Saturday, March 12, 2016

PARROTS AND OTHER GOOD THINGS


Hello,
We've been to a Garden Expo...always fun.



Something for everyone..


I bought a new Salvia, some succulents, and two bromiliads.


And there were Bird Whisperers..


Look at that beak - I think that could do some damage...



The other day I had lunch with my girlfriends at French Twist..


after which we went to see Brooklyn...a sweet movie about an Irish girl who moves to the USA in the 1950s.

Wexford
She came from Wexford county, which just happens to be the area where we are going to our son's Irish wedding...


and some of those pretty Irish girls look just like our future DIL.




We have looked at lots of brightly coloured art from India, but I want to show just one more style, from the Warli people of the rural Thane District in Maharashtra, India.


Warli painting is rooted in traditions going back to 2500 BC,
and is elegant in its simplicity and neutral colour palette.


It is said that the Warlis did not have a written language, and their art served as a form of documentation.
Look at the detail of their village life.



Originally, this art form was practised by women using rice paste and a bamboo stick on the red mud and cowdung walls of their dwellings.


Contemporary artists Balu Ladkya Dumada and Rajesh Chaitya Vangad today paint their depictions of Warli stories and daily life on canvas with white acrylic paint - but the canvas is primed with the same mud and cow dung...

And no, it does not smell.



Doesn't Her Majesty look brilliant?
Here she was, this week, out and about.  
She turns 90 next month.
Fabulous.


It's been raining all weekend.
So unusual, we go outside and stare at it....
Seriously.

No wonder that lorikeet has turned upside down.


Happy Sunday, and have a good week.

XXXX










20 comments:

  1. Now that you mention it, we Aussies do stand and stare at heavy rain! Maybe because we rarely get that constant light drizzle that you can just ignore. Is everything ready for the Irish Wedding? How lucky you are to be going there. I'm feeling a twinge of travel envy!

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    1. We do indeed Val. A dramatic storm really deserves high quality staring, we think. Yes, arrangements are in place for the wedding, but nothing done on my outfit yet. I keep hoping I'll lose a few pounds first... We have booked our fares, and will have 10 days in London also.

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  2. Those birds are very exotic looking. I enjoyed all the photo's but you probably know the art is what really got my attention. Beautiful! Once again you have shown me something I haven't seen before and provided good information about it. I appreciate that.

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    1. I'm glad you liked the art Darla; I really like it too, and that it is so different from what we usually associate with India.

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  3. OH my goodness, your son will be married in Ireland, how exciting!
    I love the artwork from India and your explanation of it, thank you sharing this. Quite fascinating to me.
    And flowers and parrots AND the gorgeous photo of the Queen? I love it! (Did you see the movie that wrote of on my blog, sorry, can't remember if you commented, the one that was about Elizabeth and Margaret as teenagers going out at night on VE day? "A Royal Night Out". I loved it, but then, I do love the Queen, you know!

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  4. Such vivid, beautiful colors in this blog, Tricia.

    The Queen looks sensational in her sapphire blue, one of my favorite colors. The one thing I envy about the Royals is their access to travel, world events and meeting interesting people.

    The pansies remind me of home. Our neighbors always planted them in the spring. Pretty flowers.

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    1. Lots of tropical colours today. I love that deep blue too, and it looks great on HM. She can still wear strong colours despite her age. Cottage garden flowers will always win my heart :)

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  5. My mother, herself a senior, says it's important to wear color as one ages to look your best. I think the Queen & my mom are on to a truth!

    When I get home I'll have another look at the dress I wrote about on my blog and tell you how I think it's made -- can't play the video now without disturbing others.

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    1. Ha, yes, the seniors are right!
      Curious re that dress...

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  6. Patricia, the birds in your area are simply amazing! Such bright colors and so beautiful. I think I could sit and watch the Lorikeets for hours. I haven't seen Brooklyn yet. That was nice that you got together with your girlfriends and had lunch. The Garden Expo sounds delightful. I always love to stroll along the nursery and take pictures of the flowers and hummingbirds. The Queen does look nice in her blue outfit. :)

    Have a wonderful week, Patricia.

    love, ~Sheri

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    1. We always enjoy the birds - lots of white cockatoos around today, so have to watch my succulents. Those birds can be so destructive when amusing themselves.
      Yay for deep blue. xx

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  7. What a very enjoyable week. Those parrots are so lovely - very clever birds. The art work is interesting, of course pictures were always the forerunners of written alphabets, but I think the pictures are a much better way of telling a story. Beautiful work. And you must be on the countdown now - you must have mixed feelings about another child living overseas. That's the modern world.

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    1. So true re the art work, it provides a vivid look into the lives of these people. Although the wedding will be overseas, at this stage the happy couple will return to live and work in Australia. We saw them over the past few days, and we enjoyed Irish soda bread for the first time. Always good to learn another culture.

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  8. I could hardly believe those birds were real, Patricia. I certainly wouldn't risk that beak so near my own neck! Actually I wouldn't mind seeing HM clad in those colours, too. I don't think she's the type to be self effacing in her old age!

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    1. Yes, I can see HM in all those bright colours, Jenny. I read that a designer recently suggested a beige outfit to her, and if she gives it a try, it might well be a first! Apparently the idea is to stand out in the crowd, and it certainly works.

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  9. I could hardly believe those birds were real, Patricia. I certainly wouldn't risk that beak so near my own neck! Actually I wouldn't mind seeing HM clad in those colours, too. I don't think she's the type to be self effacing in her old age!

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  10. Every time I visit Sheri's blog I kept seeing those wonderful blooms in your top photo ... so just had to come and visit.

    What a lovely post I've just read, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thank you Jan, glad you enjoy our colourful flowers.

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  11. Flowers, parrots and art - a perfect combination, Patrica. I love the muted colours and wonderful detail of the Warli paintings.

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    1. Glad you enjoyed the Warli. The ancient white/beige combination and crisp detail make it look strangely modern. They could make money with this style!

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