Friday, 31 May 2013

shapeshifting in paradise

imagine a wild garden with twenty five ENORMOUS mango trees
[bigger than those oaks and buckeyes in California, to put them into perspective for those reading on the other side of the pond]
a rosa mutabilis, a persimmon, an abundance of citrus
ferns growing with weedlike vigour
bougainvillea, eucalyptus

Avril's garden was frankly heavenly and it was unalloyed joy to be in it for three days.

we worked on a beautiful porch
supervised by Winston

who sometimes found the responsibility exhausting

we had a quiet but curious visitor

who may have been attracted by the dressmaking tools
that were being made

[a whirled without string is a whirled in chaos]

i was introduced to the 'ice cream bean'
whose botanical name Inga edulis sounds like she could be Latvian :o)

there is fluffy stuff inside
which is fabulously delicious
the usual suspects
which opened up to

the 'shapeshifter' class really keeps me on my toes
because everybody arrives with different cloth
and their personal collection of pre-loved goodness
ready to transform 
it is my responsibility to make sure that everybody goes home happy
with something beautiful

the Dogs Above were kind

i wore my hoodie because it was cool
[i meant the weather, but the hoodie is too]
and that gave some people ideas

i usually frown on people bringing tumeric to class
but those yellow spots there
were from the home-grown variety
[curiously that fern print later oxidised to a golden brown]

 my grey cells had a lot of exercise
i had a very happy three days
thank you, everybody


  1. Serious lover of your blog, a considerable number of your blog posts have really helped me out. Looking towards updates!

  2. Sounds like a good time was had by all, extremely envious!

  3. shifting shapes is good for you. like oatmeal and maple syrup.

  4. Love the frilly dress. Don't usually like that style but with the natural colours it looks fabulous. Love to see it as a dress for an autumn bride.

  5. Going Vegan for the next several weeks.......that 'ice cream' bean looks delicious!

  6. Your travel stories are like a mini vacation from home. I never tire of reading them, and I really have learned quite a bit. Ice cream bean?!!!

    1. Bless you me dear...and yes the ice cream bean really tastes like its name, vanilla favoured !

  7. Bigger than the oaks & buckeyes is mighty dang BIG. What a lovely spot.
    And the Inga e. "ice cream" is just about the only ice cream I can eat ... fluffy? can you smuggle???

    1. Smuggling is very'll just have to visit gorgeous Queensland!

  8. Very interesting and wonderful photographs!

  9. Thank you for sharing your beautiful photos...they are very inspirational! Peace, Mary Helen Fernandez Stewart

  10. These photos ignite my senses.

  11. I have to ask a question...why is turmeric frowned upon? Just curious.

  12. Thanks India.... it was fun ...until next time ... cheers Wendi

  13. Dark wrapped bundles opening to splendour .... so much to love!

  14. India, I've been lurking around here for some time now and just had to say thanks. Your work is always a joy to me as is your writing. You are fun to visit.