Posts Tagged ‘green’

the season of the out of control

May 24, 2013

Roses, Honeysuckle….

Originally uploaded by SOFennell

Actually, it may be the beginning, but with this last week’s rains it’s had a grand beginning. Honeysuckle climbs all over my blooming roses and other flowering shrubs.

Early in the week, A deer passed through the wild space beyond the backyard. The squirrels frolicked with the dirt in my pots with newly planted seeds. “Something” has been feeding on new perennials I planted earlier in the week. Then this morning, I glimpsed a fox skirting through the backyard. The creatures are at their work.

It brings to mind a theme that would emerge frequently in my college and high school lit. classes (so many years ago) – Man vs. nature. Here I am living it – kind of. It’s a mix. I want them to have their necessary accommodations too. We are encroaching on their territory and I have to remind myself of it from time to time.

A new expression I picked up this week from my usual resources – “they” were talking about spring, spring greens and an image of green leaves illustrated the point. 「ときわ色」tokiwa iro was the expression. From what I could glean it’s an old term, dating at least from the Edo Period and perhaps going as far back as the Heian Period. It means “evergreen” so in color it’s a deep blue-green and seems to reflect the constant, unchanging and eternal.


“Wrap it up!” at

December 16, 2009

Indigo & White Cotton Furoshiki

You’ll have to scroll down just a little way to find my images and the feature that includes my indigo and white furoshiki, but they’re there!

Needless to say, I’m very grateful and honored to be featured on “Try Handmade” which features products made by human beings.  Thank you so much Rebecca! I love the write up!

Matcha Green all lined up

March 23, 2009


Originally uploaded by SOFennell

This morning, first thing, I washed out the excess dye and hung 75 small squares on the line. They measure about 12 x 13 inches. I’m not sure all of them will be used in the final project. It was a pleasant task though. Hanging them in the cool and light of an early spring morning with bird and insect call in the background. I heard traffic too, but tried not to pay too much attention to that. I much prefer hanging pieces on the line as opposed to the dryer.

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