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. 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!

    1. Taking a breather this weekend Gilly. Feel sooo tired. But will forge ahead tomorrow. Have a lovely day yourself!

  3. I also couldn’t think of a non-literal translation. Yours is beautiful. How wonderful it must be to be able to write in Chinese characters. So artistic. 🙂

  4. 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

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