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June 09, 2009


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roses philippines

This is place so interesting! i really wanted to go there soon,i like it. Will certainly visit your site more often now.


C. Gay McVey

What a delight it was to revisit Rancho La Puerto thru your photos and comments. After I retired from the military in 1993, I treated myself to a week there to help me transition back to "normal civilian life". One morning very early after a refreshing hike, I stopped to eat breakfast by the pool, and visited with a delightful native looking woman breakfasting with her children and grand children. She inquired about my well-being and so knowlegably answered my questions about the native plants and we talked about my experience at The Ranch. She talked at length about her philosophy of life and how she believed each person must strive to fulfill their personal destiny but keep serenity at the core of their being.Weeks later, after reviewing the Rancho La Puerto brochure photos,I realised I'd had a close and intimate discussion with Deborah Szekely owner/creator of Green Door and Rancho La Puerto.Your photos brought back terrific memories of the great beauty, food,companionship and activities I experienced there. Thank you!


Oh, another garden destination to go on my life list! Our hardy jasmine (Jasminum x stephanense) is just knocking it out of the part at the moment, didn't seem to mind the hard winter and I am making excuses to be outside near it, especially in the evening.


Your description of the place made me want to visit it and plant jasmin in my garden. Thank you!

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