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A Spring Holiday and Japanese Gardens

It has been such a good holiday thus far, busy as can be, but so good.

Bear and I have been juggling a mixture of hard labor and jolly day trips around Queensland, and my heart is full of great memories of gorgeous places, projects completed, and jolly times with dear friends.

I’m going to take the rest of the holiday off from blogging, but I shall leave you with these photos of the exquisitely beautiful and peaceful Japanese Gardens at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens at Mt. Coot-tha.

I love this place so much. Especially early in the morning when there aren’t any visitors about and I have to run through a gauntlet of sprinklers to get inside.

It is a lovely place for slow strolling and quiet sitting.

At this time of year the azaleas and irises are blooming, vibrant bursts of color in a soothing expanse of green.

I love the water, particularly on cloudy days when it seems even more still and peaceful.

“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond…” Jessy and Bryan Matteo

I like that thought very much. It reminds me of another quote I read earlier this week:

“I can’t save the whole world. I can’t bring peace to Syria. I can’t fix the environment or the health care system,
and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner.
But I can be kind.”
Kate Bartolotta

Wishing you a beautiful week filled with peaceful moments, much kindness, and happy memories to cheer your heart when life goes wonky.


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John Gorge - such a lovely place. God bless your forest and garden adventures and your photography work and passion. Keep it up.

Krista - We will add this to our list of places to visit when you come, @breannemosher:disqus 🙂

Krista - Yes, they surely did, @eb4516b761b7b3a9c53c4a7d6744cb92:disqus 🙂

Krista - I never pictured a Japanese garden in France, @71eb07213759ab4e5611e1dd9f1df8a7:disqus , but I’m delighted to know you have one near you. 🙂

Krista - I love that one too, @132fe8be674f43d4508b19c8db8df791:disqus 🙂 SO much. 🙂

Krista - I’m so glad you like them, @GourmetGetaway:disqus 🙂

Krista - Japanese garden vibe sounds fantastic, @119c2cee80d4ff8a6f3916096ddfc8dd:disqus 🙂 You have such cool things in Melbourne. 🙂

Krista - I can’t begin to fathom all the work that goes into them, @inspiringtravellers:disqus ! But how wonderful it is when they’re done. 🙂

Krista - Peaceful moments are absolute treasures, aren’t they, @kimlivlife:disqus ? 🙂 Wishing you many of them in the weeks to come. 🙂

Krista - Thanks so much, @turkeysforlife:disqus 🙂 It was a really fabulous break. 🙂

Krista - Thank you so much for recommending the Montreal park post, @sarahkenney:disqus 🙂 It is stunningly beautiful. 🙂

Breanne @ This Vintage Moment - What a beautiful and peaceful place to spend a few hours. Gardens and water always soothe my heart.

My Retiring Life - Lovely photos and lovely sentiments. Walking through these gardens would surely bring joy and peace.

GourmetGetaway - These gardens are just so gorgeous!

Kitchen Butterfly - Gorgeous scene – thanks for sharing. Loveeeee the quotes, especially Kate Bartolotta’s “I can’t save the whole world. I can’t bring peace to Syria. I can’t fix the environment or the health care system, and from the looks of it, I may end up burning my dinner. But I can be kind.”

Jamie - What a stunning garden! We have a small Japanese garden in the center of Nantes and it is odd how peaceful it is even when filled with people. This one is absolutely beautiful and I know I would spend a lot of time here.

Justine de Jonge - This is absolutely gorgeous Krista! So much tranquility for you too. I went to a Hanami Day near my house a few weeks ago, and the Japanese garden vibe there was amazing 🙂

Andrea and John - Oh I just love Japanese gardens! The maintenance work must be incredible

Kim - Liv Life - What a gorgeous garden! I’m loving the green… just so, so green and lush. A wish for peaceful moments… how did you know that was on top of my list?? Thanks, my friend!! Wishing the same to you!!! XOXO

Turkey's For Life - Great photos as usual. Enjoy your little blogging break! 🙂

Sarah Kenney - A true Japanese Garden to enjoy. That reminds me that I really shouldn’t miss the one that is located in Portland, Oregon. I will be there in Nov. so it probably isn’t the best time to go but it might be interesting. I was just visiting “My Retiring Life” blog and she has a photo collection of a gorgeous park in Montreal, Canada that she visited. You should take a peek…I think you would love seeing what they have done there.

Krista - I really love it too, @disqus_2yjJojmJOE:disqus 🙂 It takes the pressure off from things I have no power over and helps me focus on what I CAN do. 🙂 We’re doing the same thing as you on our farm!! It’s a bit overwhelming at the moment, but bit by bit we’re making things better and that feels good. 🙂

Margaret | DestinationHere&Now - Love that little quote from Kate Krista. And thanks for sharing these pics. We’ve been looking at the front of our cottage thinking we need to give it a bit of a facelift, especially as it needs a bit of structural work which is going to mess everything up. Some lovely inspiration here. Thanks. x

Krista - Thank you so much, @9d73767d10227efff04c7307e331304c:disqus 🙂 Kindness never goes amiss, right? xo

Krista - Thank you very much, dear @wanderingsheila:disqus 🙂 I’m so glad you like it too. I’m really looking forward to a little break. Bear and I are going out for breakfast this morning and to the markets. I can’t wait. 🙂 xo

Cathy - An absolutely beautiful space Krista. Enjoy your break and we look forward to welcoming you to blogging once the holiday is over.

mlleparadis - gorgeous gorgeous pics as always! (and nice sentiments too) worked for me!


Krista - Thank you, @d58b26e263bfdbd99d844b965c5cbbfb:disqus , I will! 🙂

Krista - It sure is, @joanneeatswellwithothers:disqus 🙂 All that green soothes my soul. 🙂

Krista - Oh I hope you DO return one day soon, @OrgasmicChef:disqus . 🙂 I’d love to pop over and meet you there for a ramble and a visit. 🙂

bellini - Enjoy Krista!!!!

Joanne (eats well with others) - This beautiful scenery is definitely what spring is all about!

Maureen | OrgasmicChef - How beautiful! I’ve only been there once and didn’t stay long enough. I’m eager to go back.

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