Friday, 31 July 2015

Flower Power

"Remember that children, marriages, and flower gardens reflect the kind of care they get.:

H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Flowers beautiful flowers
The pink lily arrangement is one from my friend Matthew

Have a gorgeous Friday
A blue moon tonight

Abbey Road in 10 Minutes
Somewhere Only We know
as seen on the blog
The Dutchess

The Forbidden City was the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty. It is located in the center of Beijing, China, and now houses the Palace Museum. It served as the home of emperors and their households as well as the ceremonial and political center of Chinese government for almost 500 years.
Built in 1406 to 1420, the complex consists of 980 buildings and covers 72 ha (180 acres). The palace complex exemplifies traditional Chinese palatial architecture, and has influenced cultural and architectural developments in East Asia and elsewhere. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987, and is listed by UNESCO as the largest collection of preserved ancient wooden structures in the world.
Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. Part of the museum's former collection is now located in the National Palace Museum in Taipei. Both museums descend from the same institution, but were split after the Chinese Civil War.

A book I highly recommend My Secret Sister with  Helen Edwards and Jenny Lee Smith

Also I recommend

My Escape from North Korea A Thousand Miles to Freedom
Eunsun Kim

The Blue Sky
Galsan Tschinag

Doll Baby
Laura Lane McNeal

Let's Take the Long Way Home
Gail Caldwell

China Dolls
Lisa See


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