Thursday, 30 October 2014

Blue Yu

#asian culture #hanzi #chinese characters #blueyu #speculation
Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

I first found this character while I was idly opening pages at random in a dictionary and something about it caught my eye especially after seeing the modern meaning. Yes this is a moment of sheer poetic fantasy but suddenly I had this "vision" of a depressed Han or earlier dynasty scribe / scholar a northerner exiled to the southern jungles trying to create a compound character that expressed his mood.

On top we have a drinking vessel between two trees drinking amongst the forest and below a word / character often translated as wine and I cant help wondering which fermented fruit liquor someone was getting stuck into. Rice and millet were not the only things used to brew alcohol in ancient China. 

Yes I'm guessing but what's your guess as to the origin of this character?

Footnote Yes I am bumping older posts today for new followers !
Apologies if you've seen this before!

Wednesday, 22 October 2014



#tea #chatswood #Sydney #exhibition
While I was researching for the next series of posts I found this notice at Willoughby Library


25 Oct - 3 Nov 2014  Opening 25 Oct Saturday 11AM

I don't know what I'll be doing on Saturday ey but I'll try to check it out if not then next week.

Th PR card at the library said its sponsored by and the opening day will feature #pipa music #calligraphy #brushpainting plus displays of teaware

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Osmathus Saga 4

#Osmathus Saga 4

Copyright Julie Vaux 2014 

More info on the #hanzi #mokusei #quehoa #osmanthus

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Osmanthus Saga 3 more pictures

This is what the #osmathus plant's fruits also called drupes  and flowers when its white  look like.

Go back to the two previous posts in this series?

More next week!