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The challenge of deriving expressions of simplicity continues … deliciously so. The latest expression from the young chef is shortbread cookies but “with guava paste in the middle. I couldn’t help myself!” she said. All the various taste testers in the room gave her two thumbs up.

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at first it was hard to see

a robin

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Send a single packet of seeds through the mail enclosed in an envelope not much bigger than the seed packet.  Include a single slip of paper with words, to the effect of, I can’t wait to see how you photograph these.  That’s what my cousin did.  A simple gift of great encouragement.

It took me a while, I must admit, to plant the seeds in a cereal bowl.  I was lazy on occasion, not watering the dark earth and letting the top get so dry it seemed an errant breath would blow everything away.  But I did water, pouring on cups at a time and then walking away.

If you follow my blog, you know I grew impatient. I moved the bowl from room to room trying to follow the sun. But then, as happens often in nature, sprouts did appear and then stems and leaves and soon blooms.  Beautiful blooms.

I could have eaten them, you know. Violas are edible but now I too wanted to see what would happen over time.  The blooms made people who were visiting, who were perhaps not in a happy space, smile as they walked past the bowl.  And even I, who can on occasion not find the bright side, they too made me smile as the sun struck the purple and gold.

Then one day as I was sitting in a room staring at the white curtain lit by the sun, and thinking perhaps that curtain was a bit too sheer for that particular room, I was then struck by a new thought:  what a wonderful backdrop for Lorraine’s flowers. And that’s how this series of pictures was taken.

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An image taken through the rippled glass window of a neighboring house, tree and climbing vines.  In recent years I’ve been encouraged to print my photos much larger.  Be bold! This is an image that I would like to print quite large. It’s just a matter of selecting the right frame, or perhaps there should be no frame at all.

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The instructions say to plant seeds in a shallow dish and move as needed for best light. Instructions I can follow! Not sure how I’m going to serve up this first little harvest.  Maybe with slices of avocado and tomatoes on toasted bread rubbed with garlic.  Theoretically, this cress is a spicy herb.  We shall see. I’m not sure that I grow enough at a time to benefit from the nutritional value, but the simple act of planting a few seeds in a bit of dirt and watching the sprouts rise in the sun, that’s worth the effort alone.

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