Wordless Wednesday

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“… a thin stream of serenity”

Corten steel and glass entrance way to cottage garden, Bason Botanic Gardens, Whanganui, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Entrance to cottage garden, Bason Botanic Gardens, Whanganui, NZ. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Life is anything but tranquil at the moment, and I need a gentle reminder to slow down, worry less and notice more the beauty around me.

In Whanganui a couple of weeks ago I saw this rather imposing structure at the Bason Botanic Gardens. The words on it read:

“Through the trouble of this world there still runs a thin stream of serenity for those who seek it.” — Stanley Bason

In 1966, Stanley Bason gifted his home and farm of 25 hectares to the city of Whanganui, for the “creation of a botanical reserve.” He firmly believed that as population increased and urbanisation spread, people would need beautiful, open spaces in which to relax and escape the pressures of everyday life.

His generosity and foresight have provided the people of Whanganui, and visitors, with just that.

Silent Sunday

Made it myself. Sweet as

close up shot of plate with bread, plum jam and halved plum. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Home-baked bread, home-made plum jam, and fruit from the garden. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

“Sweet as” is a slang term in New Zealand for something that’s really pretty good.

I think my breakfast qualifies. I baked the bread, and made the jam from plums grown in our garden. And even if it wasn’t yummy (it was), I think I’d still get a “sweet as” for effort.

Daily Post Photo Challenge | sweet

Regular Random: five minutes (or more) in the artist’s studio

Claire Delaney, artist, illustrator and teacher at work on a portrait in her studio. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Claire Delaney, artist, illustrator and teacher at work in her studio. Image: Su Leslie, 2018

Another session photographing my friend Claire‘s studio. She was teaching a class, but until I have permission from the women attending to post images of them, here are a few of Claire and the minutiae of the studio.

Five Minutes of Random (the #RegularRandom challenge) is hosted by Desley Jane at Musings of a Frequently Flying Scientist.

If you’d like to join in:

  • choose a subject or a scene
  • spend five minutes photographing it – no more!
  • try to see it from many angles, look through something at it, change the light that’s hitting it
  • tag your post #regularrandom and ping back to Desley’s post
  • have fun!