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 have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now 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. 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 🙂

  2. The Chinese garden is an oasis of calm in Sydney and Chinese calligraphy is an art form. You have captured the peace and harmony very well

  3. That is a very peaceful-looking place, Jude. I also think it is a shame that people carve into the bamboo.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

        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

  4. 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! 🙂

  5. Beautiful…and very inviting! I love courtyards and patios and the round opening drew me right in!

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