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joanstewart
joanstewart @joanstewart
· a month ago · 5 min read · South Africa · #wednesdaywalk

Cleopatra Gardens



Luxury indoors, well Let's just say "super comfy", we are not here to show indoor space today but the outdoor charm spent wondering around the garden and close riverCleopatra Mountain Farmhouse

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An apt name Cleopatra meaning "glory to the father", a name befitting queens of Egypt, gorgeous, refreshing, gentle perfume wafting through on a breeze between the trees, roses, lemons, lavenders all sharing melody of fragrance, tantalizing, teasing your emotional state of mind.

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Arrival takes you straight down a staircase into magnificent gardens laid out with fresh fruit and vegetables, everything shouts country farmhouse. An exclusive private resort that welcomes you to have morning tea, enjoying a visit of nature preserved lovingly by owners and staff equally you are greeted on entering, then disappear for you to ramble around feeling the magic of tranquil setting.

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Delicious meals served daily are served, one look at the freshness on offer, growing to please patrons. Climate and soil condition us here is ideal for growing crops, bulbul bird I noticed was doing a self-service in the strawberries, Oh a strawberry or two for the birds to enjoy....

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Rounding the corner a board displayed events on the day, with temperatures a forewarning on what clothes/refreshments you may need if going out hiking.

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Floral Arrangement in Nature

Frontage of establishment is a man made dam, surrounded by tall trees filled with bird life, these owners can be proud of achieving their dreams in transforming an old farmstead into a tranquil haven.

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Tall Irises along the waters edge make a stunning show of deep purple/blue colours the sunbirds enjoyed diving into.Purple normally signifies royalty or wisdom. How wise to plant along a moist edge adding natural beauty to the pathway.

Greek mythology:

Iris was the goddess of the rainbow and a messenger for Zeus and Hera, and many believe that the flower is named after her. She carried messages from heaven to earth on the arc of the rainbow, and was a companion to female souls on the way to heaven. To this day, Greeks plant purple irises on women’s graves so that Iris will guide them to their resting place in heaven.

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Siberian iris
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Morning "tea", well cappuccino coffee and scones enjoyed under the tree was superb! Before exploring more....

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Peony bush with flowers, never having seen these I have researched a little, an online friend @sunscape show cased her garden with pink peonies, I hope to confirm this is what I am looking at not being familiar with the flower at all.

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Fruit tree flowers making a lovely show in Spring how wonderful to see the blooms being slightly inland to enjoy the soft colour contrasting against dry African grasses in the background, this area is still crying for rain. Hope @dswigle is enjoying a deserved break, enjoying flowers in the North still, missing her cheerful greeting "Never forget flowers".

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Birds Gardener Delight

Being able to watch the smaller birds enjoying this little oasis in the harsh African bush was a pleasure to behold.

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Little Manico sunbird dancing in the irises enjoying bountiful nectar. (I stand to be corrected on sunbird description.)

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With a Common waxbill joining in flitting between the branches.

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Needless to say many Southern masked weaver birds enjoying this paradise! Did you notice all their nests hanging from the trees?

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Yellow-billed ducks enjoying the dam, quiet piece of water would be a crying shame without a wild duck or two calling this home. A 1st class home at that!

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Reflections and Images Enticing Harmony

Soothing your senses, smell influences us in such a strong way, evoking memories, stimulating our brain activity in a positive invigorating way, healing both body and mind.

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With busy lives today one needs retreat hideaways infusing balance into an otherwise pandemonium world. Of late life has been topsy-turvy, no more or less than the next person, perhaps more exaggerated as one gets older, takes it's toll on time, being more diligent both on and off-line.

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All photography is my own, resized for ease of uploading, used a Canon PowerShot SX730 HS

Thank you for joining me enjoying nature in our part of the world, have a wonderful week, keep walking, keep smiling, life is short enjoy each moment!


Thought for Today: Return to old watering holes for more than water; friends and dreams are there to meet you. ~ African proverb

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Looks like such a lovely place to visit love the gardens
and thanks for joining Wednesday Walk :)


Very old style inside with gorgeous antiques everywhere, gardens are so tranquil, thanks for reading on Friday, ran out of week again!


That happens to me as well sometimes the days just fly by :)


Beautiful photography


Thanks @shuvo35


lizelle
lizelle @lizellea month ago

Wow @joanstewart, I am soooo envious! Cleopatra's on my bucket list, are you staying over or passing through? I believe their food is to die for! Absolutely gorgeous scenery beautifully captured by you!


Stunning place for a weekend Lizelle, no we have not had a dinner there, I believe it is out of this world with brilliant chef overseeing everything, perhaps some time soon.

We stay literally around the corner a five minute drive away at the Brackenburg Trout Resort @lizelle


lizelle
lizelle @lizellea month ago

Enjoy! Hope you bring home some trout, one of my favourite fish!


My brother did fish but caught nothing, dam levels exceptionally low so we sat watching them rise making ripples, left them for next time.


What a lovely place! 😍😍 love your story too!


An exquisite place to visit @iamraincrystal


I've never seen a garden layout like that instead of flowers they plant food! Brilliant!


My Dad had his garden in beds like this @roselifecoach, certain parts vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and flower beds as he referred them to. Our garden needless to say was a lot smaller and not on such grand design.


Your dad's must have a huge garden then!


Good food and a great view, what a lovely day you have @joanstewart!


Most definitely a place to enjoy some time @joelai


jaynie
Jaynie @jayniea month ago

Love that herb garden! I wish I had the sun in my garden to plant more herb and veg!


I marvel they are not raided by wildlife especially baboons up there, staff must keep an eye on everything @jaynie


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rynow @rynowa month ago

This really looks like a great place!! The coffee and scones looks amazing too, I love the reflections in the water!!


Lovely area in the Berg still relatively untouched no crowds of people coming in this area @rynow


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