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.


  1. Thank you for this lovely post with fab pictures and the Van Gogh info.

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

    1. Thank you. Sarn, for popping in with a friendly comment!

  2. Ciao Sandra, it seems that we have the same weather in this period. Your flowers are beautiful. I have never had an amaryllis, but I like to have primulas. Van Gogh reminds me my exam as a young student at the high school. I talked about "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon". And one of my cousins that likes painting, gave me " The Almond Blossom" a few years ago... Sometimes it seems that everything comes back...
    Thank you for let me do this leap into the past :-))
    Have a nice week dearest,

    1. So happy, Miriam, that seeing Van Gogh's paintings here reminded you of the lovely Almond Blossom image from a cousin. It's one of my favourites too! I also love the Iris flowers. Van Gogh used such beautiful rich blues!

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  4. Very beautiful post ! And great info about Van Gogh...

    1. Thank you, Lasse. Always so nice to see you here!
      If you get the opportunity, I think you would enjoy the immersive art exhibition with Van Goghs' beautiful colourful works of art!

  5. Your beautiful post made me feel that spring is coming even though we had 8 inches of snow on Sunday night, Sandra! I love the photo of the marbles and also the pink sky--really so soft and lovely! The primrose looks so pretty on your spring crocheted piece, too.

    I'm sure the Van Gogh exhibits were most interesting. I had no idea he died at such a young age... Enjoy this last half of January ♥

    1. Thank you, Carol, for coming in to say hello. It's still very much winter here too, though there haven't been any snowfalls for some time. The days are cold and crisp and the skies have been blue with lots of lovely sunshine!

      The Van Gogh immersive exhibition was beautifully done. I went twice!

  6. That exhibition sounds wonderful - I wish I could see it! I've always loved the piece Café Terrace at Night. It just pulls me in.

    Your winter flowers are so beautiful, as are the mountain views from your walk. Wishing you many more sunny days!

    1. So nice to see you pop in again, Sue. Yes, the Van Gogh experience was amazing! If it comes your way, you should try and go!
      We've been very lucky with plenty of sunshine and blue skies days, even though the temperatures are still low. I love to have flowering plants in my home in January. The Amaryllis flowers have been gorgeous!

  7. That pink, cloudy, sunrise is beautiful. I see that bird, which is a dot in the photo.

    The amaryllis shots are wonderful. Looks great on your blog header.

    My favorite Van Gogh painting is the Starry starry night. I really like swiriling of blues for the sky.

    Have a lovely day.

    1. Well done for seeing that high flying bird in the pink sunrise! My Amaryllis flowers have been so beautiful. Glad you like the one on the header!
      The Van Gogh exhibition was wonderful. I love his Starry Night as well. His blues are amazing!

  8. Hello Sandra! It's been a while since our last visit. We also went to the Van Gogh exhibition last year, and absolutely loved it. Thanks for the reminder of how beautiful his colors were and still are today.

    1. How lovely to see you here! I'm so glad you saw the Van Gogh Alive exhibition! It was indeed wonderful.