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lucky girl back from 8 1/2 years living in asia with my husband and three children, happily delighting in the visual treats offered me. I shoot film with a very old Nikon N65 held together with rubber bands ... Freshman year of college I finally got contact lenses. I was awed by how clear the stars looked during an astronomy lab. I have always been visual, but the ability to bring things into focus is such a delight. And when I capture that clarity on film I am so satisfied. It might be a piece or segment of something, the juxtaposition of textures or colors, or the light and atmosphere in a place that attracts me. I find film lends itself to revealing a real, complex, sometimes slightly flawed nature of things. I really appreciate the depth and tangibility of film. I am living in Hong Kong and am constantly exposed to an abundance of visual gifts. ... see more on my flickr account:

Saturday, February 19, 2011

i love ...

moroccan tea

We are going into our 5th month of quite cold and damp soul-chilling weather (i know, i have NO sympathy from any of you in new england!)  It's a damp cold that really gets into you and is hard to get warm.  On a recent especially-cold trip to northern Vietnam, in a town called Sapa, we stayed at a socially conscious boutique hotel, Sapa Rooms with very little heat (environmentally conscious too!) that served the best moroccan tea:  individual cups were made with cinnamon stick, star anise, lime, fresh mint and some honey. We would pile on layers to go down for breakfast.* I reproduced it yesterday afternoon. The perfect warmer for my chilled family!
*I would love to return to Sapa Rooms Boutique Hotel [] in a warmer season when the rice paddies are green and the mist has lifted slightly.  A charming place and an intriguing area with very friendly people and a good purpose!

hotel metropole,  depuis 1901, hanoi

old world, exquisite in every detail (the biggest treat!)


chubby, weather-chapped cheeks, edible thighs, saucer eyes and that universal desire to play

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