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……began with meeting the brilliant scholar and knower of all things Japanese….Anne Alene at Euro Pane in Old Town Pasadena for a confab over brunch. 

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A fun time while we work on the trip to Japan in November.

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This Frittata was as yummy as it looks.  Interestingly they used zucchini for the top and bottom.

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Then it was off to USC Pacific Asia to catch the 12:30 lecture to the docents by Dr. Kendall Brown, Art History historian specializing in Asian Art. This was for a new exhibit, ’The Tiezudingzhai Collection of Japanese Paintings’.  

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’The Arts of Japan’ is a small but mighty exhibit of Japanese scrolls in the Chinese manner and Dr. Brown’s talk covered the Literati paintings of the wren wren whose major themes were ‘collective individuality’ (think about that for a while). It was like listening to myself over these many years.

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This little gem featured Mi dots.  Now where have we heard about that!

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Anne wrote the text for this label and several others.

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This was quite possibly my favorite.

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But how can I pass on this work in the manner of Ni Tzan.  After all, he’s the first artist we study in our Landscape classes.

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Thank you Anne for a memorable, enriching time!

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And thanks for the cookies I became so addicted to in Japan!

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Then off to Valerie’s.  The hostess with the mostest!

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Valerie never does anything ‘small’ but I asked that my party be intimate with just Carol as that is how I initially met Valerie.

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Well O.K., Lady V. and the big guy… animals all.

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Besides the dogs, cats, fish and birds, Valerie’s tending to bees now.  Whoops, didn’t mention the chickens!

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Time for some bubbly…..

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Wonderful conversation…..

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Oh my. This table got the most likes on Facebook!

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When I said I wanted an intimate afternoon, I had no idea it would be so glamorous!

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See what I mean?

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But first, Carol has a moment with Lady V.

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Beautiful presentation for…….

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…….delicious corn chowder!

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My mom said to be sure to get some eggs from Valerie (remember I mentioned chickens?)  Well, they all went into this exquisite Cheese Souffle created by Josie.  Chef Extraordinaire!

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Sauce anyone?

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Let’s hear it for the cake.  After all, it’s all about the cake!

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Josie with Aaron, her delightful and oh so smart son!

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Did you see all the Flora Danica in the last photo?  Oh my.  Each piece, created for the crown heads of Denmark is hand painted, unique and botanically correct.

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See….lots of presents but only two eggs! How I thank you dear Valerie for this extraordinary, memorable afternoon!IMG 9029

Time for Carol to take Duchess for a walkie as she had patiently waited in the car for so long!

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Kita wishes you lots of fun ‘walks’ this week!

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