Thursday, October 1, 2009

Abundance, heavenly scent and the gist

- All the recent rain makes the flowers and plants at home look lushious and abundant in early fall.

- Catching the heavenly scent of a tea olive bush makes me whirl around to look for it. At my visit to Columbia Theological Seminary for a meeting on a perfect afternoon, tea olive bushes line the sidewalk of the parking lot.

- Dropping off materials in the very early morning to a mail house, I listen to employees speak to each other in Spanish while I wait, and smile because I realize I understand the gist of what they are saying. Some memory of intense Spanish lessons from several years ago remain.

18 comments:

Pink Ink said...

Tea olive bush...I have no idea what that looks like. Is it the photo? But it sounds lovely.

I also took Spanish a lifetime ago, and I hope to get more chances to "eavesdrop" on this language for its beautiful cadence.

Pink Ink said...

Hello Jewel! At second glance I see that the urn holds a fern. :-)

Lynn said...

Jewel -

I went back and added a link to the tea olive bush. The article says the fragrance is "powerful and exquisite." A great description. It grows best in Zones 8-10.

I went back to college a few years ago and got a degree in Journalism. The major required a foreign language. I decided to take the 2nd course in the summer, so it was an intense couple of months. And I feel lucky to have gotten out of that one with a B! Spanish is somewhat easy to understand, to me, but I never could speak it really. Other than basic phrases.

Talon said...

I wonder when someone will invent a way to have fragrance come through the computer?

Beautiful fern! Are those begonias? They are so pretty!

I love listening to people speaking foreign languages. I have no talent for speaking them, but I can usually get the gist of what's being said.

Lynn said...

Yes - those are begonias. They spread out so nicely.

I don't know how to describe Tea Olive except it is heavenly. I dislike a gardenia smell, so think of something light and sweet and not as strong as a gardenia.

Languages - my favorite to listen to is French. I have one French client. I always hope he'll kiss my hand. :) Ha! Just kidding and they probably don't really do that. :)

Cookie said...

Wow! When i saw that picture come up, I thought it was from summer or spring until I read that it was recent from fall. And i had never heard of a tea olive bush. Learn soemthing new :)

Riot Kitty said...

Great picture! Sometimes I wish I could tune out languages I understand (English and Spanish) and just be in my own little world. Then again, at the same time, I'm always curious when people are speaking a language I don't.

Lynn said...

Cookie -

It was from last Sunday - around lunchtime. We do not tend to have really fierce winters here - most of the time I can leave plants outside all winter and just bring them in when it gets below 32 degrees.

Riot Kitty -

I wish I could pick up languages easily. I have a friend who is Czech and her language is incredibly difficult - she has taught me a few words and I never get it right. :)

Lance said...

The flowers and plants looks so vibrant!

Lynn said...

Lance -

It's from all that rain. :)

LL Cool Joe said...

That's interesting because my nmother plants begonias and she finds that with the rain they tend to get over blown and go a bit soggy. Not like yours in that lovely photo at all!

Lynn said...

Joe -

And they've had very little attention this year. Thank you - I was so happy for a sunny day that I felt I needed to snap that photo while I could. We've had a string of them this week.

Jannie Funster said...

Okay, I've stolen that for my desktop pic-- thank you very much!

The tea olive looks a bit like plumeria to me.

Gracias, Gracias, gracias!!!

xo

@Talon, fragrance comes through MY computer. :)

Blue said...

i likes a lot the prettie floers. i bets they smells gud.

see yoo lader!

xo

Blue Bunny said...

ahhhh, mush bedder.

i jist lerning teknoologees

Snaggle Tooth said...

Nothing appears quite that lush this 40degreeF time of year here-
Just a gorgeous display you've captured for us! Too bad we can't scratch n sniff puter pics...
I announced to the portuguese folks trying to follow the PuertoRican banter "Cierra La Boca Grande" just yesterday. I never did take spanish- Think that's from Sesame Street-

G said...

It's funny, but since Spanish is so heavily used at my job (since a good percentage of my co-workers are bi-lingual, simply due to the nature of the job), it has become my "white noise".

Example: when I went on vacation last year (last year, holy cow!), I actually missed listening to it because where I drove through (Midwest/Bible Belt), none were to be had.

Lynn said...

Jannie -

De nada, de nada, de nada!!! I am here to serve. :) xo

Blue -

They do smell gud! xo

Blue Bunny -

Your cousin Blue was just here! Oh I see - technical difficulties. :) xo

Thanks Snaggle -

It has gotten very lush looking all of a sudden.

So you told them to close their big mouths? We have a large Hispanic population here in Atlanta - they are mostly from Cuba and Mexico.

G -

Have you picked up any Spanish as a result of it being your background noise?