We've been practicing social distancing and staying very close to home these past few weeks. The plan was to tackle house chores and various projects while working at home. However, the fact is that not much is getting done despite having more time on our hands than usual. It's easy to feel overwhelmed right now as well as frustrated with all that is not going as usual, but I'm trying to be kind to myself in these complicated times and I pray that you are doing the same. Let's help each other through this...
Stay safe, stay healthy, and stay connected. (^.^)/
(This is from a walk we took several days ago. Ah, it was so refreshing to be out and about.)
In February, we visited Awaji Island for a few days. The weather did not cooperate but no worries, we still found plenty of things to do. One highlight was a visit to Kiseki no Hoshi no Syokubutsukan (Miracle Planet Museum of Plants) for their 20th anniversary exhibition of orchids. The exhibition was stunning - a bit overwhelming, in fact. The range of colours, shapes and sizes was almost unbelievable and I think I said WOW in front of just about every arrangement! Below is one of the many photos I took while I was there. If you'd like to see more, view Gallery 8 on the PHOTOS page. (One of the limits of this website is that I can't add a photo gallery to a blog post.)
I was fascinated by this handle which was on a small standing structure on the grounds of Matsunoo Taisha Shrine in Arashiyama, Kyoto. It was surprisingly small and I loved the care given to the design - those two symmetrical dragon heads and the lovely scales on the main section. I wonder about who designed it and who made it (the same person?), and what considerations where made during the process. Ah, so beautiful... Thank you, whoever you were! (I image it is quite old but, to be honest, I don't really know.)
Spring is most definitely in the air! There are flowers around, of course. The plum blossoms are in full bloom and various camellia trees are as well. However, it's a delight to stubble across something unexpected, like this phox that was growing among the rock work fronting a grand house nearby. I can't wait for spring to really be here!
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