I Bring You Flowers and Art


The florist's are selling their uplifiting spring bulbs already.
I really liked this watering can planter filled with pink Hyacinths.
The words on the can say:
La Vie en Rose
Bleu Ciel
Plein de Soleil

Seeing life through rose-tinted glasses
Blue Sky
Lots of Sunshine

That first phrase, is best described as living with an attitude or outlook of positivity.
Trying to see the beauty in the everyday,
rather like when you first fall in love!

On January 6th, which is the Epiphany, it's tradition to eat a Galette des Rois.
They come in different forms, but the most delicious one is made with flaky pastry
and a ground almond filling.
There is always a tiny 'king' statue or similar figurine somewhere in the filling.
The person who gets the slice with the tiny king gets to wear the crown
and is king, or queen, for the day!

We had a few light snowfalls at the beginning of the month
and after watching the beautiful flakes float lazily from the sky,
I noticed my little glass dish of marbles catching the reflections from
the crochet cloth below.

Early one morning, there were beautiful pink and blue colours in the sunrise
and I ran out on the end of my balcony to capture them.
Can you see the tiny bird in the distance flying high? 
It's very small, but if you click on the photo, you will see it better.

I set off for a walk to the higher part of my neighbourhood.
I love passing these tall poplar trees on the way.

The branches are still bare so early in the year, but look at that blue sky!

When I walk uphill for about half an hour, I can reach some fields.
They were quite muddy, so I only stayed at the edge to see the view on the mountains.

After a period of misty and fairly warm days, it became much colder again
bringing a big drop in temperatures, to about 2C in the daytime and below zero at night.
A few days of cold wind, blew the grey skies away and we are experiencing blue skies
and sunny days. It's so uplifting, don't you think?

A cheerful collage of yellow Primula flowers on my spring cloth.
Little sunshine flowers that remind us that days are getting longer and we shall soon
have gained a whole hour of daylight since the winter equinox on December 21st.

My deep red velvety Amaryllis gave me twelve beautiful big blooms
over a long period.
I love having these plants in my home over Christmas and the new year.

Now it is the turn of the pink striped Amaryllis.
It's so elegant and somehow feminine and delicate.
This is the very first bud.

Then a second one opened on the other side.

Here they are both together with two more buds to open up.

"Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees"
Lawrence Weschler

I've always enjoyed creating the abstract quality of subjects to concentrate on shape and colour,
and in this case, flow.

This is the brochure of a wonderful Van Gogh Alive art exhibition
which is on show in Lausanne.
I loved it so much that I went to see it twice!
If you are a Van Gogh fan, you will love this exhibition.

Here is Van Gogh's bedroom which he painted when he was living in Arles in 1888.

His beautiful Iris

The Almond Blossom which he painted to celebrate the birth of his nephew,
also named Vincent, to his brother Theo and his wife Johanna.
Theo was an art dealer in Paris.
He was a good brother to Vincent, encouraging him in his art and helping him financially.

This was one of Van Gogh's Starry Night paintings.
It looks slightly blurred because the images are moving with shooting stars.
I'm showing it because of the sheer and beautiful intensity of the the famous blue
that Van Gogh liked to use.

The self-portrait in this collage is one of my favourite ones he painted.

The manner in which this exhibition is presented is difficult to explain, so I'm including two links
for you to see for yourself. The first one is here

The second one is a longer YouTube clip is from the

I preferred the chosen classical music in Lausanne.
The whole show lasts for 45 minutes.

It's tragic that Van Gogh remained virtually unknown until after his death.
He died, far too young, at only thirty-seven
but he painted more than 2.100 works of art.

Some of Vincent's quotations were projected onto the walls and my favourite one is this:
" I dream my paintings and then I paint my dreams."

Thank you, Vincent Van Gogh, for painting your dreams and sharing them with us.

If you like Van Gogh's paintings, 
please go and see this immersive art exhibition.
You will come out of it transformed.

A New Year and Longer Days

Golden light for the grey days at the beginning of our winter!
This charming porcelaine candle-holder with bare branches and cheeful little birds
was given to me by a good friend at Christmas.
A touch of fairy lights and a pretty reflection in the polished wood of my sideboard.

When we were going through a series of grey days with wind and rain,
I thought it would be very cheering to take photos of the candle-holders
that have come into my life over the years.
This sweet house was given to me by my grandson a few years ago.

A fine porcelaine village scene with snow-topped houses and a church
and pretty pine trees.
Many of these photos were taken either in the early morning or late afternoon.

This is a flower-shaped faceted glass candle-holder.
The glass is neutral in colour, but it has taken on a red glow because of the red candle.

More faceted glass on a crocheted red mat and illuminating a beautiful snow scene
which is my son's Christmas card this year

A warm image created by a very pretty Swarovski crystal candle-holder
which my daughter gave me.
I made the three red crocheted little bells with silver edging this year.

I bought this Art Deco style glass heart-shaped container
from a Lausanne market stall many years' ago.
I like to fill it with some marbles and a candle and a muslin ribbon gave it a soft, flowing feel!
I have also used this little dish for homemade chocolates or biscuits. to serve to company.

This is the same glass dish in which we can see the glass stem, or stand.

I wanted something light and airy with a touch of gold to celebrate this first day of the new year.
The symbolic message I wish to share with this image is this:
Let's always rise above adversity,
 the flowing ribbons remind us to bring lightness and gaiety
into our lives and to nurture the child within us all.
The white candle makes me think of the white page in our book of life, 
waiting for us to write our continuing life story.
The flame of the candle shows us that whatever else is happening in our lives,
there is always a light shining somewhere to guide us out of the darkness.

For anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere, it's great to remember that right after the winter soltice. the days get longer by an average of 2 minutes and 7 seconds a day.
So that means between December 21 and December 31, we have gained 21.10 minutes of light!
Isn't that uplifting?

In the wise words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who recently died:
"Do your little bit of good where you are; it is those little bits of good put together
that overwhelm the world."

I wish you all a Healthy and Happy New Year
filled with light, warmth and kindness, especially kindness.