Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Peacock love

Kung Hei Fat Choy!  And welcome to the Year of the Snake.  I hope the next 12 months bring a more introspective, spiritual year full of yin (feminine) energy after the dramatic Year of the Dragon...perhaps a chance to consider and pay more attention to the detail of our daily modern life in 2013.
Funnily enough, we didn't spend Sunday having a family yum cha or traipsing into Chinatown.  Son number one is currently obsessed with peacocks (I do have to give him credit for being extremely imaginative) so we found ourselves in the gardens at Montsalvat in Eltham for Chinese New Year.
There are a number of resident peacocks (and the less glamorous peahens) at Montsalvat as well as some geese and chickens.  Despite two grumpy, tired kids and two grumpy, tired parents - we managed to enjoy the serenity.  Iced chocolates and french fries from The Meeting Pool restaurant definitely hit the spot for the kids while Mr Rosanna and I shared a wasabi-encrusted tuna carpaccio which was excellent.  We sat out in the courtyard and spied a big table enjoying what looked like an extended family special occasion as well as motorcyclists and other locals and day trippers enjoying the ambience - it does feel like stepping back in time.
Image via The Rug Company blog
Thomas was thrilled with the four peacock feathers (they molt at the end of each summer) we found to take home and there is something quite beautiful and magical about peacocks.  They have inspired artists for many years.  Given Valentine's Day is this Thursday, I thought you might also like this Matthew Williamson rug design (available in both dark and light versions) which incorporates both peacocks and love hearts - I want one in my house!  More tomorrow on local happenings...
Image via The Rug Company blog

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