It seems this tea shop has been open for about a year without me knowing about it…until yesterday. I found some little cookies to try and brought them home for tea with a friend. They say there are 300 varieties of tea here to choose from. Also there are tea pots, tea cups and more. You can sit down for a treat as well!
And this is their kitchen areaElizabeth and I chose my lily-of-the-valley cups for our English breakfast tea.
And under the plant lights, I found my small clematis in bloom!*****
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Things certainly change over time! Years ago I told friends that children weren’t going to change my life style. I would continue to travel and “simply” cart them along with us! That soon changed. Our first child, aged 9 days, went to Brazil with us – whereupon he developed stomach problems and needed surgery. Our lives changed drastically as a result.
A few years later…we are home owners with our little carpenter.
Similarly, in the garden I ridiculed those who planted shrubs and perennials unsuited to their growing zone. Why risk losing plants when there are many that do in fact suit the climate you live in? This was before garden addiction took over my life. I’m sure you too have seen the foolishness in your neighborhood: plants wrapped in burlap or chicken wire cages. Good grief! Gardens are supposed to be for beauty, aren’t they? Well, no. They are not only for beauty.
Gardens are often for the soul…and that means there are as many reasons for gardening as there are souls. That also means, in my case, that the gnomes, those silly burlapped beings, have now invaded my garden. Utterly ridiculous! Although I try to change my ways and grow more and more native plants, there are still those that tug at my heart strings, those I lust for that just might thrive if only with a little added “protection”.
Ghasp! This is today… Is it really me doing this foolishness?
I confess, it is me…. But, it seems to me that nature does some pretty funny things all on her own too. I think water sprouts on our crabapple look silly too. Lovely tree, and I will prune them next spring, but for now, I’ll be looking at this Mowhawk haircut for the winter months.
Things outdoors are almost all tidied up here. Amazing! If there were to be another clear warmish day, I’m sure I could find a few more jobs to complete, but basically everything I was worrying about is DONE!
The rain barrels both split in August and we really need new ones. That is a job that can wait though. A few outdoor paint jobs can wait for Spring as well. There are a few more bulbs to plant, but not a big deal that…
The gutters are all cleaned out, most of the leaves are mowed and ground up. Roses are caged and mounded, but a few more shrubs need to be done too. Just a few things need to be burlapped. The central path of the vegetable garden has been spruced up.
A few plant combos have surfaced and are appealing
Euphorbia with Clematis seed heads
Old dying lilacs were removed (all too easily!) and the clematis which grew on them now need supports. I’ll figure that out in spring!
(This is NOT a photo of lilacs!)
There are lots of beautiful things to see before the snow falls…like the milkweed.
And the reflections in the water have been fun too:
There’s even Christmas color too!
Tomorrow the rains and thunderstorms begin, then flurries.
It’s good to have rain before winter descends.
Day 1 in Malacca… a taste of the journey from Nancie Severs
Malacca Riverside House Art (China)
Malacca Riverside House Art (Portuguese)
The volunteers assemble: Wayta (China) TK (Hong Kong) Yan (China-Hong Kong) Rabi (Nepal), Nancie (USA) :
They are meeting in Malaysia as I type. To think of the many deployments…how different each one is! And yet, children are children…. This particular video touched me this morning. So far away, such a dramatically different culture, and yet the children have responses to the XO laptops that are delightfully similar from continent to continent, from country to country…
Nov 6, 2013
This is the short report of Bhutan’s Deployment on OLPC (One Laptop Per Child).
I am sharing photos and videos sent from Malaysia today. My son is participating in an OLPC conference in Malacca (spelled in various ways). While waiting for the opening day of meetings, several of the attendees are enjoying activities together…”stunning personal tours of Kuala Lumpur for 2 days in a row” I am told!
First of all, who is coming?
Some lovely photos and descriptions of attendees: http://www.olpc.asia/basecamp2013/whoiscoming.php#section-whoiscoming
T.K.Kang meets Adam Holt : The first meetup.. Adam Holt was walking to my directiion and I was walking towards his direction. At KLIA airport Malaysia.
“LOL… raining like hell here but I did not have an umbrella over my head when I sleep. Hint … bring an umbrella to basecamp. More fun incidents unfolding with the US+Austria gang in their hotel ….”
“We met up and went out to a farm before going to the deployment site.”
At the future deployment site they are letting the children have a taste of the XOs before they go on school vacation.Watch a few short videos of the kids exploring….
Part 1: Children are children.. anywhere. As usual they opened the XO faster than adults.
Part 2: They need a little help at times.
Part 3: XO pre-development test in an Orang Asli community:
Winding down the day beside the KLCC twin tower while we waited for Bernie who drove from Singapore to KL meet us immediately after landing in Singapore. What a way to end the site visit day! — with Adam Holt
The conference begins on Friday.
Cold and clear tonight, 19 degrees predicted here. I enjoy the clear nights and the brightness of the moon and stars! The cold though is just not my favourite thing.
You see, I have outdoor jobs that I want to finish and I need the ground to be soft for just a day or two more. I’d like to wrap the roses and mound them. I need to cage quite a few shrubs as well. I’d like to spread mulch around the base of the fruit trees… plant a few more bulbs too.
We have a workman here to do odd jobs for two days. He would like to replace some wood edging along the central path of our vegetable garden. He may find a day to complete this task yet, but painting the garage door will simply have to wait until next spring. Then too, there’s wood to cut up with his chain saw and then stored in the barn.
How nice that a deep hole by the barn was filled with soil. A bird house was cleaned out for spring nesting, some tall plants cut back and carted to the burn pile, a window sill was replaced. A window frame on the barn was nailed back up, a couple of storm windows installed on the veranda too. Some indoor projects were tended to as well: water taps no longer drip, a few window screens are fastened more securely. Maybe tomorrow I’ll have a chance to get some paint mixed up to match the spots that have been worked on: a new electric outlet, a window sill patch…. It is so satisfying when many small things are done all at once! (The cats are not amused. They have been in hiding!)
The closets are a bit of a mess, with clothes for many seasons all jumbled together. I need to get busy with that…
I’m a bit greedy though. Once these odds & ends are completed, I’d love a few warm sunny days to sit back and feel ready for winter’s onslaught!