Correspondances and inspiration (2)

March 28, 2017

Following my previous post, off we go further across South-East Asia,  thanks to the pictures sent by JB&FL. They have been flying over the Indian Ocean to one of the most interesting  and picturesque island to visit : Sri Lanka. Layers of sand, waves and water as far as the horizon. Are you ready to follow them ?

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Let’s start with a cool drink on a guesthouse balcony. Lush greenness all around. I imagine the birds singing joyfully, peoples’ voices coming up from the gardens and houses nearby. Sweet flowers scents and maybe just a light breeze. Inviting, isn’t it ?

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These wooden decorations and paintings made me immediately think of fabrics. Yes, you know my passion for quilting and materials. I searched in my various boxes of materials  for inspiration. I found some exotic pieces that somehow I think are related to these patterns.Photo 22.03.17 11 29 38Here they are : who knows what these fabrics will inspire me someday ?…DSC03633

What a majestic alley of tall, imposing trees that reminded me of a poem by Charles Baudelaire.

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“Nature is a temple where live pillars, Sometimes whisper confused words, Man walks across it through forests of symbols, Which observe him with familiar looks.”

Excerpt of the poem “Correspondances”. Underneath is  a view of a small part of the Toolangi Forest Center, Victoria, Australia. A wilder kind of temple of eucalypts.

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What a beautiful  and colorful sight ! So many spices and Ceylan teas  and oils and pretty looking wooden spoons and so much more from this faraway island. It  makes you dream and wish you were there. I can just smell it all ! Quick, let’s  prepare a meal I love for  its taste and all the scents that will be wafting  from the kitchen. Traveling can happen over short distances too;)

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Here is a favorite recipe of mine : sweet potatoes and  zucchinis sautés with some olive oil in a delicious blending of spices : shallots, garlic, ginger, curcuma, coriander, cumin. I added a tomato to get more juice.  Mix it all and… Bon appétit !  Tasty as can be.DSC03629

Traffic in town, pretty looking taxis, special architectural style in the buildings: by foot or in those sometimes overcrowded   buses, there are surely many interesting places and sites to visit.Photo 22.03.17 15 08 03

And when you are tired of the heat and pavement,  why not  enjoy some cooler moments in the magnificent Botanical Garden of Kandy, together with many schoolchildren and their teachers ? Who  do you think are the noisiest ones ? Birds or kids ? Joy is in the air for all, certainly.

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I was fascinated by these pictures of trees. Their strength, the soft look of their leaves, their intricate branches reaching far out, twisted and so artistic at the same time.Photo 23.03.17 14 20 42Let’s share these peaceful images to end this present travel that I hope you enjoyed as much as I did. Our next destination will be quite different. I look forward to show you some more pictures that JB&FL will generously and thoughtfully share with us. Thanks a lot to both of them and good luck for your next journey.Photo 16.03.17 17 03 52

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9 Responses to “Correspondances and inspiration (2)”

  1. Sybil Nunn said

    WOWSA. Lucky friends.

  2. Isa, these are lovely photos. The twisted limbs of the trees fascinates me the most. Your friends are so fortunate to afford a vacation to Sri Lanka. I’ve never been enchanted with islands or the ocean but I do enjoy the photos of it all.

  3. shoreacres said

    The consonance between the wooden decorative trim on the buildings and your fabrics is so apparent — and beautiful! The magnifient tree with the twisted limbs reminded me of our moss-draped oaks, although of course the lovely, swaying decorations aren’t moss, but part of the tree itself.

    I laughed at the little red taxis. They look like ladybugs darting about. They’d be fun to ride in, I think: depending, of course, on the nature of traffic in the city.

    These really are delightful posts. Thanks so much for sharing them. I’m looking forward to the next!

    • I am so glad you saw the consonance (nice word) between wooden decorative trim and some of my fabrics. The ladybugs taxis are fun burl not exactly in heavy traffic… Thanks for your comments always and have a pleasant day, dear Linda.

  4. Truels said

    I enjoyed the nice travel photos! Thanks to you for posting them. I’ve just been travelling in Cambodia 🙂

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