Friday Fun: Places to Meditate and Contemplate

I’m not really the action holiday type of person (unless visiting museums or wandering down cobbled medieval streets counts as action). Not for me wildwater rafting, bungee jumping or cycling, although I do enjoy hiking at a leisurely pace in the mountains (and skiing in winter). But nor do I enjoy beach holidays where you just roast in the sun. However, I could imagine spending weeks in each of the places below, reading my books. They have just the right amount of beauty and shade.

Water is always a restful feature to have in a garden – unless you have small children or curious pets.
Create a little oasis in your own house, as Patishandika in Arch Daily has done.
Courtyard of Loma House in Ecuador, designed by architect Quizhpe.
Another dreamy courtyard, designed by Khosla Associates.
The charm of the overgrown garden in East Sussex, from lobsterandswan.com
But of course the best gardens for meditation are the Zen gardens of Japan, from 123rf.com
OK, maybe this beach in the shade. Finca Beach House from TripAdvisor.

 

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

We know how to relax...
We know how to relax…

Aren’t cats just the best at teaching us how to relax and take life as it comes? May you all have a Christmas that is at least half as restful and enjoyable as Pepina’s, shown here!  (Oh, and have you ever wondered why there seems to be such a prevalence of cat and dog lovers among writers?)

I may be missing in action over the next few weeks, as I am not sure how good my Internet connection will be, but I wish you all a great start to the New Year.   Fingers crossed, I will get the editing on my novel done!