Thursday, June 3, 2010


The picture you see, the 1st blooming of a tree we planted!
This is a native tree of the Brazilian Mata Atlântica, this forest used to follow the eastern shore in the coast. Today the forest survived in some areas where it has been preserved by environmental laws. The Manacá tree is abundant where I live, and this specific tree was planted in our property! Isn't it gorgeous? The forest is speckled with it's flowers at this time of year, it's fall for us, and in contrast to beautiful blue skies it paints a beautiful painting to wake up to!

almost over

...well it ssems I am almost getting there finally!! formatting has so many variables, if you mess with one you have to mess with another, and on and on...but I wan't to make it pleasant to the eye ... can't believe how the screen has bothered my eyes as of late!! my glasses don't help at all.... and I don't even need reading glasses... anyway...will soon be onto more pleasant things!
Today was a holiday, Corpus Christi,.... a catholic country with catholic holidays of course!... long weekend... São Paulo almost becomes a  ghost town... not quite... impossible with 12 mil people if not more by now! so it was a lazy day for lots of people, and I have spent the last few days setting up my blog... never worked with html.... completely new language... but am getting the hang of it!
As I was setting up my blogging list I marvelled at the creativity and meticulous work of some of you that I have followed! So many beautiful places on your vacations and working nooks; so many gorgeous needle work!  But sorry you all... I have to say that my Hungarian friends, if you will let call you that, have "fairy hands" as we say it in Portuguese!   I learned my first tricks watching anuyka, mom, do her work.  When she 1st arrived in Brazil after WWII coming from a displaced persons camp in Klagenfurt, AU, she didnt speak Portuguese and needed to make a living, and needlework was her start! And for those of you who don't know that, European women have a long tradition in needle work, and the Hungarians prized in the intricate emboidery of men and women's apparel.  I love to see the long capes the shepheards used to cover from the bitter cold in the plains!
There is a blog in my list that shows  the beautiful Mágyars.  Thank you all for sharing your gorgeous handwork! ou certainly are an inspiration to me!


manacá tree - mata atlântica - costa brasileira