Hydrangeas, and more hydrangeas

Salamanca Road, Karl Maughan, collection of Waikato Museum, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2020

I love hydrangeas. I also love the paintings of New Zealand artist Karl Maughan, whose work so often depicts lush and verdant gardens.

I was quite excited then to see this work, Salamanca Road, amongst the new(ish) acquisitions at the Waikato Museum in Hamilton.

Detail, Salamanca Road, Karl Maughan, collection of Waikato Museum, NZ. Image: Su Leslie 2020

#fridayflowers, also the Ragtag Daily Prompt | paint

Fringe

Image: Su Leslie 2020

I’m not a “fashion” person. My wardrobe only contains clothes that I’m comfortable wearing (physically and morally) and could best be described as utilitarian (less kindly as dull).

Except when it comes to scarves (and coats, but that’s a whole other session on the analyst’s couch).

I buy scarves the way I buy art; and for the same reasons. This one came from a work trip to Wellington about 30 years ago, when a male colleague and I found ourselves with time to spare before a meeting. I dragged him into a department store (ignoring the muttering that his wife never made him go shopping) and after about 15 minutes, he found this. I’m still not quite sure if he genuinely thought it would suit me, or if he was just desperate to get away, but I loved it, bought it, and have been wearing it ever since (not constantly, in case you’re wondering).

The fringe is a nuisance; catching in my earrings (my other adornment obsession), but the scarf wouldn’t look nearly as good without it.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | fringe

Smells good, tastes good

Rosemary, thyme, Maldon sea salt. Ready to be dried and stored. Image: Su Leslie 2020


One of my brother in law’s exes first introduced me to homemade herb salt, and it seemed rather exotic at the time. In reality, it’s easy and fairly quick. The flavour combinations are, if not endless, then extensive. Rosemary and thyme appeals at the moment as both are abundant in my garden. And both are wonderfully aromatic.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | aromatic

A short wander

It’s too hot to move much at the moment, but I was happy to take a short wander up the stairs to this Japanese tea house.

Shame there wasn’t a cup of tea waiting for me.

The tea house is a new addition to the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum, near Morrinsville, NZ. The park is privately owned, but open to the public to enjoy art in the beautiful setting of an old quarry that has been transformed into an arboretum.

Ragtag Daily Prompt | wander