Monday Windows – A secret garden

3.17.20 Tiapei

For Ludwig’s Monday Window challenge – a secret garden

About the picture: Taken at the Beautique Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan. There is an “atrium” in the breakfast room. In Taipei, most of the buildings are very, very close together. “Green space” is mostly roof top gardens and public parks. Not an ideal situation for a South Dakota grasslands girl. I was intrigued by this ingenius optimization of space usage. The designers installed glass walls (windows) just about 12 inches inside the outer wall of the building and they have created planters for small trees and plants as well as lattice for hanging planters and a wall fountain for irrigation. The plants on the wall change periodically with the seasons. It’s a welcome respite from the constant hub-bub of crowded city life.

The Secret Garden

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

2020 picoftheweek #9 – Rustic

2020-pic of the week

For Maria Antonia’s #picoftheweek 2020, a look at rustic longing

3.12.20 Rustic

About the photos: snapped at the “Open-Air Museum of Old Japanese Farmhouses” in Toyonaka, Japan (near Osaka). The museum is a wonderful collection of historic rural houses from different eras offering a glimpse into 18th century rural Japanese life.

3.12.20 farmhouse

My eyes settled on the old house
with it’s battered roof,
thatch thinned to the bone
and a longing came upon me
as I sat upon the aging stoop
my wild heart ached for home

Grandma’s Feather Bed — John Denver

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

One-Liner Wednesday – Changes

For Linda’s One Liner Wednesday

2.12.20 anywhere
Sterling Point, NZ 5133 km south of the equator

You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes,
you can steer yourself in any direction you choose
~Dr. Seuss

So having had my business trip pulled out from under me, I’ve decided to makes some different plans, sounds like vacation time to me. 😉  “Good times, riches, and son of a B****s, I’ve seen more than I can recall.”

Changes in latitudes — Jimmy Buffet

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Monday Windows – Imperial Windows

2.3.20 shugakuin

For Ludwig’s Monday Windows do pop over a see some great windows.

At Shugakuin Imperial Villa in Kyoto, Japan. At the pinnacle of the upper garden and grounds lies a simple pavilion structure of multiple rooms where emperor Gomizuno could view the panoramic views. Construction began in 1655 and Shugakuin remains one of the finest displays of shakkei (the Japanese garden art of “borrowing scenery”) to be found. Here at the Emperor’s Pavillion you see the extensive use of tatani mats. Note the elevated platform where the Emperor would sit. The paper windows let in light at different times of day and these large “lift out” windows let in the summer breeze.

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One of many views from the Emperor’s Pavilion

Summer Breeze – Seals & Croft

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Suzhou – a Which Way Challenge

6.24.19 WWC canal in Suzhou

A canal in Suzhou, China

Suzhou was once at the center of the Chineses silk trade. Today, it is much more celebrated for it’s art, delicate gardens, thousand year old temples, and of course romantic water towns and canals. It is these that have earned it the name “Venice of the East.” A thoroughly charming city all modernized but still holding on to it’s 2,500 years of history and architecture.

And a plus, a traditional gondolier song by what may well be one of the finest voices of our age.

For the Which Way Challenge brought to us by sonofabeach96

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP

Xiamen Wonder – a Which Way Challenge

6.11.9 WWC sidewalk Xiamen

A sidewalk in Xiamen, China at dusk in the fall, a wonder of beauty and calm

If I live to see the seven wonders
I’ll make a path to the rainbow’s end
I’ll never live to match the beauty again
The rainbow’s end

For the Which Way Challenge brought to us by sonofabeach96

Til next time ~Peace ~JPP