Wednesday, November 07, 2007

A surprise from an ugly plant

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The house is abuzz with activity today as the golf course is flooded (Barwon Valley club is near the river and becomes a lake periodically and this is a surprise after the drought), so Peceli is on one computer writing about the coming of the lotu to Nadroga, Junior has pulled up the lino in the bathroom as we are seriously into renovating at present, and I have been going bonkers typing up lists on Excel. Then I walked out to tidy up the potplants and discovered one of the ugly cactus plants has flowered brilliantly. So I drew it before it faded or someone stole it, etc. I used watercolour pencils, and a bit of whiteout. I've been throwing out lots of geraniums that look elderly and some of the cactus that are half-eaten by bugs.

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Blogger The Moody Minstrel said...

Sometimes ugliness is just the start of something beautiful.

Remember the story of the ugly duckling?

4:55 AM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Alas, it was a one-day wonder. Already, it is drooping and closing up. Maybe that's life - a day or two of delight, then the ordinary dull days resume. I enjoyed your telling of steps in your life about whether you would you like to go back there - well, I guess there have been moments of great happiness for me in the midst of a bit of mayhem and foolishness. Which is what we all experience I guess.

9:07 PM  
Blogger Jana Bouc said...

This is such a wonderful drawing--so full of color! It's really quite liberating to get rid of nasty old plants instead of having to keep looking at them all full of bugs or half dead. I'm glad this one didn't go though. What a treat.

11:40 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

I love these epyphytic cactus and have several, they like more water and shade than a normal one as they grow in jungles. Only last a day but when they grow well you can have a lovely succesion of flowers.
Lovely drawing.

2:18 PM  
Blogger Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

Thank you Jana and Penny. We have many of these plants in pots. They were given to us by a friend a few months before he died a couple of years ago so we don't really want to toss them out. And at last one has flowered!

4:38 PM  

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