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Oooh, Shiny!

A few days ago I was bored with my usual walking route, so I decided to walk through the Healing Gardens next to the Lied Transplant Center. It’s a nice, calm garden area squeezed into the space between several buildings, with benches to sit on and enjoy the waterfall and the flowers. I hadn’t stopped in there in a long time despite the fact that I walk past the entrance quite often.

While there, my eye was drawn to a large copper bowl full of glass stones (Shiny Things!) and I discovered the whole thing was actually a kaleidoscope.



I love the originality of the piece. In such a beautiful and calming setting, it seems almost magical even before you look through the lens.



And then you do, and it’s even better:


(I’m kind of impressed that I was able to shoot a picture through the kaleidoscope’s lens.)

I have been thinking about how to DIY one for my own yard ever since. I think that could be a fun project.


Throwback Thursday: Wandering in Jane’s garden

Jane Austen’s House Museum posted this picture of Jane’s garden yesterday. I don’t think it’s too much to aim at making my backyard look similar. I’m not really hooked on the hedges, but those deep flower borders make me sigh.



The photo reminds me that when I visited England in 1996, this garden was one of the places that made me wish I had more time to just sit and soak it all in.  Here are few pictures of the garden I took then:

You can find more pictures of the house in my Flickr account.