Tuesday, March 2, 2010

I dream of the soft glow....

...of lanters in my garden......We love having people over for long, drawn-out, lazy summer evenings...I simply can't wait for the sun to go down so I can light up my garden....lanterns, candles, glass containers, whatever I can "set on fire"....

....last summer, the Big-K installed two fountains for me (can you believe it? 2!!!!) and one of them, a little pond with a soft-flowing, water-trickling ceramic pot came with a floating orb which is solar-powered and changes colours as it moves gently on the pond.....dreamy....

The above photo is from the Mid-Autumn Festival celebrated in China and Vietnam...an event in which I would love to participate one day..sounds inspiring and very fun at the same time (they wear pomelo rinds on their heads!)....




Paper lanterns are very versalite decorating accessories - they are cheap and can be very colourful. Seemingly endless varieties are available in Chinese and Vietnamese stores...I have seen them used at weddings, parties and at corporate events. A grouping of them can look very fetching hanging from a tree, in the corner of a garden, or just under the ceiling, en masse....

These solar-powered lanterns are called Solar Shoji Lanterns, learn more about them here..


....aahh...Spring seems so far away and I already dream of summer...
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11 comments:

  1. I love little white lights, I keep up my outdoor Christmas lights all winter they look great glowing under the snow.
    Thanks for the reminder to pull out the summer lights.

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  2. Your yard sounds dreamy....

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  3. ooh would love to participate one day in that event too~ I'm sure it's so much more beautiful in person~ lighting the dark sky~
    xo

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  4. Spectacular post!I can only imagine how beautiful it looks when all the lights are on glowing in the dark! Such a wonderful inspiration!

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  5. Would love to partecipate in a event like this!
    Federica
    xoxo

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  6. Your dreaminess is contagious. That is one thing that I find difficult with living in Houston, once the sun sets you can't really be outside unless you have a pest control system or your not bothered. I long for nights such as that with glowing lanterns, and candles. spent lingering into the wee hours sipping a glass (or 4) or wine. The best outdoor living for the evenings had to have been Las Vegas hands-down. Zero bugs, warm, & with great views. Lovely, fun post AJ!

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  7. Gardanne: thank you so much for your visit to my little blog...you make beaufiful, dreamy things with your hands and I am very envious of your talent! Good to see you! ox

    Sara - come for a visit - ANYTIME!! ox

    Lenore: you globe-trotter-you! If anyone can do it, you can! ox

    Anya: - maybe I am drawn to these glowing lights because every woman looks beautiful by candlelight - just like your stunning hats: they could make any woman beautiful! ox

    Federica: sounds like we need to get together, one of these days, and have the event lit up by a thousand paper lanters...ox

    Kristin: thank you for visiting - it's always so nice to see you! ox

    Dumbwit: most out-in-the-country locations in this part of Ontario do suffer from black flies, pesky little carnivores, but we are very lucky - it's the proximity of the lake, I am sure...a mosquito here and there but nothing major, nothing a little citronella and a couple of glasses of wine can't deal with and it's even better when it's a little breezy - the bugs seem to hide then but the lanters just love the wind..they sway and sway and sway.....:) oxoxo

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  8. Pretty !
    What's a pomelo ?
    (I know-
    me and my questions - duh)

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  9. Jan, isn't a pomelo one of those large green citrus fruit things - a cross between a grapefruit and ... not sure quite what, perhaps a melon?

    Love this blog - delicious photos!

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  10. Susan, thanks for visiting...you are absolutely right about the pomelo and since Jan asked, I just had to answer her question (see today's post)...hope to see you again soon, glad you like the blog! ox

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