Thursday’s Special: A literal translation


Paula’s Thursday Special this week features Meg as a guest challenger and her topic is Calligraphy. Please take a look. You won’t be disappointed.

My immediate thought was of the Chinese Garden of Friendship in Sydney. I would have liked to have looked for a less literal translation, but I hope these will do. This wonderful oasis in the city made me feel calm and relaxed and balanced. In harmony you could say.

Do take a close look at the bamboo.


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I live in the UK, but when I was younger I spent several years travelling the world followed by a period living in South Africa. I look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

52 thoughts on “Thursday’s Special: A literal translation”

    1. They certainly do. I guess bamboo is very hard like a tree trunk. Personally I have never had the urge to carve my name into a living object.

  1. I was hoping for some literal, and this is literally beautiful. I was going to include some Arabic script, but I was too lazy to go looking.

    It’s also serendipitous. Our plane doesn’t leave till 4 so I’ll be looking for a place of peace to spend the morning – this might just be it. The colours are great, and I may well need to store colour against Warsaw grey.

    1. Glad you like it Meg. And yes, this garden is a gem. Very relaxing. I don’t envy you that long flight though. Stopover? And at least you will be in Europe as spring arrives – there is nothing quite as beautiful to lift the heart.

        1. Will you get out of the airport to explore the city? I’m not hugely interested in Dubai, but 7 hours in an airport is misery 😦

  2. Fabulous, Jude! I knew Meg would like it 🙂 I have an idea but need time to play. Love those framed pieces. Breakfasting on toast and orange curd. Tad bizarre 🙂 MD treat? Hope you find peace and harmony soon, sweetheart! Happy, relaxed Sunday!

    1. Relaxing alright. I am a fan of lemon curd (especially the home-made really tart stuff) but havn’t had any for ages. Reminds me of baking with MY mother on a Sunday – lemon curd and jam tarts. Apple pies, lemon meringue pies, Victoria sponge. Happy days.

      1. My grandma used to do lemon curd tarts on Sundays too. I was going to say those were the days, but looking back I don’t really think so. She did even more laundry than me! And that mangle was a killer 🙂

        1. ‘That’ mangle almost DID kill my mother. I arrived home from school to find she had mangled her arm and it was the size of a small horse!

  3. I really like your literal interpretation, it’s so beautiful. Hope you get some rest soon, Jude. Take care!
    Love from the four of us,
    Dina & co Xx

  4. Literal interpretation is nice and even more so if it comes from a garden of friendship 🙂 Thank you, Jude. I hope your weekend was nice.

    1. I am rather drawn to Japanese and Chinese gardens for some reason. Not the flowers as there are usually very little in that department, but the peace and tranquillity they exude. Glad you enjoyed the post 🙂

        1. Not quite there yet Pete. I think we have booked removal for end of month, but I’m still feeling a bit panicky! Sorry to hear about the eye. Doesn’t sound great and must be a real challenge for driving – are you still feeling dizzy too?

        2. Only dizzy when I bend down and lean back, so I can ‘control’ it. Driving is OK in good daylight, but definitely not after dusk. Good luck with the move. I have heard that the weather will be improving soon, so you might have a nice moving day, fingers crossed. x

  5. The garden is not so calm and relaxed just now, with the massive construction site for the new conference / entertainment / hotel complexes practically surrounding it. 😦 But the scribbly bamboo is still there (I hope).

    1. I wouldn’t have thought there was much more space around there to build more hotels etc. Darling Harbour has changed out of all recognition since I first saw it in 1998. I do hope the garden regains its tranquillity.

      1. They’ve knocked down everything that was there (apart from the garden) and are building up and up. A huge complex. I think the garden will be tranquil again once the incessant noise stops and the dust settles.

        1. Between that and the horror that is the Barangaroo construction site, she sure won’t be happy! 😦
          But on another note, I’ve been meaning to thank you for the tip about those insoles. They do make a difference and I’d even say that my plantar fascitis is (very slowly!) getting better. 🙂

        2. They are good. I must get a pair for my other shoes. Only thing is I need a slightly bigger size shoe as they make the ones I have a bit tight.

    1. Thanks Cathy, I must pop over to you and see what you have been up to. Quite hectic here. I really do hope this is the last move – if not I shall definitely pay for the removal people to do everything! What I need is a moving planner – someone to dispose of the unwanted furniture, rubbish, take stuff to charity shops, organise the removal firm and sort out all that needs doing at both ends. If I was younger I’d set up business myself!

      1. Hi Jude, Don’t worry, I haven’t been up to much, at least not on my blog. Hopefully I’ll have time soon.

        Congrats on getting your move behind you. I think a lot of people would need a moving planner. It’s such a major upheaval to move. Too bad you won’t set up a business! 🙂

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