Sunday, 20 July 2014

Days 412-416-From Candle Light To Wood Fire


I still can't believe sometimes how long it has been since I first chanced upon the Abandoned House. It is of course hardly abandoned now but naming it thus reminds me of how it once was before life was brought back to what is now a sanctuary. 




From a place doomed for destruction to a space for creation, my personal belongings now mingle companionably with the Old Man's tools, books and effects. 


Candles burnt down to decorate old bottles, 


the kettle is almost always on the boil. 


It is now a home, constantly warmed with wood fire from makeshift hearths.


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I used battery operated candles for all my lights here.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Day 415- Painting Nature


When Nature fades, 
is there really no stopping the perish?


Can we not pick up our brushes, 
dip them in the most vivid of colours


and paint it back to life?


 No, not just life
But Immutable!
 Immortal! 
Immemorial life!

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Painting Nature was made this afternoon. This mini sculpture was done in about 2 hours. With a splitting headache from a terrible toothache, I knew I had to get my brushes out again so I could forget the pain.


Will you believe that the bouquet is in fact THE Bouquet , one of the blooming tea leaves from the flowering tea bundles? I hope your flower tea leaves will also inspire you to create something for your minis. If it does, I will really love it if you can show me?

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Day 414 - Of Friendships, Gratitude and Blossoms In A Pot


Flowers really speak to me. In the language of beauty, they conjure up stories, evoke memories,convey feelings.  Silently and in a single stalk, we can say I am sorry, I love you or I am really happy for you.


So I picked flowers again for my very belated anniversary presents (in December when I fell off the edge of blog-land)Balls of blossoms in a pot with names like Bliss, Bouquet, Eve and Angels.They were selected for you based on the history we shared, the significance in the name or the state I think you are in. 


When I was in Bangkok last week, I began to receive email from some of you telling me that you have already received my little bundles. 


I hope you have a glass jar or pot or any kind of transparent drinking vessel. You will want to watch the story unfold, trust me. Carefully place the ball of leaves in there before you pour hot water about 30-60 seconds after boiling. Then just put your chin on the table, let the tea steep and watch...


and you will start to hear my feelings, maybe even to a tune.

For the times you were here when I was not,
 for the times you shared when I was, 
for the times you thought of me, 



I thank you.


All over the world, dear friends, we are drinking our teas and thinking of each other, conversing without speaking. What is your flower tea saying today? Will you tell me? 

By the way, don't throw the tea leaves out so soon. Re-brew the tea leaving some water in the pot by adding fresh hot water, 2-3 more times. You can drink it all afternoon as you work on your minis. And of course, you can think of me that while longer. 

Monday, 30 June 2014

Day 413- Shambles


One of the consequences I had to face up for being away for so long was the sad state of my tribal house.


Almost everything was falling..


and apart.


I was gone so long other inhabitants have moved in 


and made their homes here.
Yes, the wasps were back, kicking and hissing.


Others lived to a ripe old age like this one who  was found very dead but still beautiful. 
I hope she was at least happy with her lodging.


Cleaning out the tribal house was my first task getting back to minis. 

Took me one day just to finish this room.

Even then, I swear I could still hear the hissing wasps...

Monday, 23 June 2014

Day 414- Late Bloom



I have had the most amazing few months but I have also been aching for my mini world.

Dear friends, just know that you are often on my mind, so much so that some of you might have even sensed them? In the last week especially, perhaps we shared faraway thoughts? Did you maybe feel my ardent albeit distant wishes? Little kisses in the breeze on your face? 

I have to go now but I won't be far. When the first of you let me know that you have received my little package, I will post again. 

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