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“It came from Playamart…”Would any of you like to guess the purpose of this piece of driftwood from the nearby beach?

“Suzanne takes you down to her place by the river…” (Leonard Cohen)

Jama Ecuador (Manabi Province)

When one of the Ecuador Expat tours visited Casa Loca, someone asked me, “Do you know Leonard Cohen’s song, Suzanne?”

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“I do!” I smiled, though I didn’t say that it was often on my painting playlist…

She added, “I just met Suzanne.”

I smiled, reflected on some of the lines and peered at myself through her eyes.  She was probably correct!

Although I have many images of the newest ‘driftwood’ projects, I left the USB stick with those images at the house.  While using faster internet in town, I am pairing a few new ones with older ones from the archives.

Quite handy for a kitchen towel!

Quite handy for a kitchen towel!

Here are some older photos and a few lines from the song to illustrate her point:

…Suzanne takes you down to her place near the river…


Low tide – before the mangroves were removed…

You can hear the boats go by
You can spend the night beside her…

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And you know that she’s half crazy
But that’s why you want to be there

HAPPY AND PAINTING! (2012 Mola Series Exhibition)

HAPPY AND PAINTING! (2012 Mola Series Exhibition)

And she feeds you tea and oranges that come all the way from China… (May I substitute flowers from the yard?)

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Zeebra Surprises

Then she gets you on her wavelength
And she lets the river answer…

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..Now Suzanne takes your hand
And she leads you to the river
She is wearing rags and feathers
From Salvation Army counters

(Can you hear us, Lisa?  It's raining!)

(Can you hear us, Lisa? It’s raining!)


And the sun pours down like honey
On our lady of the harbour
And she shows you where to look
Among the garbage and the flowers…

Do you see anything useful here?

Do you see anything useful here?

It came from Playamart!

It came from Playamart!

There are heroes in the seaweed
There are children in the morning
They are leaning out for love
And they will lean that way forever
While Suzanne holds the mirror…

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“It came from Playamart!” Acrylic (and one lure) on driftwood scrap.

(*Back to reality) …The kitchen faucet needed repair, though I suspected that removing the hardware might create larger problems, and getting replacement parts involved an all-day road trip.  It seemed easier to run a direct line up the corner-side of the house, along the thatched ramada and into the kitchen sink in authentic farmhouse style.   Using various sizes of bamboo, I was able to conceal the line with a decorative solution!   The towel rack added a touch of whimsy.

Creative ways to hide a waterline!

Creative ways to hide a waterline!

I look forward to showing you more unique treasures found between the garbage and the flowers!

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Details coming as soon as possible!

Photo taken at dark-thirty yesterday; details coming as soon as possible!

This post works well with the WordPress Daily Prompt:  OPENING LINES.   Check out other creative uses of the opening lines to songs.

See you again soon, I hope!