Monday, January 16, 2017

Adopt A Star

Some bereaved parents adopt a star to the memory of their deceased child.

Adopt A Star

Wrap up an out-of-this-world gift and give your loved one a star!

Do you know someone who deserves a special gift or an occasion that should be honoured with a star? We invite you to adopt-a-star!

Adopting a Star makes a really special gift and is a wonderful way to honour an occasion. Adopt your own star, and you’ll get a personalised certificate dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event, a star chart to show you where to find the star, some background information on the star’s constellation, and a ticket to see a show at Stardome.
For $60, you will receive a special pack with the dedicating the selected star.
Each Adopt-a-Star pack contains:
  • A presentation certificate (suitable for framing) dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event.
  • A star chart showing where to find the star in the night sky.
  • Background information on the star’s constellation.
  • One Adult Pass (or two Child Passes) to a planetarium show at Stardome.
https://www.stardome.org.nz/visitor-info/adopt-a-star/

Friday, January 13, 2017

Common chicory

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Frisee is also marketed under the name Curly endive and in France as chicorée Frisée.

 
Roquet French, in english called rocket, italian Aragula, I grow both italian chicorino with the blue flowers and French roquet with the white flowers above. both are very attractive. I like this concept, first the salads and then the pleasure of the flowers. Then seed again and the process returns, Nature is unbeatable!


Common chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor's buttons, and wild endive.[

knitting for my children






 I crash gated on a group of about ten ladies in the MABC craft group. I was meeting my friend C for another meeting, but got in too late because I forgot where I placed my sets of knitting needles and I forgot what size wool and needles I needed to make winter slippers.

I sort of budged into the lounge with empty hands and the ladies were wondering why i was there. Any way, I sat beside R, remember the lady I told you who had married for 61 years? She was very busy "knit purl knit purl."

R told me that she was knitting baby jackets for the leprosy mission. As a volunteer, she had knitted 150 of those. 150???? Ka Pai good job R.

I told her I knitted two of those, and have not knitted any since. We chatted, she said, may be I will when I become a grand mother. I flipped through her folder and found the pattern I used almost 25 years ago. I thought they were called scallops pattern but these ladies said it was feather something.

D, my 25 year old kept the pattern and I think one set of the pink jacket. I dug out the old photos. Was I clever? I made sets of matching jackets, leggings, booties, bonnets and beanies.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Us and Stardome





http://www.stardome.org.nz/
We have our sweet story about the Stardome. Back almost forty years ago shortly after we were married. We didn't have children or nappies to worry about. We used to go around Auckland driving our Ford Escort. We were at the Stardome one evening, and we met this Japanese lady with her two pre-teen kids.
We said hi, and she thought we were Japanese.  My grand dad would have been proud of my hospitality and we struck up a conversation. They were very trusting when we offered to take them round Auckland. She was a plastic surgeon and was holidaying with her kids. We took them places that the tour  guides would not normally take tourists to.
The next evening, I cooked her dinner of pan fried mullet, steamed rice and veg. She was so pleased as they were tired of Kiwi food. When we took them back to their hotel, she told us to wait at the lobby
She came down with two beautiful dresses, a Japanese silk make-up bag, and two bangles. The dresses are long gone, but I can still remember them and the remarks of my Japanese dresses. One of the bangle was very unusual, it had some twenty "bangs" join together at the ends. The gold colouring had gone, and I asked a jeweller in Malaysia if he could coat it in gold for it. It proved too expensive, and he said, he won't recommend it.
I still keep them, as a token of our friendship. I have forgotten her face, but I guess she would remember the time when she met this couple who she said," very handsome couple who have no need of her professional services as a plastic surgeon." May be her son and daughter might come back to visit the Stardome and recollect the time they had pan fried mullet in our little apartment.

The other day, my daughter rummaged through my trinkets and found a neck version of the bracelet. I told her this story, and how I replaced the original bracelets had the plating gone.

angel's trumpets, friday flowers







Will some one please confirm this is Angel trumpet, or if it is not, what is it?

When I took the photo, I was sure it was, but looking at it again, I am not sure.
Brugmansia is a genus of seven species of flowering plants in the family Solanaceae. Their large, fragrant flowers give them their common name of angel's trumpets,


http://floralfridayfoto.blogspot.co.nz

Trumpet flower, Friday flowers

http://annsnowchin.blogspot.co.nz/2012/02/flowers-trumpet-vine.html  My archive blog

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