Reaching Just Beyond …


05-09 BluebellsAudio:

On the edge of the creek and through the tress is the place Just Beyond.   It’s one of Clara’s favorite places for adventures.   Her mother had planted Blue Bells years ago, and they now carpet the floor of the forest, creating the illusion of a vast sea of color.   The light is dappled here, filtered and dancing when the breeze hits the tree branches.  In the afternoon the light is a golden glow.   Moss gross on the north side of the trees, creating a cushioned ground to lay upon and daydream.  There’s mushrooms, ivy and ferns growing amidst the trees as well.

Small creatures call this place home.  You can often find frogs and toads hopping on dead logs, with all sorts of creepy crawlies to snack on.  The birds fill the forest with songs, as they float from tree to tree.  Squirrels are busy stocking up on fallen tree nuts and berries for the long winter ahead.   Clara once chased the pesky rabbits from the garden, hopping across stones at the creek, and deep in to Just Beyond.   Her mom is always telling her to be wary of the sly fox, as shes seen him slinking around the edges of the forest.  Clara would love a glimpse of that fiery red bushy tail!   Just once.

Just Beyond is the perfect place for the imagination to run wild.  One day it could be a Castle with a Princess awaiting her true love.  The next, the center for scientific research into the reasons why slugs leave behind a slimy trail.  But Clara and her friends have yet to realize that Just Beyond is so much more than their imaginations can fathom.  There’s a prankster hiding in the shadows of the trees, waiting for new friends to laugh with.   And his world in Just Beyond is filled with wonders.

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