Sunday, 7 August 2011

Day 3 of 10 - Playing Tourist

We decided to play tourist in our own city today. We haven't done that in so long and it turned out to be the perfect day for it.  We went out to Chinatown, where there is the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden. It is the first full-scale classical garden constructed outside of China.

Here is a snapshot of a photo when the construction first began in 1985. As you can see, it is right in the middle of the city!
 Here you can see the high rise buildings that have sprung up around the garden! (like weeds!)
A 52 member team of experts from Suzhou, China, spent a year constructing the garden.

Note the amazing flooring that was laid outside in the courtyard.

 The garden has buildings but also ponds that flow through the garden. There are frogs amongst the lilies...
 ...and we counted eight koi fishies! We were lucky enough to witness their once a day feeding. Sorry I have no photo here but a woman comes out with a gong which after she rings it, she dips it partly in the water so that the vibration of the gong calls the fish for dinner! It was really neat to see!
There are many of these carved "windows" throughout the garden. Each will point your eye to see something unique. I love this photo. (DH took it.)
This is a good time to stop the tourist photos! We took 168 so we've had to really edit it down. Tomorrow I will show you a few of the interiors and some interesting exhibits. 

Now, the stitchy part. Eh voila, "Be Kind & Be True" by the talented Brenda Gervais. 

Hope you've enjoyed the photos! Now it's time to get on with dinner. Yesterday I had an unfortunate incident with a peeler which cut right into my thumbnail! Ouch. I did a pity party dance afterward which, at least, made my DH laugh! (The pity party part, not the accident.)

Back with more tomorrow! Thank you for visiting with me!


Glenna said...

Oh, what fun to see your vacation shots! I so much want to go back to Vancouver.

Your framed "Be Kind and True" is gorgeous.

Theresa said...

The Chinese garden looks amazing!!!!! How nice to be a tourist of your city for a day~~

Love your framed piece!!!! It is so gorgeous!!!!!!

Chris said...

The pictures of the garden are beautiful and I love the framed finish.
HAve a great week and be careful with those kitchen gadgets.

Siobhan said...

I LOVED your vacation shots! Thanks for sharing them--I want to go to BC SO badly, so sometimes I troll the internet for scenery pics.

Your framing is gorgeous--perfect for the piece!

Ann at Beadlework. said...

Another lovely stitch, the gardens look amazing.

Gabi said...

Your living in a beautiful city. Loved your vacation photos.
And LOVE your framed sampler. That gorgeous frame fits so well to the design. And your stitching is of course just as gorgeous.

Brigitte said...

Great pictures that you took in the garden. It must be wonderful to take a walk there.

Margaret said...

Ouch on your thumbnail! Eek! Hope it's feeling better now. Love the pictures of the garden. It's such a gorgeous place! What is it about Chinese (and Japanese too) gardens that is so peaceful and placid? So neat about feeding the fish -- who knew! I love it! And your Brenda Gervais piece -- so pretty! Love the frame!

Joy said...

What wonderful garden photos. Sometimes it is nice to "vacation" in our own home towns.

Lovely stitching and framing!

mainely stitching said...

How's your thumb doing? Ouch!!

Lovely photos and I just love your finish and the framing!

Catherine said...

Ouch on the thumb!! Hope it's feeling better!
Lovely pics from your vacation!
The frame you picked us perfect for your piece! So soft!

Carol said...

Your shots of the Chinese garden are so pretty. Love the koi--we have some in our pond, too, but ours aren't nearly as large!

Your framed "Be Kind & True" is lovely--that is one of my favorite sayings...

Hope your thumb is recovering nicely and that it didn't affect your stitching ability :)

Laura said...

The Chinese Garden is just stunning!!! I bet you felt really calm and relaxed when you were there! Love,love, love your framed Be Kind piece!!!!!! You stitched it beautifully!!!!!

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

What gorgeous pics! I lived in Japan and Korea (2 years each) and have a great love for Asian architecture. What a wonderful place!

Your framed sampler is wonderful! I love that one and really love hte frame you chose. The eyes on your guy/gal look far better than mine do, plus, I really like how/where you added your signature and date. Great job!

Karoline said...

Be kind and true looks gorgeous, great framing

The pictures of the garden look lovely.