Monday, May 13, 2013

Radiance in the Newborns


Now is the time everything looks brilliant. I feel the pleasant breeze with fresh leaves and flowers swaying and bowing. Roses in my garden are about to bloom.





it unfurled now






                                                 What shall I call thee?
                                                 “I happy am.
                                                 Joy is my name”
                                                 Sweet joy befall thee!

                                                 Sweet joy I call thee.
                                                 Thou dost smile
                                                 I sing the while
                                                 Sweet joy befall thee!
                      (from Infant Joy by William Blake, thank you for introducing ,Ekaterina)

His fresh mom breastfeeds and holds him in her arms as often and as much as he wants. She uses cloth diapers to reuse them. To see cloth diapers being hung out brought back good old memories of mine.


in March






My husband and I wanted to plant a tree in celebration of his birth and came across 源平しだれ桃( weeping red and white peach tree). It has red and white and mixed colored blossoms from one single tree. 

Peach flowers for a boy? Aren't they for girls for a peach festival? Oh, don’t forget there’s a famous fairy tale Momotaro, Peach Boy, who is courageous enough to go out to wipe out ogres. 

Multi colored blossoms are frivolous? I don’t care. A combination of a red and white color gives a festive appearance and has been traditionally used in happy, congratulatory occasions such as a form of 饅頭(Japanese sweets) or a curtain whose pattern is vertical red and white stripe. We are looking forward to seeing this tree growing as he is .











A newborn infant is called Aka-chan (Dear Red) here because of their reddish skin, just like these young leaves of the maple tree.







Coo enjoys playing outside for a while; nosing around or chasing flies, ended up falling over flower beds, spoiling flowers...

46 comments:

  1. To plant a tree for celebration of birth is a fascinate idea! Your grandson and your Coo look very happy and your capture of their scenes convey me your happiness, too.

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    1. Thank you, haricot.
      Actually when our daughter was born, we planted 八重桜 at our previous house, where brother-in-law's family are living now. It is still there.
      Enjoy balmy days, haricot.

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  2. Hello Cosmo!
    Your garden is vibrant and beautiful,as is your grandson.......both full of Spring promise! The red and white peach blossom is gorgeous,I'm sure it will be bring great joy watching the tree mature.And Coo is doing what cats do,obviously not worried about stinging insects!

    Have a lovely week,
    Ruby

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    1. So far, Coo's living area is not so expanded, he is free from any nasty insects.
      I'm looking forward to seeing how my grandson and the tree are growing next year.
      A lovely week to you too, Ruby.

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  3. Beautiful post! And a very cute grandson. I like the idea of planting that tree. The color is great. Enjoy your time whit the baby:-)

    Hugs from north!

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  4. What a pretty baby! I think that the multi coloured blossoms are beautiful and it is such a good idea to buy a tree for him. I am sure he will be proud of it when he has grown up!

    I, too, am very glad that Spring has come at last. Two weeks ago it seemed like winter.

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    1. I hope he will know how much his grandparents were glad he was born to see the tree when he has grown up.
      Well, my sister and her husband are going on a trip to London next week. It's good to hear Spring has come at your part of the world now.
      Happy days ahead, Jenny.

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  5. Coo is so sweet and happy. Your garden is beautiful!
    Happy spring!

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  6. 源平しだれ桃っていうんですか。桃太郎とは、いい考えですね。Cooも、ナイスモデルですね。花々に囲まれて、いい表情してます。
    コスモスさんにとって、幸福な春ですね。お孫さんの元気な成長をお祈りします。

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    1. 最初は白の枝垂れ梅にしようかなと思っていたんですが、たまたま咲いているのを見て面白いなと。
      別の所で見たエゴの木や、アーモンドの木も好きだったのですが、配送と植込みのサービスがなかったので。孫もますます可愛くなってきています^^

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  7. cosmosさん こんにちは
     手入れの行き届いた美しいお庭で、優しい花々に囲まれて遊ぶCooちゃん。
     そして希愛情溢れるご家庭に誕生されたShoくん。
     溢れるばかりの希望の光の中、健やかに成長されますこと心からお祈りしています。

     cosmosさんのお慶びが伝わり、私まで嬉しくなります。 
     幸せはただそれだけで貴いものですね。(*´∇`*)

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    1. 手入れは行き届いてないんです^^;手間のいらないように選んでいる、我が家の春定番の花々です。小花が溢れている感じが好きです。今年は薔薇が元気なようで、今次々と花を咲かせています。
      赤ちゃんは誰でも3歳までは天使だとか。それから人間になるのでしょうか。健やかに育ってくれることを願っています。

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  8. This spring must be one of the sweetest ones yet for you and your family. When the little one is old enough to help you in the garden, I think he will enjoy taking care of his own tree.

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    1. He might think the tree is too colorful^^; I hope both of them will be thriving.

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  9. Hi,Cosmos
    綺麗なお庭ですね~~。お花満開で手入れも行き届いて素晴らしい!幸せ一杯のポストです。ママを見るsho-君の笑顔なんて可愛いのでしょう。桃からうまれた桃太郎。愛情あふれるCosmosさんご夫妻だからこそのアイデアだと思います。元気いっぱいに成長されることお祈りいたします。本当におめでとう!!

    最近週末パソコンuserになってまして遅い訪問になりました。
    良い一日を!
    Tomoko

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    1. 特別な花は何もないんですが、春らしい愛らしい草花で溢れている感じが好きで、ノースポール、ビオラ、忘れな草は春の定番です。またそろそろ植え替え時ですが。赤ちゃんの笑顔、それがあるから親はがんばれるんだというのが見ていてよくわかります。エネルギーをもらえますね。

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  10. この出窓外の薔薇はもう咲いている頃でしょうか? 手入れのよく行き届いたお庭は季節ごとにすばらしく、特に春先から紫陽花のころまでは息をのむ美しさ。Cooちゃんもきっとお庭の散策を楽しんでいるでしょう。今年は訪問できず残念です。

    翔くん、2か月とは思えないほどしっかりしていますね。2週間までは優等生のようだった我が家の悠くんは、特に夕方にぐずぐずしたり、大泣きしたりするようになりましたが、そんな時、庭の風に少し吹かれたりすると落ち着くようです。春生まれの赤ちゃんは気候的に育てやすいですね。

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    1. 今年の薔薇、元気に花を咲かせてくれています。悠くん、大泣きの時間は必要なんでしょうね。翔くんもよく泣いていましたが、今はよく笑うようになっています。先日は初めての予防接種だったようですが、最初ちょっと泣いて、あとは先生にも笑顔をふりまいていたみたいです。赤ちゃんの成長の早いのには驚かされます。たくさんの幸せをもらえますね^^

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  11. What a wonderful place your garden is!!! I always look around my neighbourhood for such "happy patches" with lots of flowers and colours! And they give me such a feeling of joy!
    I believe that your grandson will come to love his tree just BECAUSE it is not only white, but a delightful combination of white,pink and red!Like an invitation to have a nice character...
    Thank you for visiting my blog; I admit I have been rather lazy this past year and did not post at all....but I have to get over it and show my fresh crop of photos meant to "idolize" Spring!

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    1. Welcome back, Gabriela.
      I hope he might not think it is too colorful^^, wishing him to develop a nice character as you say.
      Looking forward to visiting your posts again.

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  12. こんにちは!かわいらしい赤ちゃん、翔くんっておっしゃるんですね。満ち足りて幸せいっぱいの笑顔です。

    お庭もすばらしい!私も花いっぱいのお庭にしたいんですが、私がずぼらでどうにもなりません。
    源平枝垂れ桃、素敵なアイデアです。

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    1. 私も相当ずぼらです^^; ずぼらでも我慢してくれる花を選んでいます。
      私の甥っこの娘は桜井翔くんの大ファンで、孫が翔クン(翔輔というのですが)と聞いて、ビミョ~だそうです^^

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  13.  こんばんは。美しい庭と可愛い赤ちゃん。 幸せを絵に描いた様です。(ブログかな) 源平枝垂れ桃もとても素敵です。
     イロハカエデもとても綺麗です。

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    1. 写真ではわかりにくいですが、これはオオモミジです。大ぶりの葉で、イロハモミジの繊細さに欠けますが、若葉のころのさわやかな緑と先端の赤い新芽が美しい対比で気に入っています。来年の枝垂れ桃、どれくらい花を咲かせてくれるのでしょうか。

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  14. Dear Keiko,
    How sweet and flourishing your grandson is! Time flies so quickly, I can't believe how much he has grown already. It feels like yesterday the day he was born... And now, celebrating a new life by planting another. What a great choice, Keiko, I'm sure this two coloured weeping peach tree will bring your grandson health and good fortune in life! Red for a strong character, white for a pure heart.
    Though I'm sure it is more difficult like this, I liked to hear your daughter uses cloth diapers (I have a friend doing the same). It's good to see how people rediscover positive aspects in doing some things the old-fashioned way.
    Your garden looks marvelous and so is your header! So vibrant, so vivid and rich, so inviting I completely understand Coo playing and... testing every flower in it. I feel like kissing his curious, naughty nose. :)

    I'm very happy to see you are doing fine and I wish you sunny days ahead!

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    1. Dear Roxana,
      I love the way you put those colors! How nice! I wish he will develop a strong with pure heart and yet flexible character.
      To see my daughter dealing with a baby makes me feel she got mature, more mature than I! Thank you for your lovey words to Coo. In his shy streak, he will pretend to be blunt, though.
      Lovely days ahead, Roxana.

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  15. こんにちわ。

    色とりどりの花も眩しい季節になりました。 お庭がずいぶんと賑やかなようですね。

    お孫さんおめでとうございます。赤ちゃんの生命力が手に伝わってくるようです。

    よい節句を迎えられますように。

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    1. ありがとうございます。春のエネルギーとともに赤ちゃんの持つ無垢のエネルギーも大きな力だと感じます。
      健やかに育ってくれるよう祈っています。

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  16. お孫さんのご誕生、おめでとうございます。かわいいですね! きっと目に入れても痛くない!翔君の笑顔、何とも愛らしい!そしてお庭が本当にすばらしいです。cooちゃん楽しそう! cooちゃんはお庭から出て道路のほうには行きませんか? うちはそれが心配で外にほとんど出さないんですが。 

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    1. Cooはとても臆病な猫なので、人目のある所には出て行きません。でも去年だったか庭に出してしばらくしていなくなっているのに気が付きました。3日3晩帰ってこなかったのです!!どんなに心配したか。ボランティアさんに相談したら(ボランティアさんからは外に出さないでと言われていたのですが^^;)、初めて外に出た猫は怖くて身動きがそれなくてすくんでいるはずだと。3日ぐらいしたら動き出すと。まさにそうでした。まる3日めにないて出てきました。もうホッとして涙がでました。しばらくはCooも懲りて?外に出たがらなかったのですが、やはりたまに出たいようです。最近は出してもしばらく遊んだら入ってくるようになりました。Sapphireさん宅の猫ちゃん、別にどうしても外に出たいようでもないなら、お家にいた方が心配がなくていいですよね。

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  17. It's Sunday evening, so I'm catching up with everybody, and ... what a lovely, happy post this is!

    I love しだれ桃. I hope the baby and the tree both grow up strong!

    PS: Is Coo the だるまさんがころんだ cat? ^^

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    1. Right! Coo is so funny shy agile and half-witted cat^^
      The cat in the video clip you showed is just like him!

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  18. Oh, how sweet cosmos, you grandson is blessed with such a lovely cute smile! Spreading cheer all around just like the pretty rose, the peach tree or the multi colored blossoms. I wish him and all the family lots of joy and happiness in the growing years and beyond, always. Lovely hue of the maple leaves, a perfect compliment to the new born -- both in color and in tender delicateness. A glimpse of Coo at the end of the post just broadened my smile, I cant imagine him doing anything other but jumping on the flowers and spoiling them! :)

    Wish you happy joyful days, cosmos. Take care. :)

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    1. Dear Arti,
      Your writing itself in beautiful English makes me feel warm comfortable and happy. Yes. Newborns bring us lots of joy with their innocent stainless smiles. I hope their futures are bright ones.
      Coo is a few years senior to the baby, he was trying to keep his eyes on the baby by sitting around him, almost dozing off though ^ ^

      Have a lovely week ahead, Arti.

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  19. lovely images of the flowers and other plants!! your grandson is so cute!!! many many congrats~~

    http://www.myunfinishedlife.com

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    1. Thank you for visiting, shooting star!

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  20. Wow, how beautiful the roses! Your plan to plant climbing roses in front of the bay window is so successful! You really have a green thumb, cosmos.

    Our roses are poor this year (or as always?), though they have their own beauty and they look enough lovely. My husband and I didn’t do anything but pruning or fertilizing as we want our garden safe to our little Fu.

    I look forward to seeing your roses in person maybe in autumn or next year.

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  21. cosmosさん こんにちは。 いつもありがとうございます。
     優しいピンクのバラと鮮やかなピンクの花が 窓辺を実に綺麗に飾られていますね。素晴らしい!
     cosmosさんとクーちゃんは この緑の窓辺でいつも季節を楽しまれているのですね。 
     庭の花の 色の配色は大事ですね。ふむふむ“〆(゚_゚*)

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  22. °º° ✿✿彡

    Que jardim maravilhoso!!!
    Muita saúde e felicidade para o bebê e para todos vocês.
    Bom fim de semana.
    Beijinhos do Brasil.
    ¸.•°❤❤⊱彡

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  23. Hello, cosmos.

      Congratulations. New birth.

      It is my joy to share your wonderful work.
      And sweet message charms my heart.

      I pray for your happiness and world peace.

    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma ❃

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  24. ╮✿ °•.¸

    Bom domingo!
    Boa semana!
    °º✿♫ Beijinhos.
    °º✿

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  25. Thank you, Stardust, Anzu, Ruma, Magia for visiting here again. Now the pace of updating a blog is very slow but I'm enjoying it at my own pace.

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  26. こんにちわ。

    バラ、桃、共に透明感のある撮影で、花びらが透けて見えそうです。
    こんなに綺麗な花が身近にあると、カメラの重量を感じないかもしれません。

    どんな花でも、背景の緑がより一層美しさを引き立ててくれます。
    すばらしいお庭を、いつまでも大切になさってください。

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  27. Such a touching post - and how wonderful to plant a tree to celebrate a birth. Many congratulations! Minerva x

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