bringing bamboo in

I love bamboo. I really do. There is a row of bamboos growing between our driveway & our neighbour's. I will have an endless supply little twigs of bamboo for bringing in. Free foliage, yay !

They are so gracious, light & airy, they're really inspiring. They inspired me this photo below. It hasn't been retouched, only resized.

I hope this short post finds you all very well. Things are slowly but surely falling into place here, we're working on routines for everyone (but not too much neither, hey !), but I haven't found my way back to sewing, embroidering, dyeing, painting or anything creative just yet. I think there are only two or three boxes still to empty, but other than that, we're pretty much completely settled.

I have started thinking seriously about what we could actually have in our garden. I never realized there was so much planning ahead, so much research before even thinking about getting plants or shrubs or sowing flowers. Please don't be too hard on me, I've lived the last 17 years of my life in apartments !!! I'm not notorious for being a green thumb ! But I'll work hard for it to change !

ox

Sonia

you can make something beautiful from the broken pieces

I already blogged this photo six years ago, but I thought you'd like to see it today in case you've never seen it.

It was a little free form, jigsaw-inspired shape made of broken mussels pieces, that I had collected on beaches back then. I specially love the pattern on the piece on top of the photo.

A little blue inspiration for you today ... which I hope is a good day !

xo

Sonia

beauty in decay // daffodils

A week ago I was showing you a photo of the daffodils (in a pot) that I had bought earlier & that was bringing me great joy. I had to cut some of the heads that had dried, to let the other blossoms have their chance to live. I couldn't bear though to throw them to the bin. They had that special, papery texture, that made them look eternal, like frozen in time. So I decided to keep them, and put them in a handmade raku bowl, bought near Dignes-les-Bains, during our summer vacations 2013. I like (nope, I love, erm nope again, I adore) bringing back a handmade ceramic from each of my trips (near & far), this way, they hold a special memory. (maybe I should repost these blog posts from back then, what do you think ?)

A small way to meditate on impermanence, and on finding beauty in all things imperfect. Wabi-sabi indeed.

Don't they still hold so much beauty, colors, textures, movement ... they're even more poetic.

Unrelated but related northless (by Japanese culture), I wanted to share two little videos. I'm listening a lot of Koto music these days. Koto is a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument. You can see it below.

In the other video, you'll be able to listen to "Moss Garden", a song by late David Bowie & Brian Eno, 1977.

Very relaxing & soothing music. Or at least to me it is.

Wishing you a serene week. Thanks for visiting.

xo

Sonia