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Unadulterated & authentic…modest yet ornate (Pur et authentique … modeste mais orné)


The beauty of simplicity ©copyright2014owpp

The beauty of simplicity
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I walk and I see
The beauty of simplicity
That one buttercup standing out
Shooting upward among short green grass
Calling out, screaming out for my discernment
I answer in spite of myself and approach as a somnambulist,
Hand stretched out ready to stroke the stem, the petals, gently
Guiding it toward my tool of appreciation, the more I use it on the
Small, the further is its individuality magnified… I close onto its delicacy,
Its silky petals, the brightness of unadulterated yellow, the intricacies of its
Nerve map, the bulge of its heart and discover the secret of purity.

Je marche et je vois
La beauté de la simplicité
Cet unique bouton d’or saillir
Jaillir vers le haut parmi l’herbe
Courte et verte criant, hurlant pour
Mon discernement, je réponds malgré moi
Et approche comme un somnambule, main tendue
Prêt à carresser la tige, les pétales, le guidant
Doucement vers mon outil d’appréciation, plus je l’utilise
Sur l’insignifiant, plus est amplifié son individualité… je ferme
Sur sa délicatesse, ses pétales soyeux, la luminosité du jaune pur, les subtilités
De sa carte de nerfs, le renflement de son coeur et découvre le secret de la pureté.

Bright & delicate ©copyright2014owpp

Bright & delicate
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Mysterious & comely ©copyright2014owpp

Mysterious & comely
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A bumblebee in our balcony! Un bourdon dans notre balcon…


A bumblebee in our balcony! ©copyright2014owpp

A bumblebee in our balcony!
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A bumblebee in our balcony…
So rare a sight I thought it was reserved to the eye of the privileged, those living among completely natural environments.
To my astonishment it was there, hanging so still on the flower of my plant I was sure it was dying & had accidentally landed in our small haven of peace, all I could see was its hairy tail moving rhythmically.
I ran to fetch my camera wondering how it would all end, if I could eventually be of any help… came back to find it still hanging on, quickly took all the shots possible & to my delight saw it fly healthily away a second later!

Un bourdon dans notre balcon …
Un spectacle si rare, je pensais qu’il était réservé à l’œil des privilégiés, ceux qui vivent parmi un environnement complètement naturel.
À mon grand étonnement, il était là, suspendu si immobile sur la fleur de ma plante, J’étais sûr qu’il allait mourir & avait accidentellement atterri dans notre petit havre de paix, tout ce que je pouvais voir, c’était sa queue poilue faire un mouvement rythmique.
J’ai couru chercher mon appareil photo me demandant comment tout cela finirait, si je pouvais être d’une aide quelconque éventuellement … je revint le trouvant toujours suspendu, rapidement pris tous les shoots possibles et à ma grande joie l’ai vu s’envoler sainement au loin une seconde plus tard!

Stepping closer... ©copyright2014owpp

Stepping closer…
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And more so... ©copyright2014owpp

And more so…
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Only too happy to go on :) ©copyright2014owpp

Only too happy to go on :)
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Last but not least... ©copyright2014owpp

Last but not least…
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Easiest cheapest 100% natural organic crêpe/pancake recipe


And... voila! ©copyright2014owpp

And… voila!
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I know there are a load of you who know how to do crêpes (French-thinner-pancakes) courtesy of Wikipedia…

A crêpe or crepe (Listeni/kreɪp/[1] or /krɛp/ French: [kʁɛp] ( listen), Quebec French: [kʁaɪ̯p] ( listen)) is a type of very thin pancake, usually made from wheat flour (crêpes de Froment) or buckwheat flour (galettes). The word is of French origin, deriving from the Latin crispa, meaning “curled”. While crêpes are often associated with Brittany, a region in the northwest of France, their consumption is widespread in France, Belgium, Quebec and many parts of Europe and North Africa. Crêpes are served with a variety of fillings, from the most simple with only sugar to flambéed crêpes Suzette or elaborate savoury galettes.

The batter ©copyright2014owpp

The batter
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But as it’s a simplified recipe I have adjusted to my dietary needs as, no-sugar-eggs-dairy… I thought this one might be of some help to those who follow the same organic wholesome food plan but for those who don’t, just switch back to sugar, plain flour or any oil you have :)
You can’t get anything easier or faster & it’s a load of fun to do with your kids or grand-kids so… here you go!

Small pan & ladle ©copyright2014owpp

Small pan & ladle
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Ingredients (for about ten small ones)
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1. 2 1/2 cups 75% whole Spelt flour (or just plain)
2. 2 1/4 cups water
3. 1 to 2 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (or anything on hand)
4. 1 tsp. organic baking powder (optional)

The swiveling... ©copyright2014owpp

The swiveling…
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Method
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Mix well the two first ingredients & add baking powder just before putting it in pan, mix very well too.
Heat frying pan (I have an old small one but it’s the only one I know how to work with for my pancakes)
put a heaped teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil (but you can use any available) put your (small) flame
on high first then switch to between-high & low after about 4 minutes, pour a small ladle of batter slowly
(once the oil is hot you should hear it sizzling as it touches the pan) while swiveling the pan to even it
out then wait about a minute (you’ll get the feel of how long with the time) flip it over with a fork or
as a chef would do with a swift hand-motion then once it’s ready slide it on a plate.

First side happening... ©copyright2014owpp

First side happening…
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I chose this time to serve it as a snack with rice syrup spread on it, rolled it & poured a little on too,
but I have served it in many different ways in the past as with minced seitan (vegetarian meat) as a filling
& creamed mushrooms as the topping or with a creamy wok as a filling… but all you have to do is use your creativity & improvise anything you desire as ice cream on the side with whipping creme & chocolate syrup on top of the pancake…

I hope the photos will make the instructions easier but mainly, have a load of fun & Bon appétit!

Second side... ©copyright2014owpp

Second side…
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And the end result :) ©copyright2014owpp

And the end result :)
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Step in… you’ll find the missing pieces


Step in... ©copyright2014wpp

Step in…
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Step in to the threshold of each & every day
Living your life with love light peace & joy*

If you can manage that you will quickly see
That you have found the missing pieces…

* L.L.P.J

Brown spots & caterpillars… any suggestion?


At first... ©copyright2014owpp

At first…
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This is the story of my tomato plants… it started beautifully but then things went awry.
One mishap after another gave me the idea of seeking out your help, of all the (much more experienced than me) gardeners I follow, see if there’s a preventive measure I can take for next summer’s batch concerning those big brown spots coming out of nowhere and if those caterpillars are any threat to the tomatoes besides munching on my leaves.

Any suggestion would be more than welcome!

They thrived... ©copyright2014owpp

They thrived…
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And I was so proud with the result! ©copyright2014owpp

And I was so proud with the result!
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Then,I noticed this ©copyright2014owpp

Then,I noticed this
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Which produced this :( ©copyright2014owpp

Which produced this :(
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And just when I thought it was over my leaves started to look like this! ©copyright2014owpp

And just when I thought it was over my leaves started to look like this!
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The culprit... ©copyright2014owpp

The culprit…
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And a future one ;) ©copyright2014owpp

And a future one ;)
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Last but not least...all stretched out!!! ©copyright2014owpp

Last but not least…all stretched out!!!
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Oh! forgot to show you our tomato plants climbing no matter what :) ©copyright2014owpp

Oh! forgot to show you our tomato plants climbing no matter what :)
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Nature’s display of perfection


Can you guess?©copyright2014owpp

Can you guess?©copyright2014owpp

This time round I tried to pique your curiosity by posting first the close up & wonder if you have recognized what it is.
I received this arrangement & was fascinated by the shape of that one… see next picture to understand ;) so I took a few close-ups in the hope that you’ll identify it & enlighten me with its name.
Enjoy the next ones too!

P.S http://bloomlisa.com/ suggested below in the comment section that it might be a Waratah which I Googled for images & searched for info in Wikipedia.
Here’s what they say…

Waratah (Telopea) is an endemic, Australian genus of five species of large shrubs or small trees, native to the southeastern parts of Australia (New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania). The most well-known species in this genus is Telopea speciosissima, which has bright red flowers and is the NSW state emblem. The waratah is a member of the plant family Proteaceae, a family of flowering plants distributed in the Southern Hemisphere. The key diagnostic feature of Proteaceae is the inflorescence, which is often very large, brightly coloured and showy, consisting of many small flowers densely packed into a compact head or spike. Species of waratah boast such inflorescences ranging from 6–15 cm in diameter with a basal ring of coloured bracts. The leaves are spirally arranged, 10–20 cm long and 2–3 cm broad with entire or serrated margins. The name waratah comes from the Eora Aboriginal people, the original inhabitants of the Sydney area.

Thank you Lisa for the effort, it’s very much appreciated :)

Yes! It's a flower arrangement... ©copyright2014owpp

Yes! It’s a flower arrangement… ©copyright2014owpp

This one is my favorite :) ©copyright2014owpp

This one is my favorite :) ©copyright2014owpp

See it attracted to the center?  ©copyright2014owpp

See it attracted to the center?
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One last glimpse... ©copyright2014owpp

One last glimpse…
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Touching the Void Official Trailer #1 – Nicholas Aaron Movie (2003) HD


This Film is in no way a eerie or creepy movie which is what I thought originally & debated whether I should waste my time scaring myself instead of relaxing to a more positive story, it therefore took me a few weeks to be in a curious mood enough to watch it.
Well, I was in for a surprise.
I agree, you have to be in a specific mood & not everyone may like the settings which oscillates between a movie & documentary but oh! so enriching!
You come out of it understanding what is vital for physical as much as for mental survival, it broaches the moral debates of crucial decisions in desperate times & there are bound to be conflicting opinions there but all in all if you want to be jolted from your every day routine & the complacency, torpor or maybe frustration that goes with it… this is your film.
Most of all even though he came so close to death, his ordeal didn’t stop him picking himself back up, get on with his life & going further with what he enjoyed most… climbing!
Most, myself included would have blocked totally at the fear of it happening again, that I found was a powerful message.
You can follow his next expedition in “The beckoning silence” on You Tube.
The first full length film “Touching the void” is on YouTube but I didn’t want to use up space on my blog so I thought the trailer will be enough to spur you into action :)
Let me know what impressions it left on you.
Have a lovely weekend!

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Published on 5 Oct 2012
Touching the Void Trailer – Directed by Kevin Macdonald and starring Brendan Mackey, Nicholas Aaron, Richard Hawking, Joe Simpson, Simon Yates. The true story of two climbers and their perilous journey up the west face of Siula Grande in the Peruvian Andes in 1985.

MGM – 2003
Category
Film & Animation
Licence
Standard YouTube Licence

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