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A quiet walk


This golden topped gateway in Encinitas tells us that we are at Swami’s Self-Realisation Fellowship Temple.

Just round the corner, in the side road, is the entrance to Swami’s Meditation Gardens, which are open to the public every day of the week, except Monday.  The gardens are small, but with a fantastic view over the ocean.  We can spend as long as we like on our walk here, pausing on one of the benches to admire the scenery, or maybe finding a shady spot to sit and read a book for a while.  So, I’ll leave you to go round at your own pace and enjoy a peaceful time.

First we come to the steps, taking us up into the gardens.

Then it is a short meander to the edge of the gardens and the magnificent ocean views.

This might be a good time to sit on one of the many benches that are around the gardens.

When it’s time to move one, there are plenty of beautiful plants to catch the eye

We come to a shady path

Which leads us to a series of koi ponds linked by small streams with the restful sound of water to enhance the calm atmosphere.

The path through the gardens is nearly at its end, but not before we pass this rather intriguing plant.

And that’s it – I hope you enjoyed the walk, whether it was long or short, and feel refreshed and revitalised.

If you would like to join in with another walk, Jo has some lovely ones to offer.


13 thoughts on “A quiet walk

  1. What a lovely wander, Elaine! I feel a meditation coming on. 🙂 🙂 Beautiful photos, hon. Thanks a lot! You’ve actually linked to last week’s post, which doesn’t matter to me but you might not receive so many visitors? I’ll put it in next week’s walk. It occurs to me I might have missed this as I’ve not been in the Reader till this morning. Apologies if so 🙂

    • I hope you managed to fit in a little meditation 🙂 I’ve updated my link so that it is now linking to today’s post. I was trying to be very efficient and schedule the post, but the time difference plays havoc with things – me trying to link to something that hasn’t been posted yet! 😀 I hope I haven’t confused things too much…

  2. Lots of interesting things to see along the way on this walk, Elaine.

  3. An interesting place. I’d be happy sitting on one of those benches overlooking the sea for a while. The planting looks very tropical, I bet Pauline (PommePal) would be able to identify most of these. I recognised a few Bromeliad and Anthurium and also an Aeonium. The last looks like some odd palm tree! Is it quite humid in this part of California?

    • I have to say that I sat for quite a while on one of the benches with a sea view – it was very restful. I was meaning to try and find out the names of the plants before I posted the post, but time ran away from me. I will do some research and add them as I identify them. Some I already recognised, but just couldn’t remember their names! Occasionally it feels quite humid, but generally it isn’t bad.

  4. Gorgeous, Elaine. What a beautiful place, with lovely shady areas as well as those appealing seats looking out to sea. Nice to see the maroon-and-green-leaved coleus growing there, I’ve got one exactly the same as a house plant.

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