Posts Tagged ‘Garden’

Bercy/Bibliothèque Nationale

Monday, June 12th, 2017

Off to explore a quartier which has greatly changed since we lived in Paris. The formerly industrial neighborhood is now home to a cultural-educational-flower-filled park edged with spiffy apartment towers, and the 19th century stone wine warehouses now accommodate shops and restaurants. It’s an easy walk across the Seine to the four controversial towering volumes of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, today packed with students cramming for the Bac.

October Idyll

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Despite looming deadlines, my husband and I finally celebrated our [August!] wedding anniversary with two days in Lewes, Delaware, strolling through the pretty town, hiking along the beach, relaxing and being dreadfully spoiled by the delightful owners of the beautiful Virden House B&B, whose garden I sketched.

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After a fall of snow

Monday, December 21st, 2015

In celebration of this shortest day, this longest night of the year, a poem by May Sarton, and a chair in the National Cathedral Bishop’s Garden, painted during a snowier winter than this one looks to be.

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Before going to bed
After a fall of snow
I look out on the field
Shining there in the moonlight
So calm, untouched and white
Snow silence fills my head
After I leave the window.

Hours later near dawn
When I look down again
The whole landscape has changed
The perfect surface gone
Criss-crossed and written on
Where the wild creatures ranged
While the moon rose and shone.

Why did my dog not bark?
Why did I hear no sound
There on the snow-locked ground
In the tumultuous dark?

How much can come, how much can go
When the December moon is bright,
What worlds of play we’ll never know
Sleeping away the cold white night
After a fall of snow.

—May Sarton

Vineyard View

Monday, January 26th, 2015

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Hanging Gardens of Marqueyssac

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

We spent the afternoon exploring the Jardins Suspendus de Marqueyssac, perched high above the meandering Dordogne with stunning views of the surrounding valleys, villages, farms, and cliffside fortified castles.

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Saturday adventures

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

Saturday means an adventure somewhere. But first, boring old chores. Even in France.

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Garden/rue Victor Hugo

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

From the street one doesn’t suspect the presence of this sunny retreat behind the house.

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Breakfast in the Garden

Saturday, July 13th, 2013

We are happily settled in the Maison des Peyrat, a delightful B&B in a renovated farmhouse on a sunny green hill above Sarlat. I think our room was once a stable, but we sleep on beds, not straw. Sitting peacefully beside the salt-water swimming pool, we can watch the cows in the adjoining field, yet after breakfast it’s an easy walk downhill to the busy center of Sarlat village, crowded with vacationers in this high season.

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Afternoon in the Garden

Sunday, June 23rd, 2013

A rare sunny afternoon in this cold soggy summer, so we spent it in the garden of La Chouette.

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Through Hills and Seas to the Universe

Friday, May 31st, 2013

I carved out some time on my birthday to sit in the garden, despite deadlines, mosquitoes and heat, to sit and sketch. It was quiet except for the chirping of birds (especially numerous in our tiny garden this spring) and the distant hum of air-conditioners along the alley. Even a short time spent among growing things is restorative. I share the sketch and this poem.

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The trees put forth luxuriant foliage,
the spring begins to flow in a trickle.
I admire the seasonableness of nature
and am moved to think
That my life will come to its close.
So little time are we granted human form in the world.
My eyes wander
over the pictures of hills and seas.
At a single glance
I survey the whole universe.
He will never be happy,
whom such pleasures fail to please!

—Tao Ch’ien

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