An oasis in the city

There’s a tiny courtyard squeezed inside terrace walls
Where I sit and have coffee in a secret garden
And reflect on the mirrored wall
…and enjoy the serenity in every corner.

A trompe-l’oeil leads me to this secret oasis

Where a comatosed cat sleeps on a leafy wall
And a semi-comatosed Pumpkin watches from above!
Here the doves are silent … 
 And if I am very quiet, I can hear water trickling

As I drink in the details

And envy the soporific life of its owners
 Rahni and Taz…

For theirs is anything but a dog’s life
Hidden amongst the petunias and nasturtiums!

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  • Dianne January 29, 2013   Reply →

    I could sit there for a long time Francesca soaking up the ambiance. I think as photographers we notice the detail -textures – colours – light & shade.
    A lovely series of pics.

  • Nathalie January 29, 2013   Reply →

    Just splendid!
    You make us see what seems to be the common world come to life.
    you remind us to seek places we have forgotten when we grow up
    the world is so beautiful, alas we are often too busy to just notice it…
    Thank you for opening our eyes and make us notice again, the little things which are so important for our soul.

  • Joy January 29, 2013   Reply →

    That's gorgeous!!

  • JOHN January 29, 2013   Reply →

    That house looks good enough to live in, but wait I do live there, the photos are are fantastic thank you Frannie XXX J & B

  • lisa | renovating italy January 29, 2013   Reply →

    what a perfect spot to sit and sip a cup of tea and just relax, x

  • Mum January 30, 2013   Reply →

    Quite charming and a true reflection of the delightful people (and dogs!) who live there in the hidden oasis. Love it.

  • Eva Inathens-Greece February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Such a lovely place hidden there! Wish you many nice coffeebreaks there!

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you Dianne – this was a sanctuary and I have so many other little corners form this place to post at another time! F

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you Nathalie – you are so right – we are always so busy to notice. A camera helps me slow down and notice. F x

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you Joy x

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Darling B & J – you are masters of creating magical places – thank you for your inspiration. Fxx

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you Lisa – keep breathing as you count down. I hope all is well with you and Sam. Thinking of you xx

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you – as you say a reflection of the magical souls who live there – how lucky we are to know them! F x

  • Francesca Muir February 3, 2013   Reply →

    Thank you Eva, F x

  • Malyss February 4, 2013   Reply →

    I love this place! Beautiful, and with plenty of good ideas for decoration! an oasis, truly!

  • Pat Tillett February 11, 2013   Reply →

    A fantastc place and beautiful photos if it. I'd live to sit there for a long while…

  • Francesca Muir March 29, 2016   Reply →

    Thank you xx

  • Valerie April 21, 2016   Reply →

    Lovely place, lovely animals and most of all lovely people who created this secret hide-away. Love to you both Valerie and Geoff

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