images via google
October 31, 2009
Having grown up along the ocean I have always held a fascination with sea glass. The treasures in the sand were the blue ones. Royal blue was always my favourite but as the years pass by I am more and more inspired by the ones that reflect the colour of the sea. I collect them in little jars, bowls, bags and have even stooped to buying them. Heaven forbid! Either way they are an inspiration and I keep these photos tucked away for the day when I can use the colours again...
I don't know which I am more excited about, Diana Krall's World Tour or that Madeline Peyroux and Melody Gardot will be joining her. What a fantastic line up. They all have amazing voices that just carry you away. If you enjoy their music, check this out: http://www.dianakrall.com/tour.aspx If you are not familiar with them then I urge you to go to http://www.apple.com/itunes/overview/ and sample their music. You won't regret it!
Images via Google
October 30, 2009
I woke up this morning thinking of geraniums.
We lived in Connecticut and had a window where the sun streamed in all winter.
I filled it with geraniums. They were beautiful.
You could be playing outside in the snow on the coldest of days
and there they would sit, in the window, in all their glory.
Spring is in the air as I fondly remember my window box of geraniums....
image created by me in Florence
Ever have that first bite of a meal when you know that you are about to have the most wonderful taste sensation? The kind that makes you take a deep sigh and just say 'wow'? The kind that makes you so excited that you want to share the experience with everyone at your table? Well, this happened to us yesterday at Pendolino in Sydney. The dish is called SPAGHETTIA CHITARRA CON PESCE D'ACQUADOLCE with freshly-made Chitarra Spaghetti (saffron infused) with Barrumndi, Wild Prawns, Chilli, Capers, Garlic and Pinot Grigio White Wine. I love Italian food and this was devine. If you live in Sydney, intend to travel there or know someone who is ....tell them to make a reservation at Pendolino (www.penodolino.com.au ). Squisito!
images from Pendolino website
October 26, 2009
I am posting this just for the fun of it. I was in Rangiroa, French Polynesia. I had all the essentials with me that day....my camera, my ipod with my favourite song by Nina Simone 'My Baby Just Cares For Me' playing in the background, my journal, books, magazines and and a beautiful sunny day behind me. What do you do at a time like this, when you just don't want to move? You take advantage of the situation. Feet up... camera poised at the glass window in front of me and voila...you have a picture.....it was a moment in time and it was perfect!
Image created by me in Rangiroa
It has been ten years since I have lived in New England but no matter where I am I still feel the weather at this time of year. It's in my bones. Spring is in the air in New Zealand but I always think of Autumn and the chilly days of October first. There can be no better time of year with the anticipation of Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. Let the festivities begin!
Images 1, 2 and 4 created by me along Cape Ann,
Image 3 from www.Marthastewart.com
I love these photos. My friend Mary has a beautiful home in Nantucket, the sort of home you never want to leave. We had just sat down at the end of a glorious summer day. The table was set, the wine was being poured and I thought it was one of those moments in time that needed to be remembered with a photo. I am so glad I did as it has brought me years of enjoyment.
Images created on a summer's day in Nantucket.
October 25, 2009
October 24, 2009
It is funny how one thing can lead to the next.
I popped into the local libary on Friday to see what was new and interesting.
I came across 'THE BOOK THAT CHANGED MY LIFE-
by Roxanne J Coady and Joy Johannessen. '
A quick flick and I new this was going to need more time to take in.
It has been like taking a journey into my past....Marjorie Morningstar,
The Catcher in the Rye, The Count of Monte Cristo, Atlas Shrugged,
A Room of One's Own, Hemingway's Collected Stories,
To Kill a Mockingbird, Jane Eyre, The Great Gatsby
and A Tree Grows in Brooklyn to name a few.
It is funny how we get so caught up with the latest books
that we forget that there were so many great ones before them.
I tried writing them down once, all those books going back 30 odd years
and found it a mind boggling task. I have enjoyed this book
and what the writers have had to say. I have now discovered
a great little book store in Madison Connecticut, RJ Julia Booksellers.
Not close but...I have registered for their newsletter,
checked out their blog and am happy to have found both.
Now, back to the library to see what's next...
image from http://www.rjjulia.com
There are so many wonderful things to do and see in New Zealand. As we now shift into departure mode I can not help but think of the places we have been. One in particular is Blanket Bay on the South Island of New Zealand. It was a 'weekend away' for us and it was just beautiful. These few photos manage to say it all.
images created by me...
Blanket Bay, New Zealand
|Paiting and Poetry...to a blog.|
As an expat, you learn to live
with saying goodbye
and the feelings that overwhelm
you with each move.
It starts with the family and friends
from your home country
and then it is for the
friends and countries you have
lived in and left behind.
The 'feeling' reaches in
and sits heavy on your heart.
I felt the best way to 'let it all out'
was to create a painting
representing everything I felt.
It was a challenge,
as I had never painted before.
Finding an art studio
and an art teacher to help me
set my ideas onto canvas
was no small task..
but I did it.
As I progressed,
I discovered many things about myself
and through the months
I slowly began to feel at ease
with my new home.
The images and words
in the painting above
represented my feelings
about 'home' ...in New England.
I called on poets,
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,
Robert Frost, Emily Dickinson
and used their words as inspiration.
A few free word associations came about.
"A boys will is the wind's will"
written in "My Lost Youth" by Longfellow
" A women's will is the wind's will"
Other words written into
Return the traveller to the shore.
Often I think of the beautiful town
that is seated by the sea,
And my youth comes back to me.
A women's will is the wind's will.
I took the road less travelled by
and that has made all the difference.
A Quiteness Distilled.
Shape the thoughts that stir within.
It was 2003,
and I named the painting 'Collage of Life'.
when I started to write outside my journal,
it seemed a natural for the name of this blog as well.
Another outlet to
shape the thoughts that stir within.
Welcome to my first blog post on
Collage of Life.
Collage of Life
by Jeanne Henriques
by Jeanne Henriques