Monday, March 31, 2014

Red: Knitting

My oldest girl started knitting. She made a a possum/merinowool scarf. She dyed it antique rose colour. She even got her own label. BIG HUG love, Deb
2Like · · Promote ·

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fatsia japonica

Fatsia japonica (fatsi or Japanese aralia; 

 The name "fatsi" is an approximation of the old Japanese word for 'eight' (hachi in modern Japanese), referring to the eight lobes. In Japan it is known as yatsude, meaning "eight fingers"

Monday, March 24, 2014

Red: Love your dog.

 I was angry this dog carer left some dogs in the car leaving them in distress. Few days later, it happened again. I took this photo, and waited discretely. She came with a big dog struggling. I rang the number, then I hang up. I didn't have the heart to get her into trouble. The car does have grills on the window, the dogs were still in distress.

This car attracted my attention. It has grills fixed to the window of this car. In it was a dog. It was not in distress. A great idea when the driver has to go out for a short time and leave the dog inside the car.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Flowers: Camellias

 In February, I was visiting my friend at Sandringham when I spotted this  tree laden with red fruits.. I was amazed that nobody plucked the fruits. I asked my friend, he said, it is inedible, not even the birds come for them. These are the beautiful fruits of the Camellia tree.

Here in Auckland, we have lots and lots of Camellias of different colours. This soft pink Camellia is the first of the season right now in my garden. You can press the seed to get a few drops of tea flavored oil for cooking or to soften your skin.
Camellia, the camellias, is a genus of flowering plants in the family Theaceae. They are found in eastern and southern Asia, from the Himalaya east to Japan and Indonesia. There are 100–250 described species, with some controversy over the exact number. The genus was named by Linnaeus after the Jesuit botanist Georg Joseph Kamel from Brno, who worked in the Philippines, though he never described a camellia. This genus is famous throughout East Asia; camellias are known as cháhuā (茶花) in Chinese, "flowering tea",

The most famous member – though often not recognized as a camellia – is certainly the tea plant (C. sinensis). Among the ornamental species, the Japanese Camellia (C. japonica) (which despite its name is also found in Korea and Eastern China) and C. sasanqua are perhaps the most widely known, though most camellias grown for their flowers are cultivars or hybrids.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Red: Red Machine.

Photo: took this in Australia, can't remember what it is.
Took this in Australia, can't remember what it was for. It was at one of the many bridges in Brisbane.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Friday Flowers: Wild summer flowers

Wild summer flowers at Bethalls Beach

Photo: wild flowers at Bethalls for my friend Tso Soo Leng Fung

Friday Flower: birds of paradise in summer

When I saw the clump of Birds paradise plant in Summer, I thought to myself, only a bereaved mother would see beauty in a dead flower.

a flower,
all shrivelled up,
is there still beauty in it?
Is there any use?

a seed,
Unless it falls to the ground,
and dies,
there is not much use in it,
If it dies,
It produces many seeds.

My author page

  When you cry, I cry with you. I too lost my baby.

Writer, Mum, Teacher, Parent Advocate, Public Speaker.
“Diary of a bereaved mum, Goodbye my baby”
“From China to Borneo to Beyond”
“Mail Order Mail”

Ann Kit Suet Chin-Chan
Ann Chin was born in British Sarawak in Borneo.
She graduated from the University of Windsor (Canada), Auckland University and Auckland University of Technology.
She teaches ESOL to children and adults.
Her favourite charity is the Deaf children in Kenya. She helped raise funds to separate the pair of Nepalese Siamese twins in Singapore.
Ann is mum to 3 surviving children and angel Andrew, (29.9 to 22.11.1989). Ann is married to Dr. Chen Chen Onn PhD.
Her first book was written as a therapy for herself and to help other bereaved parents. Ann appeared in a National NZ TV Documentary, “It’s OK to cry.” A Write-up in the Aucklander and her book “Diary of a bereaved mother,” was exhibited at the Peacock Art Gallery, Upton Country, Dorset Park, England.
Her books are circulated in New Zealand, Australian and Malaysian libraries.

Photo: courtesy Francis Chen

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Flowers: Snowdrops

For my Northern Hemisphere friends, especially for Ellen, a symbol of new life.

Galanthus (Snowdrop; Greek gála "milk", ánthos "flower") is a small genus of about 20 species of bulbous herbaceous plants in the Amaryllis family. Most flower in winter, before the vernal equinox (21 March in the Northern Hemisphere), but certain species flower in early spring and late autumn.

I did some research, my flower looks like Lily of the valley except my plant has thin blades of grass. fellow blogger posted hers. Some say in New Zealand people call this snowdrops when it is in fact Snowflakes, leucojums which bloom in Spring. Whatever it is, it is beautiful and I have claimed it to be mine.

My clump of Snowdrops bloom this week. It is a very resilient plant as my mower mows over it every time he mows the lawn. Sometimes if I am home when he comes, I tell him ,"Please No." He flashes his white teeth, and the next time, he mows over it again.

When I moved house, I tried to dig up the bulbs, they were buried deep in the ground. I didn't have a spade. I managed to get a few, and put it in pots and forgot about it. I will have to wait until spring to see if they grew.

I like Snowdrops. My Chinese name is Pure Snow. My sis E is Pure Ice. An Uncle told me that my Dad had a problem in his head for naming us as such. We will be like ice and snow in our personality. Stone cold and we won't have any friends. Luckily, he was wrong. I have lots of friends everywhere I go. In fact, when I was leaving Singapore, I was asked if I would miss it. I said," No, but I would miss my friends."