Sunday, November 30, 2014

red clover

Trifolium pratense is a variety of clover found in New Zealand.  It is common in lawns. Like all clovers it has three leaflets, and creeping stems that set roots at whatever point they touch the ground. Flowers are red/purple. They are a member of the pea family Fabaceae and this means it can fix nitrogen from the air and therefore they favour poorly fertilised lawns.Though cloves are a nuisance in lawns it is an important plant in rural pastures.  It is also important for honey bees pollen collection. Clover honey is the most common honey type in New Zealand.

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Mango salad

You need two semi green mangoes ( still hard) cut into strips, and salt it a little.
Cut green and red capsicum the same strips as the mangoes.
Cut red onions into rings.
Cut cucumber into strips,
Cut carrots into thin stricks
Chop spring onions.
Chop one chilli or 1/2 spoon dried chilli flakes,
One lemon juice,(can use 2 spoons of vinegar)
2 spoon sugar,
1 spoon salt,
1 teaspoon of fish sauce.(optional if you can't stand the smell or taste)

Mix all ingredients.
Chill and serve in a big glass bowl.

Optional, soft 1/2 a pack of Chinese pea vermicelli aka called TUNG FEN in Chinese in hot water. Drain well. This is the type used by Pasifika people in their chop suez.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Flower: Ornamental Kale

I used to think that Kale was a vegetable. I saw this in a florist, and bought it for my daughter G when she came home for dinner. The florist said it would last 2 weeks, but the outer petals started to droop after two days.

Woman to appeal against 'fun' bum slap ruling

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Cherie Howie

Cherie Howie is a reporter for the Herald on Sunday.
Woman to appeal against 'fun' bum slap ruling

A boss who slapped his employee's bottom has praised the Employment Relations Authority for not automatically favouring the woman complainant by finding it was not sexual harassment, but a "fun slap".
In a judgment released this week, authority member Anna Fitzgibbon found The Plant Place owner Bruce Sanson did not sexually harass former employee Ella Newman.
This afternoon Newman responded that she was "disappointed ... but feeling strong" and would appeal.
The 23-year-old resigned the day after the December 2013 incident, and then alleged Sanson had previously sexually harassed her during the two years she worked at his Hamilton garden centre.
Fitzgibbon rejected those claims, calling Newman an unreliable witness and questioning why she did not complain earlier.
The December 2013 bottom slap was "inappropriate and should not be repeated" but took place during a joke, Fitzgibbon said.
"Ms Newman was being cheeky about Mr Sanson's floppy hat and he slapped her on the bottom. It was a one-off slap, which I accept was a 'fun slap'."
Mr Sanson told the Herald on Sunday the finding was "groundbreaking".
"I assumed there would be too many precedents before it that would disallow it [being thrown out]. I don't think many [sexual harassment] cases get thrown out .. that was my only worry, that the girl would get more believed than the guy."
The slap was his first and last to a woman.
"It was something that just happened and you wished afterwards it probably shouldn't have happened ... I always thought she was a good friend and the relationship would've handled that."
The slap was "never a real case of sexual harassment".
"Wise counsel should have been brought to bear and good advice given in the earlier part of the year by people that should've known better than to let it go on."
Other incidents alleged by Newman were not true. They "bumped each other" in the small work space, but it wasn't sexual, Sanson said.
"She wasn't my type."
The single dad of adult children had offered Newman her job back.
"I still respect the girl. She's still a very good employee, I think it was just a youthful mistake. I thought she would've managed the garden centre within a year or two ... just because she's made a silly mistake doesn't mean that she's a bad person."
Newman stood by all her complaints and said the Roger Sutton case had convinced her "that I need to fight on".
Sutton, the Christchurch Earthquake Recovery Authority chief executive, was found to have committed serious misconduct after a female staff member complained of unwanted hugs and comments.
Newman said she felt "let down" by the authority. She had not complained about earlier incidents - which she alleged included bottom slapping - because she thought it might have been accidental.
She had glared at Sanson to make her feelings clear and a text sent after her resignation showed he knew what she was talking about, she said.
The "fun slap" was "unprovoked and forceful".
"I had to go to the doctor. I cannot reconcile what a 'fun slap' is, let alone in what ''context" an employer now seems to be able to do it ... I am 23, he is 61. It is simply not appropriate in any context ... I still can't understand how an employer can turn up to court, admit he assaulted me by slapping my bottom, and walk away thinking he has done nothing wrong."
Equal Opportunities Commissioner Jackie Blue said the Sutton affair put such behaviour in the spotlight.
"One of the things I would like to see come out of all of this is that woman should come forward," she said.
But she cautioned that incidents of a sexual nature had to meet a high threshold to be deemed as sexual harassment.
Sexual harassment was usually a repeated incident, and if it was a one-off incident it had to be quite significant and cause harm and detriment.
- additional reporting NZME.

I wrote to the Reporter .

Dear Cherie,

Thank you for your article. I am the writer of "Cry the Oppressed Women", women suffer from FUN slaps, women suffer from smite remarks.

35 years ago, fresh from university, in my first job, a manager was a feely touchy type. Once he gave me a Fun Slap on my bottom, I was very upset and couldn't concentrate on my work. Eventually, I went to his office and told him never to do it again.

If it had happened today, I would have sued him for sexual harassment.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

WELLA: Sabestian Professional

Shampoos that cleanse and care, conditioners that pamper and treatments that rebuild for a flawless FOUNDATION
 Sebastian Trilliance, shine preparation cleanser for all type of hair
 Sebastian Trilliant, thermal protection and shimmer-complex
Sebastian Trilliance shine preparation rinser for all types of hair.

When I was in between my first degree in Canada and my second degree in New Zealand, my aunt who owned the best salon in the town, suggested that I could come to her salon to learn to be a shampoo girl. She said I could work in the summer holidays in a hair and beauty salon. There she taught me the importance of using good  hair care products before I started to shampoo.  Her product was WELLA.

With the Christmas holiday coming up, whether it is for you to look glamorous for parties, or to give that "I don't know what to give" gift, WELLA is offering gorgeous limited packs from premium hair-care ranges. Sebastion Professional is one of them.

The Trilliance Pack features a 250ml shampoo, 250 ml conditioner and 150ml Trilliant. Formulated with rock crystal extract for added shine. Hair is left soft to touch with Trilliant thermal protection and shimmer complex, designed to gently condition hair.

I am given products to test to write this review, I am not paid.

Procter & Gamble serves approximately 4.8 billion people around the world with its brands.

Tru2U Christmas Packs :Tart Cherry


Tru2U Christmas Packs


What is better than giving yourself, your loved ones (children included) and friends a restorative sleep this Christmas?

Christchurch based business have extended their popular range of health-supporting products to include cute – and useful – gift packs, and we thought you might be interested in it as a Christmas present idea for your blog.
The new Christmas gift packs – all containing Tart Cherries or NZ Sweet Cherry (both of which help support restorative sleep with naturally occurring phytomelatonin) – are suitable for the whole family, helping to ensure those you love get quality sleep and natural health support

I have a friend, with a professional job who had trouble sleeping try out with Tart Cherries and this is his report.
As someone who can have trouble getting to sleep this struck me as a product with great potential, and I think it is a potential that was met - I feel I have been sleeping better since I have started taking it.
Tru2u is made from the juice of tart cherries, which the bottles says are high in phytomelatonin, a natural component of a good sleep cycle. The recommendation is to take it an hour before trying to sleep, either by itself or mixed in with something else. I quite like the flavour, but I also enjoy tart flavours.
I have continued to take this product nightly some weeks after first starting and there is a good reason I keep coming back to it.
by H.
I am not paid for this review, I am giving a bottle to try it out. 

salmon kebab

I prefer salmon sashimi, but not many people like raw fish.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Red:big truck

We were behind this big truck and couldn't overtake it.