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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Coloured prose with flowers and birds

Many months ago I included some of the writings of the charming and waspish Sei Shōnagon (清少納言) in my writings, and promised more. I gave some, but nowhere near as many as I would have liked. For reasons I won't attempt to explain, I thought I'd write a Pillow Book style of posting, composed of flower photos from my sister's garden (Jan's), and a few new bird photos from Maureen Watson, which Bruce sent me recently. (Butcher bird, parrots of our region - crimson {in the japonica bushes} and eastern rosellas, and black cockatoo.)

Just browse the flowers and birds, read these few lines from Sei Shōnagon and, as K D Lang once said, "Be pleased!"

All excerpts from Sei Shonagon The Pillow Book, Penguin Classics. (C. 11th Century CE.)


  1. This is my favourite blog posting so far.


  2. Thanks, Julie! Practically all due to the efforts of others! :) No, not even I believe that, quite. I have discovered a few things about formatting that might enhance later postings, now and again. It's just good to learn how to compensate for some loss of function with programs like Photoshop.


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