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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.

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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.

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

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(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.

Kaleidoscope

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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.

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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.