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Birds are an integral part of Chinese village life with their constant presence in and among the houses, and in the paintings and carvings on traditional buildings

A house in Yuyuan village in which the traditional art of calligraphy is practiced in retirement by the owner, whose experience has spanned so much of modern Chinese cultural history.

Wildlife as garden ornament is perhaps the perfect choice for a Canadian Island garden. Make a pond, occasionally cut the grass, and sit back and watch. This Great Blue Heron on Quadra Island has come to terms with visiting a pond only a few meters from a house; the fishing is just so tempting. Tough on the salamanders going down its gullet but that is wild gardening, accepting life comes and goes in a natural rhythm.

Melissa Calohan is an artist in glass and metal. Many of her exquisite miniature sculptures of beetles, spiders and flies are wearable art. The iridescent quality of these bugs is captured in dichroic glass that shimmers and changes, bringing the pins to life and creating the most intriguing of jewellery.

Solar lights have brought a whole new element into my garden, encouraging me to experience dusk and darkness in the summer warmth.

Happily beautiful women still fill the gardens of China, just as they do in traditional Chinese art. Now however they record themselves.

Fun and Art and tasty too.

A delight of traditional Chinese gardens is the way the eye is led through spaces framed by windows and doors, themselves works of art.

Life and Art in Suzhou.

Traveling in China in the spring of 2016 we visited a number of beautiful old villages, exploring their architecture and seeing how this relates to the current owners use of the buildings.