Friday Photos: IChing No.44 Coming to Meet

23 Jun

Airport, ball park, Hawaii, London, restaurant, convention…

Book Review: Miramont’s Ghost

20 Jun

For my previous book review, I chose Matilda Empress because my niece is featured on the cover.

I chose Miramont’s Ghost because the author ‘Elizabeth Hall’ grabbed my attention. ¬†Elizabeth being my middle name and Hall being my maiden name…I answered to ‘Elizabeth Hall” for over 30 years….no I am not the author….I like seeing my name on the cover ūüôā

Miramont’s Ghost is historical fiction. ¬†Most of the narrative is set in France in the early 1900s (before WWI). ¬†It concludes at Miramont Castle in Colorado. ¬†One theme dealt with the dilemma of Adrienne’s clairvoyance which disturbed her family and the community. ¬†Later in the book, Adrienne pivots, realizing her insights could/should solve problems rather than “be the problem”. ¬†This was a history subject I was not familiar with. ¬†I enjoyed the drama revealed in this book.

Friday Photos: IChing No. 15 Humble

16 Jun

Paul Hayes USMC WWII,
tank driver, Purple Heart recipient with his wife Ruth (2012)

What’s blooming in the Moon Garden?

6 Jun

Oak Leaf Hydrangea

http://www.hgtv.com/outdoors/flowers-and-plants/flowers/create-a-moon-garden

Campanula, EH Frost

http://www.perennials.com/plants/campanula-poscharskyana-eh-frost.html

Iris, tulip and peony blooms have come and gone.

Friday Photo: IChing No.32 Duration

2 Jun

 

Sometimes it helps to refer to Wilhem’s translation of the I Ching Hexagrams…No. 32 Duration…”The way of husband and wife must not be other than long lasting.” (p.545). ¬†A 60th wedding anniversary absolutely qualifies! ¬†Mom and Dad are going for 75!

Friday Photos: IChing No. 59 Dispersion

26 May

The most beautiful examples of “dispersion” (I can think of) are the stunning Chihuly glass sculptures displayed through out public gardens. ¬†These photos were taken in Dallas in 2012.

For more examples of “dispersion” of art in the garden:

http://www.chihuly.com

Book Review: Matilda Empress

23 May

 

I judged this book by its cover!  It features my niece (one and the same with my previous post)!  Not only was she best in her class, but also a fashion model during high school working in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Seoul, Cape Town, Singapore and more.

Matilda Empress is historical fiction from an obscure period of British History. ¬†Matilda was the daughter of Henry I and mother of Henry II. ¬†The narrative is elegant with elaborate details of the days and times of 12th century England and Europe. ¬†Descriptions of clothing, meals, medical treatment, religious customs/beliefs and more…evoke an appreciation of the life and times.

The author does a lovely job introducing each chapter.  I needed more information.  I was lost a few times.  I recommend reviewing (then referring to) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Empress_Matilda  to follow the story which closely follows the historical time line.

My favorite character is Greta, Matilda’s lady’s maid… for her devotion, dedication and resourcefulness during decades of service.

 

Friday Photos: IChing No.9 Taming the Power of the Small

19 May

David Hinton’s translation is ‘delicate nurturing’.

My niece, twenty years later, BEST in Class

Kiwi for gardening

16 May

Yesterday, we were pleasantly surprised to find potted “Hardy Kiwi” for $12 at Cox’s Plant Farm. ¬†I thought kiwi grew on trees like apples or cherries. ¬†It is a vine that prefers a trellis to support perhaps 100 fruit. ¬†We’ll let you know how we did.

http://ediblelandscaping.com/careguide/Kiwi/

 

From Houzz: Incredible home design from Japan

10 May

Amazing solutions to constraints!