Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Sunday, January 28, 2007


a systematically arranged collection of dried plants.
  • a room or building housing such a collection
  • a box, cabinet or other receptacle in which dried plants are kept
ORIGIN late 18 th cent.: from late Latin from Latin herba "grass, herb"

I would like to present my great grandfather's "amateur" herbarium. Like me, he was a biologist as well. Even though he had a laboratory which produced beauty care products based on plants that he had cultivated, his real love was teaching, and in fact he became the principal of an important high school from Buenos Aires. Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to know him, and due to the veneration of my grandmother towards him, it is impossible to get the whole truth about him...

The great thing is that I have the honor to keep this herbarium which was kept so zealously by my grandmother until she realized that I was the next biologist in the family.

It is amazing how the plants are preserved, he was able to dry a cactus which is nearly impossible!. I invite you to see more pictures or details: here.

Following my great grandfather tradition I have been collecting plants for more than 10 years. My herbarium is more professional, It has all the requirements of a real one. I have more than 200 plants named and more waiting to be.... as soon as I have some free time!

For those who got inspired I leave you this link where you can read how to make your own.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Friday, January 26, 2007

y el cielo se nos vino en gracia...

Rainy Friday , our plants thankful.

nice weekend everyone...see you soon

Thursday, January 25, 2007

José González

We were introduced to José González by Andrea who gave us this cd.
Nice and soft, just as the pouring rain of today.

Thank you

Monday, January 22, 2007

A warm summer night

We had this great asado.

my brother is back

I cooked some Spicy andean potatos, cheese bread and salsa

Chocolate cake for dessert

Our guests

Friday, January 19, 2007

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Todo verde

This was strange... we had a caterpillar visiting our trash can.

My light summer lunch at school.

Monday, January 15, 2007

Weekend treasures

Sunday we went to Tigre and we stopped by an antique fair and looking through the bargains we found these vintage outlet covers very cheap.

Saturday, January 13, 2007

A secret well kept

Last night we went over to have dinner to a place called Almacén Secreto, it is a restaurante in a house and you only get in with a previous reservation. The food is mostly inspired in the northwestern Argentinian cuisine, the place is a really cozy spot colored in earth and is nicely hosted by this salteña girl called María.

The kitchen is within view

Some of the dishes: Tamal; Lamb and Polenta; Matambre and quinoa; Charqui

An organic red wine from Cafayate

One of our friends, Andrea, from San Francisco visiting

Friday, January 12, 2007

Getting closer

Thai finally is accepting Valentín...

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

one more tea...

This weekend I had the blessing of finally meeting Cecilia. I bought this beautiful ring from her and she brought me a moon calendar.
We talked a lot about plants among other interesting stuff and had tea.
I am glad to have a new friend!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Us . Nosotros

years . años

Monday, January 08, 2007

A country tour

Still some pictures from the Hayashi's trip to Argentina.
At Montes Grandes, my parent's house in the country.

Keiko and Steve

Kelly and Chris

The stars of the evening

The proud administrator, my dad

Friday, January 05, 2007

I * heart * Presents

Some delicious cooking salts, from Kelly and Chris

A custom made photo album of the Hayashi's first trip to Argentina from Kelly and Chris also, a glass and silver necklace from Scottie, a book from Keiko and Steve and a watering can from them also...

A special ilustration to hang on the christmas tree designed by my new blogger friend Cecilia

Wednesday, January 03, 2007

A new start

Fortunately I have not lost the idea of "white page" that every new year inspires...

Good life for everybody and I hope this is the year to see all of you that are away...