This isn't a very good photo unfortunately, but I wanted to show you a pile of silk scraps that I gleaned while I was on a tour of a small silk factory. I wish I had thought of this earlier. Actually I did ask for scraps at a lantern making demo, too, but they were much smaller. I can hardly wait to get my hands on a sewing machine to turn these into something else-maybe a scrappy journal cover. I have been enjoying the one I made to bring along on the trip. I like having a soft journal as well as my regular journal.
Speaking of journals, I thought I would share a few of my journal pages. This group of large pots was painted while we were at The Pilgrimage Village in Hue. The pots really are as big as a small palm tree. This was a lovely resort--our one splurge of the trip but it was so worth it! I found a good deal and it was the perfect place to stay after a long and somewhat rugged overnight train ride from Hanoi. I might do a separate blog post just with photos from this place, as everything about it was exquisite and we contemplated just staying there for a week or two!
This is a small sampling of my beach combing finds from the beach in Nha Trang. I spent 15 minutes or so with my eyes on the ground and easily gathered more than a cup full of treasures. I especially love the bits of broken pottery. One time in Hong Kong we found a beach that was covered in these pot shards and I gathered a big collection. Hmmmm. Wonder what I have done with them...
This is the beach in Nha Trang. It is a pretty beautiful place, and these thatch umbrellas dot the beach and can be rented for a fee. If we didn't have a bus to catch, I would have happily stayed all day just gazing out to sea. The scuba diving and snorkeling is supposed to be great here, too, but that will have to be for another trip.
When I first saw these fruits on the street outside of my hotel in Hanoi, they seemed so strange and unusual, but after seeing them daily, they seem as familiar as apples and oranges. I have tried them all (at least the ones in this photo) and many more, but still have not tried durian, which I am a little afraid to sample as it has a very strong smell. They are not even allowed on the buses in Singapore because of that. Maybe today is the day. I will be on the lookout for some.