當工作的疲憊萬分時,我一定會去的小小秘密天堂 / Backyard: My Secret Little Heaven When I Was Exhausted from Work

自從我七年前從紐約搬來加州後,後院就一直是我的小小秘密天堂。我每天都會來這裡,輪流思考著工作相關的問題、生活相關的決擇,與反省自己目前的狀況、還做的不夠好的地方。

因為工作的關係,我總是需要坐在電腦前非常非常長的時間,特別是自從開始做 Pinkoi 以來我經常會因為太過專心而忘了要適度休息,往往數個小時站起來時全身腰痠背痛,所以當這種情況發生時,我通常就會往後院走去,順便讓陽光曬一曬我腦子裡不太聽話的東西,讓自己稍稍喘口氣。

由於灣區天候早晚差異大,通常早上的時候比較冷,但是等到中午過後太陽又露臉時,我就能跑到後院四處走走看看、聆聽微風吹過樹葉的聲音、撿拾地上的落葉與樹枝。有時候我還能聽見遠處鄰居屋簷下的風鈴聲,還有社區後面山坡上牛群的哞哞聲。這些都是我工作與工作之間的安詳時光。

Ever since I moved here from New York 7 years ago, our backyard is a little secret heaven of mine.  I come here every day and to take the time to reflect and think.

I usually sit in front of my computer for a very long long time for the nature of my work.  For example, these days I’ve been too focused on the Pinkoi projects and forgot to take a break. When there’s time like this, I would simply walk to the backyard and let sunshine cleans the mud from my head and take a breath.

It’s usually a bit cold in the morning, however, later at afternoon when the sun came out, I’ll be able to walk around, hear the whisper of the wind and pick up brown leaves and fallen branches.  Sometimes I can even hear the distant ting ting of wind chimes from some neighbor’s house and cows mooing on the hillside behind our neighborhood.  It’s a nice peaceful moment for me between my work.

 

 

有時候我也會在後院用身邊取得的物件,創作成奇奇怪怪的手作庭園藝術品,或是做些莫名奇妙的植物實驗創作例如葉刻/葉雕,這些都是讓我體驗簡單美好生活與抒發焦慮的方式,還好大王都覺得很酷不會丟掉它們,他還有一、二個玻璃瓶用以存放我的葉刻/葉雕實驗品 (笑)

像是剛才上面那個奇怪的庭園造景 ↑,是我跟大王利用家裡正好準備要廢棄的廁所馬桶水箱,加上一個已經荒廢的蜂鳥鳥巢 (在長了綠芽的枯樹枝上),組合成的奇妙手作庭園藝術品。

Sometimes I spent a little more time in the backyard to create interesting handmade garden art with daily objects that I could find around me.  Sometimes I would do some weird experiments, for example, leaf-cutting.  These are all various ways of mine to enjoy the simplicity and beauty of every life and to relieve my overwhelming anxiety.

Fortunately, Wayne always thinks they are cool in some ways and never throw them out.  He even has one or two glass jars to collect my leaf-cutting creations. ; )

In the picture above is one of my strange handmade garden art that Wayne and I made last year.  We used a broken toilet tank and an empty humming bird nest on a dry branch with sprouts (humming birds already moved out long time ago of course).

 

 

灌叢樫鳥、蜂鳥和麻雀是後院的常客 (嘻,我是因為之前在寫 Chic Parody 部落格查了好多動物跟植物才學會的),當然也有很多松鼠在我們後院的樹上爬上爬下,只是 Inari 好像不怎麼喜歡他們。

有些時候,我會因為在後院發現沒看過的新植物型態而開心不已。例如說這棵美麗的樹 ↑ ↓,我完全不知道她的名字,但是她的放射狀花朵與花苞實在是有趣極了!有人知道她的名字嗎?

大自然總是提供給我們各式各樣的美妙樣式與設計,天天都能給我靈感與新想法,所以我非常喜歡來後院探險。更何況可以跟大王一起盯著同一片天空發呆,沒有什麼比這個更抒壓了  ; )

Scrub Jays, Hummingbirds and Sparrows are the most common visitors in our backyard (heh, I learned all these when I wrote my Chic Parody blog), and Squirrels too of course although Inari doesn’t like them and will chase them around.

From time to time I discovered new plants here and tried to figure out what they are.  Take this one for example ↑ ↓, I have no idea what they are but their buds and radial flowers look very interesting to me.  Anyone knows what they are?

Nature offers such a wide variety of wonderful patterns and designs and those inspire me every day.  That’s why I love to go to the backyard for adventures so much!  Besides, I get to stare at the same sky and space out with Wayne together.  How nice is that!?  ; )

 

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