And the Living is Easy

If it was simplicity echoed by green plants and ceramics for Spring,

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this summer, I am wanting to express lightness and transience.

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At the village florist, I stood mulling over the colour blue.

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It’s not a colour I’ve attempted with flowers before.  But as summer is a time of conclusion and change for me, what better time to have fun, and try something new?

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So the blues came home with me.

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I’ve laid my table, I told Zen on Monday.

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Isn’t lunch on Thursday?  She asked.

Yes it is.  But when I am hosting, my mind slips into choreographer mode- lay things out in draft 1, leave it, return to the beginning ideas with fresh eyes to edit and grow the work.

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The next day, looking at my table in the morning light, I felt it needed more blue hues to soften all the white.

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I learnt something else at the florist.

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Because my vase is too tall, and the stems too short, cellophane can be added into the vase to help prop the plants up.

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What a clever idea!  You can repeat this with a glass vase as well.  As the cellophane is transparent, when water is poured into the container, nothing shows.

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Last night, I cooked Coq au Vin.

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It brought to mind my cousin B who served this to us over Chinese New Year.  It also brought to mind, my grandmother.

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My grandmother once said that with cooking a (new) dish, you need to do it at least 3- 4 times to really master it.

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As with many other things she had said, Popo was absolutely right.

And if the Coq au Vin proves inedible tomorrow?  No worries.  Pizza Express is a skip away.

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Ah, summer time; and the living is easy.

  • Chinoiserie-inspired (blue) bowls were found at Orchid, 604 King’s Road.

 

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