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August ramblings

August 10, 2019

hard to believe – it’s August 10th – I’ve been missing from these pages

but, life has been busy

another day in Beacon Hill Park – this time with my friend Mary

this border is spectacular – (think she is swearing at me, she doesn’t like her picture taken!)

the planning for colours, the repeat pattern and the variety of plants is impressive

 an area that includes formal gardens, grassland, ponds and lakes, mature forest – and the petting zoo!it is meticulously maintained

open and free to everyone including the peacocks, ducks, turtles, nesting eagles and blue herons

locals and tourists, kids and dogs

and of course flocks of Canada geese

it is the perfect place to spend a few hours and a photographer’s delight

there are greenhouses and a plant nursery tucked away in one corner

even a cricket pitch and clubhouse

love the shape of these leaves – could they make a tapestry design?

and finally a tapestry is finished

the sun is shining on all the loose ends – still a few hours of work to do

the back with the ends stitched in and trimmed

woven with handspun wool, cotton and silk, colours are all natural dyes

measures 7″ X 7″ (17.8 X17.8 cm)

my first attempt at a Kirsten Glasbrook style tapestry collage

Japan – bamboo, a Noh mask, ginkgo leaf

and the kanji kokoro – literally translated as heart

but with many subtle meanings – mind, spirit, love, desire

Alex Kerr writes in Another Kyoto

“Because it carries with it so many levels of history, each kanji is surrounded by a radiating rainbow of meanings. It stands for something that is larger than just a normal word.”

no wonder gaijin (foreigners) struggle with the nuance of language and interpretations

9 Comments leave one →
  1. August 12, 2019 3:05 am

    Wow–you are progressing so quickly and well with the tapestry weaving! A lovely post . . .


    • August 12, 2019 7:38 am

      Kerry – thank you, I enjoy the slow pace of tapestry weaving and the use of many colours in one piece.


  2. August 10, 2019 4:57 pm

    There was something energetic and organic about the back with all the loose ends, like the root system of something. But the front is very lovely, much like that wonderful garden. I especially love the border with Mary in front of it, and the sculptural leaves of the ricinus.

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    • August 10, 2019 5:01 pm

      Kate – a person has to be energetic to deal with all those loose ends. Mary’s border is spectacular this year and thank you for the ricinus name, I was too lazy to look it up.


      • August 10, 2019 5:36 pm

        Ricinus communis, the caster oil plant. It’s beautiful, but poisonous. Love the bronze/ pink/ green shades blending


      • August 10, 2019 11:05 pm

        Kate – thanks, I remembered the caster bean plant but not the botanical name. Should have remembered ricin, one of the most deadly natural poisons known to man. I try to study up on poisonous plants so as not to use any when natural dyeing, you never know – even the steam when simmering them can cause harm.

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  3. claire93 permalink
    August 10, 2019 1:05 pm

    that was “gorgeous” – should have checked spelling before I submitted lol


    • August 10, 2019 2:36 pm

      Claire – all spelling mistakes humbly forgiven – I know the problem, my fingers work faster than my brain. Mary and I have been friends and at one time next door neighbors for 20+ years, comfortable to spend time together.


  4. claire93 permalink
    August 10, 2019 1:05 pm

    a gprgepis tapestry, and thanks for letting us join you on your walk with Mary ^^


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