Monthly Archives: March 2013

from the window

Inside looking out…two worlds, not that different really.  One just a more polished version of the other. We have chairs like this and green drumstools like this and we sat and sipped tea here and counted our blessings !  The serenity of … Continue reading

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sentinels

….down a lane.  Actually porticoes.  How magnificent ! Just the right amount of detail, scale that’s impressive but still human.  It’s taken a long while but I have  come to see  traditional Chinese architecture as humane because it tends to … Continue reading

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and then…

This was a surprise  – the  terracotta horses.  I hadn’t heard of them but they were very impressive, elegant and  lithe.  I am always touched by the sight, or the representation rather, of horses in war. We humans have some … Continue reading

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the warriors

At last I have stirred myself from my lethargy and reminded myself that i have a blog that needs some feeding !  I find facebooking easier – quick to do,  immediate response.  Ah, I’ve fallen victim to the modern malaise … Continue reading

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a longer view

A longer view.  Note the shutters.  I can imagine them closed tight against the elements or a disturbance.  It probably never happens but it is a tantalizing thought and a counterfoil to our modern penchant for ‘transparency’ in all things.  So un-Chinese … Continue reading

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the aesthetics of place

I will show you what’s behind those doors in due course, so to speak. Hang around.  I am, without doubt, hooked on this aesthetic. ciao

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ok…

Back from unfathomable China, profoundly enriched, spiritually speaking that is,  but not quite in harness again yet !  It will all come back to me I suspect. adieu for a moment more ..

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