WHAT IS WABI-SABI?
Sabi by itself means "the bloom of time." It connotes natural progression-tarnish, hoariness, rust-the extinguished gloss of that which once sparkled.
so you can see, and feel, them all.
Has everyone out there tried the new purple cauliflower? It really is delicious, especially when eaten raw and dipped in a little ranch dressing.
There was a scientific study done on this mutant strain. Purple cauliflower provides a huge amount of antioxidants to help resist disease.
Eat up...it is super good for you!
The orange version is pretty cool too. Isn't it great to see new varieties of things coming on to the market? There was funding given to farmers awhile ago to encourage a greater variety of fruits and vegetables.
Any brightly colored fruit or vegetable will have higher levels of good things in them. Plus it is just fun to have such vegetables as bell peppers available in a rainbow of colors.
I thought this was an interesting medallion. Anyone want to guess what it is?
(Answer at the end of this post!)
How about another guessing game: Guess what we were doing when I shot this picture of a blue grass jam session.
While you are trying to guess the answers...here's the new planter edging in the garden, made from the "vintage" ashlar cut stones. We were thinking rounded form, and specifically away from touching the house.
The stones were delivered and completely set up by "the crew" before we even knew what was happening. We'll make do with the square shape, but B. will have to dig out the back of the planter and seal the wall against water damage.
Magpies are regularly hanging out in our area now. The robin's eggs had hatched and we could see babies being fed, then suddenly the nest was abandoned. We suspect the magpies might have had something to do with that.
They are pretty birds, but they do have a bad reputation...
The wall originally was a couple of wooden boards, and the stair steps just weren't there at all. Bernie selected the silver and greenish natural pavers to make a path through the gravel. A brick walkway still skirts the edge of the stairs, it will be easy to shovel it clear in winter.
After the crew was done, and the weekend came... Bernie began to build.
All the materials were found on the property. Very wabi sabi. (I'll explain that in another post.)
The word "bonsai" simply means potted. The artistry of the plants takes years to be developed. We have learned so much via this hobby, or I should say, I have learned a lot by watching and listening to Bernie as he ponders his plants and plans their training.
On a trip to New Orleans Bernie and I were walking down a street in the French Quarters, and both of us glanced at a display of framed photographs in a shop window. We walked about a quarter of a block more before we looked at each other, and turned back to show each other the same picture that had caught our eye. We decided to buy it on the spot; it caught the mood of the French Quarter that pleased us most: a misty foggy morning before anyone is up and about. The lone cat sauntering home in the mid ground of the picture sealed the deal for us.
I can't wait to visit New Orleans again. Especially during the Christmas season...anytime in December it is just the best!