Living in Pasadena now for a year and there are many things I love here - namely the trees, and my daughter of course. Seriously, sometimes we are on our way somewhere, and suddenly find ourselves gawking - saying "the trees, the trees". Every week I particularly look forward to a visit to the Huntington Gardens. We are members, and get to go early in the mornings, when Lucy's on holiday she comes too. It's often just us and the gardeners. I have discovered the perfect spots to do warrior and sun salutations and side legs and twists and finally abs and meditation in the zen garden. Lucy joins a bit and sketches. I walk and photo foliage and get inspired for my next print.
Who wouldn't be inspired by this beautiful place - right?
Last week a lovely day was spent with our farmer friends in Bali.
We visited the resting fields, then went to Dek’s house and the rice toss
. Next a brief stop was made to meet the young owls and talk with their trainer.
These cute owls were discovered in the roofs of the village government buildings, and are now being trained to catch mice in the rice fields (soo cute!/aww) - they’re definitely going to have fun hunting for their supper!
Finally we went back to the house to load up our truck with the 100 bags of Uma Wali organic heirloom rice to bring into town.
In the coming season, the whole valley is joining our grassroots renewal of the Subak - the centuries old balinese organic farming technique that strives for harmony in community and nature.
Nothing beats husking heirloom rice than the traditional rice toss method. The older village women who've been doing it since they were young are so skilled and bring the husk to the surface with fluid movement.
Andrea tried it too and those years of ballet training weren't any help in the getting the rice to swirl smoothly and effectively...
Thank you Vanessa for including us in your great blog post about island style umbrellas. Love it!
June 18, 2013 in BAHA STYLES, COASTAL COVET, Slider by Vanessa
In addition to palm trees, boat canvas canopies and wide brimmed straw hats, there is the outdoor umbrella. What is considered to be a summer essential in some parts of the world is a year-round essential here, in The Bahamas. You can think of this as a round-up of said umbrellas or a guide to defining your outdoor style. Whatever you deem it to be, I have no doubt you’ll a find shade under which you can enjoy your summertime libations.
1. Hand selected by Jennifer Treco, owner of Seaglass Interiors. With this classic outdoor umbrella you’ll be seeing square and clean lines beautifully defined by a touch of green. Available on JANUS et Cie in 8′ or 10′. (Price Upon Request)
2. LOCALLY available at Kelly’s House & Home in assorted colours this 9′ Wood Market Umbrella will never go out of style. Available in cream, red, blue or green. ($85.99)
3. Bahama rays meet Balinese inspired shade with this patterned outdoor umbrella. LOCALLY available at the Island Store in the Old Fort Bay Town Centre – Nassau, New Providence. (P, M, L – $125.00, $375.00, $650.00). From zen zen, this is available retail on zenDeluxe.com
4. Giving new meaning to the term “fringe benefits” this traditional Balinese temple umbrella is sure to give you maximum shade with dimensions reaching 70′. Available at Zen Deluxe. ($292.00)
5. Take your “beach balls” poolside with this chi chi pom-pom trimmed umbrella and block the sun in style. Available in black, yellow and grey at Bellamee. (159.00)
6. Classic stripes in black and white are always a safe bet. Available at Z Gallerie. ($249.00)