It has a name ! The way of flowing spaces together – enfalide: beads on a thread… rooms connected along a sequence of aligned openings through which the eye and the body can travel.  I discovered the term while researching the illustrations of Mark Hampton , such as the one above. ( see also the delightful […]

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Dancer’s feet

When I was a young dancer I spent hours drawing dancer’s feet. Just ‘en pointe myself’, I became fascinated by the arch, the gloss of the shoe, the pattern of the ribbons.  I traced and sketched, over and over. I would have been encouraged if I had seen how much Degas wanted to capture this. Graduation […]

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Cherry Winter

Here in mid winter New Zealand , a nice reminder that summer will return are the fruits that fall through my virtual window to the world. Last month I loved the strawberries appearing  in a plethora of blogs.  These arrived  from Carol Gillot at Paris Breakfasts,  all the way from Ile Saint Louis into my letter box ! On Fabulously French,  this […]

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Adobe here and there…

Hmmm… I think we are all being held to ransom somewhere along the chain of circulation of image content and the Adobe -i thing war.    Yesterday the ipad would not give me the option to replace cover photo on FB no matter what I tried.  Nor will the ipad allow me to upload images, even […]

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Fleur de lis





Fleur de Lis like capital – Musee Cluny ( author’s image)


This morning is misty and cool. I should be out collecting the last fall of walnuts. Another coffee and the sun may come out….

This morning French Essence posted pics of iris in A French spring. A comment made me aware that these are the base of the fleur de lis. Visually this is so obvious. But I, like many, thought the translation was lily.

As for most things there are differences of opinion for the origin … But I am convinced by the argument below.

” It was thus understandable that our kings, having to choose a symbolic image for what later became a coat of arms, set their minds on the iris, a flower that was common around their homes, and is also as beautiful as it was remarkable. They called it, in short, the fleur-de-lis, instead of the flower of the river of lis.” read more

The hills are alive

There is no doubt in my mind that a good Sound of Music quote can  help any situation.  A recent watch of the trailer on our newly acquired Apple TV had me singing around the house for hours and my husband muttering “well that was a mistake” … I wanted to share  a very good […]

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Interior health

I’ve been spending alot of time in health institutions lately, supporting several family members across the generations.  We are sharing the challenges of accepting that much of the hope of medicine, that it can alleviate discomfort, is based on a failry small repetoire of tests.  For some reason the afflictions in our world fall outside […]

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Scaled Down

You HAVE to make time to see this   article on Home New Zealand’s blog  about Scaled Down – a Christchurch company that creates miniature models of buildings which have significance to their client.  Especially precious for quake recovery. In particular, scroll down the article to the model of the tile roofed Cashmere house.   This […]

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In passing

  I am sustained by moments of beauty which I catch in passing   …   … although beauty is underwritten by pain and fear. (Andy Goldsworthy) I DARE to maintain such beauty and fragility while the earth continues to assert itself.    

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