2009 04:06 pm
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[identity profile] berlinghoff79.livejournal.com posting in [community profile] sgaconstruction
The figure stood in the early morning, face turned to the glimmer of soft light on crashing waves. His eyes searched from distant horizon to the shoreline, eyes taking in driftwood, seaweed and the last of the months snapfish jumping through wave-crests and bubbles.

What he wanted was not in view yet.

The eyes continued their journey, following weathered bleached boards up the beach, the side of the house, until it met the dishevelled assortments of wood that tried to mark the garden boundary. It wasn't doing very well, the sand still got in.

The man turned, moving away from the rising light, took a swallow from the mug and sat on the wooden love seat on the deck, offering views of sea, sand, garden and the back of the house.

The garden had been one of the many projects he'd surprisingly enjoyed. The house had succumbed to the ravages of sea and storms before they found it. The garden doubly so, being more dune and ragwort than anything else when they moved in. Now ,the pathways and beds created a maze of intricate design. Only if you looked from the rear bedroom windows or the attic terrace could you see what that pattern became.

Planting had been a challenge. What to use that would offer food, fuel and a “stress free garden experience”. In the end they had a series of field trips, covering many of the planets they had visited in their missions together. Gradually the garden had begun to take shape. Large willow like trees to the back. They bore fruit, offered fuel and gave a delicate perfume at twilight. Tea lights hung in their branches, small glass globes that gradually changed colour over the night, drawing their power by day from the diffused sunlight.

The herbaceous beds were next, offering vegetable and flowers in row after row of riotous colour, yet green was not the most abundant here. Silver grey and shades of blue held sway over the foliage. Deep red and golden yellow dotted here and there.

Large pieces of driftwood had been used to make the beds raised, protecting their delicate inhabitants from the sand that drifted everywhere. Hydro-pebbles kept the soil moist, keeping it cool and hydrated by day and acting as condensation points during dawn and dusk.

The beds decreased in height until only the decking remained, running from the borders to the back and side of the house.

They'd spent hours beach-combing, looking for the weird and wonderful to place in the garden. They'd brought some bits from home, and Teyla had presented them with an athosian sculpture that had pride of place on the decking by the seat.

“Rodney!”

He looked up and saw John jogging up the path from the seashore, his surfboard under his arm. He waved and headed for the kitchen. He needed more coffee, and John would need his breakfast.


Later

The party was in full swing. The garden was full of revellers, chatting, drinking, taking in the serenity of the garden. Teyla turned to the two of them and smiled.

“You have made a good place here.”

“We try our best.” John smirked and snaked an arm around Rodney's shoulders.

“you should be very proud of your accomplishments. It was hardest I know, for the both of you when the time came to leave Atlantis.”

Rodney's shoulders sagged a little and John squeezed a little tighter.

“I miss the old place.” Rodney sighed. “But they would never let us retire there so...” His voice trailed off, wistful.

Teyla looked around. Her arm outstretched as she encompassed the garden in a graceful sweep of her hand.

“But you have such a beautiful reminder...” She said, smiling again and looked up to the bedroom window. “...which you can see whenever you want.”

“Yes, well.” Rodney blushed. and John's laughter could be heard across the sands.


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Author: [livejournal.com profile] tipsywitch
Artist: [livejournal.com profile] calcitrix


Where to next?

The Entry Hall
The Garage
2nd Floor

Date: 2010-01-02 12:20 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] ariadne83.livejournal.com
Oh wow, the garden is absolutely gorgeous. I want to sit out on that deck and drink cocktails :D

Date: 2010-01-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thank you. The story gave such a wonderful sense of it, I knew how I wanted to draw it right away.

Date: 2010-01-02 12:26 am (UTC)
tarlanx: (McShep - Home)
From: [personal profile] tarlanx
Beautiful! Both 'description/ficlet' and art!

Date: 2010-01-09 11:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was a very fun challenge to draw this!

Date: 2010-01-16 04:42 pm (UTC)
ext_2382: (Boys giggling)
From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thank you. Had fun being a part of this. Sorry for the late comment tho', RL has been encroaching! *hugs you*

Date: 2010-01-02 01:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
What a lovely ficlet! I loved the descriptions and the mood you set; the sense of peace you've given them and that they're keeping ties with their friends!

Date: 2010-01-02 03:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
The artwork is gorgeous!!!!!! Thank you for doing such a beautiful picture to go with the ficlet. You guys mind if I copy it? Personal use only of course.

Date: 2010-01-02 08:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thank you! It was so much fun to do! And no, I don't mind if you copy it.

Date: 2010-01-02 01:43 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chkc.livejournal.com
Both the fic and art are wonderful! The idea of using plants from all over Pegasus galaxy to create a self-sufficient household is so interesting. The botanists would have a fun time, assuming that Rodney would somehow deign to let botanists visit. :D

And the art is so amazingly detailed! There are so many different types of plants and colours, it just dazzles the eye. Of course, a half-naked John is also plenty dazzling. ;) My favourite is the giant blue and orange crab, and the rainbow coloured pathway. Very cool!

Date: 2010-01-09 11:54 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! I definitely got into the drawing--the story was rather inspiring, and then it got to be so much fun!

Date: 2010-01-16 04:33 pm (UTC)
ext_2382: (Boys giggling)
From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Late comment, for which I apologise.

Rodney didn't let the botanists anywhere near it. He had his own ideas. John, on the other hand, kept in touch with the green fingered ones and gently persuaded Rodney (he can be devious when he wants to be) in certain directions. Thank you for commenting, B79's idea was brilliant and couldn't pass that one up.

Date: 2010-01-02 07:13 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] winkingstar.livejournal.com
Oh, what lovely ficlet! It has such a peaceful mood, I can almost actually hear the waves on the beach. :) And I love that Teyla and others are visitors. Yay! ♥

The art is gorgeous! I love the colours!! There's a riot of colours, yet they all go so well together. And there are so many details to find! (Love the whale statue!) I could stare at this for hours. It's a stunning panorama. ♥

Date: 2010-01-09 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thank you! The art turned into a really fun challenge for me.

Date: 2010-01-16 04:35 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Late comment, for which I apologise. I'm glad you enjoyed the ficlet. I was drawn to B79's idea so the hugs and credit should all go to her. I did want them to have a little place to escape to after the chaos of their lives in Atlantis.

Date: 2010-01-02 01:59 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanarts-series.livejournal.com
Wo it's a lovely place to be, want to join john and take a sunbathing.

Date: 2010-01-02 02:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fanarts-series.livejournal.com
And oh i forgot the flicet is delicious, sweet and i love your Teyla.

Date: 2010-01-16 04:36 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thank you. I thought Teyla would be the one to appreciate what they were trying to achieve.

Sorry for the late comment *hugs*

Date: 2010-01-09 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! That's what I was going for; I would totally hang out there, too.

Date: 2010-01-02 03:46 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] beadattitude.livejournal.com
Gorgeous. Story and artwork both.

Date: 2010-01-09 11:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thank you! The story really inspired me to draw!

Date: 2010-01-16 04:41 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thank you! I had fun being part of the construction process. Sorry for the late comment, RL has been a royal pain recently! *hugs you*

Date: 2010-01-03 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fawkesielady-ed.livejournal.com
beautiful! Both the story and the art!

The picture is absolutely beautiful though!! And wow that pic of John is spot on!

Perfect!

Date: 2010-01-10 12:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! I drew John first and then realized I had to draw a bunch of plants, too :)

Date: 2010-01-16 04:40 pm (UTC)
ext_2382: (aim to misbehave)
From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thank you for commenting, sorry for the late reply. The art is awesome!

Date: 2010-01-03 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] iris-summers.livejournal.com
I can't imagine Rodney being into botany and plants. Heh. But this was a really sweet ficlet. And the artwork is gorgeous - all the colors and details give it that otherwordly quality to it. And how can one be tired of looking at that view when there's a half-naked John? ;)

Date: 2010-01-10 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Rodney probably made a little weeding and trimming robot :) Thanks! John definitely improves any view.

Date: 2010-01-16 04:39 pm (UTC)
ext_2382: (Boys giggling)
From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
It was half naked John that inspired Rodney to be a part of the overhaul project. That and John's promise of getting clean together after gardening...

Date: 2010-01-04 12:01 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gottalovev.livejournal.com
I love it all: the fic, the art and the idea behind it. really nice.

Date: 2010-01-10 12:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! I loved being a part of it!

Date: 2010-01-16 04:38 pm (UTC)
ext_2382: (Bert and Ernie)
From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thanks for taking the time to comment. I enjoyed being part of the "construction"

Date: 2010-01-10 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thank you! Loved being a part of this!

Date: 2010-01-16 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
You started it all with your great idea! *hugs* Sorry for taking so long to comment on this. RL has been a bit chaotic.

Date: 2010-01-06 12:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] adafrog.livejournal.com
Great, thanks.

Date: 2010-01-10 12:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] calcitrix.livejournal.com
Thanks! It was a lot of fun.

Date: 2010-01-16 04:37 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] tipsywitch.livejournal.com
Thank you. I enjoyed it.

Date: 2010-01-19 11:52 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] melagan.livejournal.com
The fic and pictures are wonderful! Love that it turned out to me Rodney's musing and the art work is so much more than I ever would have expected.*squeee*

Date: 2010-01-27 10:24 pm (UTC)
runpunkrun: team sheppard tiny in the foreground, huge mountains in the background, and a lot of ground between them (this walk in the park is no walk in the)
From: [personal profile] runpunkrun
The garden is lovely! All the wandering pathways and the artwork and the colors and shapes of the plants. The deck looks very inviting. As does John down on the beach. ;)

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