In a Vase, on Monday – Slow Fade

I haven’t written much recently, or taken many photos. I don’t think it’s COVID related (physical or mental) – just a general end of year transition, a desire to sit and read a few good books and eat too many shortbread cookies. Then two things happened: a colleague gifted me, a few days before Christmas, a beautiful bouquet of pink and white roses, white stock (Matthiola incana) and Eucalyptus sprays; and I read a blog post that talked about Wabi-sabi, a Japanese worldview or aesthetic that “appreciates beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and incomplete.” [so says Wikipedia.]

Yesterday morning my flower bouquet was fading fast – white stock blossoms falling to the table like the snow flakes floating to the ground outside, and the edges of the roses starting to brown. I thought of Wabi-sabi and pulled apart the bouquet, keeping the roses that still seemed to have a few more days left, adding them to a green glass hyacinth vase that already had a few red osier dogwood (Cornus sericia) twigs in it. I finished the vase with the Eucalyptus and thought what a perfect final Monday Vase of 2020 for Cathy’s weekly theme. Happy New Year everyone – here’s hoping that life in 2021 returns to ‘normal!’

The large Nutcracker seems to be playing hide and seek behind the Eucalyptus leaf…
I like the vase in front of this 1980 John Lim print, ‘Count Your Stitches.’
Wabi-sabi – a philosophy that “encourages us to focus on the blessings hiding in our daily lives, and celebrating the way things are rather than how they should be.” [Says Thomas Oppong] The perfect outlook for 2020 eh?


  1. Thanks for sharing your gift this Monday, Chris. Eucalyptus makes such a great addition to any vase. It’s natural to shift attention and focusing on books and shortbread cookies seems perfect for this time of year.

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  2. Yes, there is such a lot of sense in the Wabi-sabi philosophy – something for us all to be reminded of, so thank you for your part in that. I love the print behind your refreshed vase – and that last photo too. Have you used any special photo effects to enhance it? Good to hear from you today and hope you have plenty of blessings to focus on in 2021

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  3. Shortbread and books – a wonderful combination, especially if you also have a great cup of tea. I love the last picture – it really does capture the beauty in the roses. Happy New Year!

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