Special People, originally uploaded by Paradise in Portugal.

It’s very rare that I put my picture up on this blog and just as rare that we have Buddhist monks come to stay, (in fact it’s a first for both), but we had such a lovely time when these three were here last week that, with special permission, I’m posting this shot to show that it isn’t all birds, wine, weekend breaks and family holidays here at the Quinta; good times, yes, but sometimes there’s an inner peace that can best be gained by silence … Ajahn Sumedho, Tan Subhaddo and Dhammiko were relaxing here before running a 5 day retreat further north and it was a real treat for us to have staying in our home.