I took a photo of the ume (plum) tree in bloom.
Full bloom flowers that will be `gone` by next time I am here.
That would be my `by gone` post for today I thought.
But then I put the camera on the wood floor and started backing up. An elegant light came into play and I snapped away.
As more of the wood floor showed through,
there was another bygone story to tell...
The wood floor and the garden with the ume tree are in the ko-min-kan (community centre) where I teach my yoga dance classes. The community centre was a gift to our neighbourhood from a woman who used to have her house on this site. Her name is Kono-san. I never knew her though, until she passed away and bequeathed a community centre to be built where her house was.
Her wish was to keep the ume tree and rocks from her Japanese garden, so the community centre was designed to her wishes with three main spaces that centre around the garden--the large room with the wood floor (pictured abstractly in the photos above, this is the room I rent for yoga dance), a smaller tatami room, and a community space with a small kitchen.
She is gone but her spirit carries on through her generous and beautiful gift to the community. And perhaps she returns with the pink and white ume flowers that come into blossom every February.
PS it`s a wonderful space. Please come join me Friday morning for yoga dance there!
Happy Corner View!... Thank you Francesca for hosting, Jane for founding, and Nicki for the theme.…this weeks theme is bygones.