Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Christmas and the New Year

A wintery Hello after a long silence......


    After many  new babies (great nieces and nephews)  and family celebrations throughout the summer.... Winter is here.  We celebrated  our second  Christmas and the New Year in our new home.  We've had several family gatherings this holiday season.  But now the decorations have been stored away.   Here's a bit of our decorations. .... I have an active Instagram account now. Apologies if you may have seen some of these pictures already!!!

      Christmas is the time to let out my "inner Scandinavian".  My husband is a good sport!!   I adore anything made from straw, linen and wood with a Nordic touch.












I hope you enjoyed your Christmas time and will have a lovely 2016.  From my chilly, wintery university home,   Anne and family xx


Thursday, April 30, 2015

Flowery April

Some lovely flowers from the forests, nature center and green house.....


Too early to plant any flowers/ vegetables here. The evenings are still quite chilly. So, in the meantime, enjoying the beauty and bounty of Mother Nature. Happy May Day (tomorrow)!!! What flowers have you enjoyed this April??!!

from my university city home.........................Anne xx

Friday, March 8, 2013

Not your average basket

It's been a lovely sunny week. No snowstorms in my area of Michigan. My husband and I had a day out on Wednesday.  One of the things we wanted to do was visit the Dennos Museum Center in Traverse City.  From 22 February through  2 June, there is an interesting exhibit of "Contemporary Japanese Bamboo Art." There are less than 100 professional bamboo artists living in Japan today.
Seventeen artists were represented in the exhibit.

Pattern of Wind  by  Uematsu Chikuyu



"Sound of Wind" by Uematsu Chiuyu




There are over 1,400 different varieties of bamboo in Asia, more than 600 species grow in Japan.


This piece uses arrow bamboo. This bamboo was used for samurai arrows.


Thanks to my hb for taking the photos. Happy International Women's Day to all my blog readers!!
There are more photos on  Flickr. You are most welcome to stop by there and see more of these amazing pieces of bamboo art.

Happy Friday.......

best wishes, 
Anne