Wednesday, December 16, 2009

The story of Temenos

Temenos is a sanctuary of tranquillity and beauty set in the country village of McGregor.  The beautiful gardens offer little corners and refuges tucked away behind rose gardens, near tinkling water features or where ever a quiet spot for meditation, rest and renewal presents itself.  People come here to embrace the silence, meditate within groups or by themselves.  Should you need guidance it is there.  Should you need solitude you may have it.  All this in the most fragrant and exquisite of gardens grown from almost bare veld by the hard work and vision of its owner.





 

The duckpond, its inhabitants currently catching up on their sleep, while the yellow weaver birds continue nest building at a frenzied pace.



One of the colourful inhabitants of the pond taking advantage of the empty space.



Fresh flowers picked from the garden by the staff adorn the various statues and fill the vases in the guest cottages each day.



It's difficult to resist another picture of those scintillating geraniums.





To my mind pea hens always look rather distrait, like society hostesses not sure of the guests' names.





This is Picasso, an early morning visitor each day, who jumps over the open stable door of the cottage and shares coffee and rusks.  Breakfast completed, he then settles down for the first of many naps of the day.  Although we felt extremely honoured on the first morning, we gathered that he had his rounds each day and visted at least two or three other cottages.  Not such an honour after all.


5 comments:

The romantic query letter and the happy-ever-after said... [Reply to comment]

Your photos make me long for holiday. You have a brilliant eye, you know and I'm always made happier for having visited you.
Thank you for sharing your blog with me.
My warmest regards to you Val,
Simone.

Isabelle said... [Reply to comment]

That's Africa? Goodness me. That's not what it looks like on television! How lovely.

Pretty Things said... [Reply to comment]

Utter joy to see this post. Before I discovered beads, I was an avid gardener, and I had millions of flowers and vegetables and herbs growing. Now my house sits on a tiny postage stamp, but this coming year, I plan to reconnect with seeds.

Anja F. C. said... [Reply to comment]

Lovely tranquil images, I think its also time for some time out again, lovely idea. Thank you for your visit and comment on my blog.

m. heart said... [Reply to comment]

What a gorgeous place. The angel statue against the blue is just stunning. It would make a wonderful card.

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