Travel Theme: Flowers


I love flowers and the last week was a real flower week for me and it is still flowers for this challenge also.


The following photos were taken at our annual Fuchsia flower show.

There were so many beauties that I could hardly pick from it.

There were also many begonias.


All so colorful.

Then my favourites



I took all the photos in 2009 at the show in Lower Hutt,  New Zealand.

Travel theme: Flowers

So this week’s travel theme should be a fairly easy, and hopefully joyful one. I can’t wait to see what flowers you have in your part of the world. If you’d like to join in, create your own post, title it “Travel theme: Flowers” and put a link to this page in your post so others can find it. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

Bring on the flowers!

xxx Ailsa


Story Challenge : Letter E – Emu


IUCN: Least concern

• A large, flightless bird, the emu is the second largest bird after the ostrich. Emus can grow up to 1.9m tall.

• Emus ingest large stones to help them break down their food.

• Female emus will lay up to 15 dark green eggs into a nest built by their mate.

The Emu (play /ˈmjuː/ or /ˈm/;[5] Dromaius novaehollandiae) is the largest bird native to Australia and the only extant member of the genus Dromaius. It is the second-largest extant bird in the world by height, after its ratite relative, the ostrich. There are three subspecies of Emus in Australia. The Emu is common over most of mainland Australia, although it avoids heavily populated areas, dense forest, and arid areas.[6]

The following photos were taken in the Wellington Zoo, New Zealand.

I am watching you! I love the glitter of your camera!

I specially did my hair for the photo session.

I have to give it a last go. How much are you going to pay me for the session?

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Sunday Post: ROAD

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I have two roads to introduce you to.  The first road is in South Africa.

This is the N1 Highway from Pretoria (TSWANE)

to Potgietersrus (MOKOPANE)

In the background are the “Waterberge” . This is just before you get the toll gate and

turn off to Potgietersrus.

The next ROAD is in New Zealand.

In the front is the road going to the shops/into town.

In the back ground is  State Highway 2 to Wellington  with the Hutt River at the one side.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Purple



Etymology and definitions

The word ‘purple’ comes from the Old English word purpul which derives from the Latin purpura, in turn from the Greek πορφύρα (porphura),[5] name of the Tyrian purple dyemanufactured in classical antiquity from a mucus secreted by the spiny dye-murex snail.[6][7]

The first recorded use of the word ‘purple’ in English was in the year AD 975.[8]

My early morning walk gave me a closed purple flower.

The sun was not up that high, they were still in the shade.

Right way up

The other critical ‘condition’ for successful planting is to put the bulb into the ground the right way up. The bulb shoot should be facing up and the roots down. With most bulbs this is easy to determine as they go in pointy side up. As with every rule, there are exceptions. In the case of bulbs the exceptions are anemones and ranunculus, two of the cheapest and most cheerful of spring-flowering bulbs to grow. Anemone and ranunculus have small, oddly shaped bulbs that are a little tricky to manage. Technically the small bulb on these plants is called a corm. Neither of these bulbous plants need a spell in the crisper before planting but they do grow best if replanted from fresh each autumn.

Anemone corms look like chocolate drops. They are planted pointy side down as the point is the root, not the growing tip. If you are in any doubt, plant the corm sideways. Ranunculus grow from claw-shaped corms. The claws are the roots and these go down into the soil.,5545


It’s write easy


It’s Write Easy

July 27, 2012

Words: rain, difficulty, special day, building, theatre

Special Day

There are  hand full’s of special days in my life.

One special day I remember is when my son was born.

We did not expect to have children because we got married at a mature age. One thing we discussed ,before we got married ,was the possibility of never having children. It was not in our hands. I am so glad it just happened.

My son was born on a Sunday evening   9.30pm. This happened on August 9, 1981. I was so proud to be a mother. My husband called my parents to tell them it was a boy. My mother, who picked up the phone, could not believe that it was a boy. She asked my husband if it was a twin because it was supposed to be a girl!.

Let me quickly explain: my side of the family are all female. My father was the last male in the family. That is why my mother could not believe it is a boy .

The birth of my son is a very special day and I will always remember it.

Then there is also something special connected to the August  9. After the democratic elections in South Africa  some special days were instated. I have to thank Nelson Mandela for taking the 9th of August as a special day for women. Every year on my sons’ birthday everybody could stay home because it was Women’s Day. My son enjoyed the idea of not going to school on his birthday.

Words for quick writing: flowers, embarrassment, summer, place, happiness


I love to take photos of flowers. The last two months I have been taking photos of my Cymbidium(orchid) I took photos from where the first spike started to come out. Then I kept an eye on it and took photos once a week on a Thursday. Every week I could see how it was growing. Then one evening the first flower opened and I took a photo again. Now all eight flowers are fully open.

I am so glad they all opened because orchids easily throw off their flowers or buds.

There is also a smaller second spike with only three flowers. They are also fully open now. I took a photo again this morning because the sun was shining and the flowers were in the sun inside my room. I usually like to take photos without a flash that is why it was great to have the sunlight shining on them.

 This is no 2 of my  52 Pick up – flowers



52 Pick Up: Week 31 Family


I came to New Zealand in March 2009.

All the family good byes.

My birthday is in February And here is my last birthday with my 2 sisters in South Africa 2009

We had a good time, I received an ice-cream with one candle from the staff.

Then it was goodbye to my older  sister  and her daughter and her grand children

I hang onto both of them!

At the airport my in-laws also came to say good-bye.

In New Zealand with my son!

(My sister came with me and visited for a month)

Then I had to go back in 2010

My sisters daughter and husband took me back again to the airport.

Here is my real last good-bye to the youngest daughter.

It is such a lovely photo I had to share it.

Good- bye South Africa

Some days I wish I could just hop over and visit my family again.

52 Pick up: Week 30 Flowers

Week 30: Flowers

Flowers is such a beautiful topic.  It is still winter in New Zealand and I am going to put some flowers on from last spring!


Species of the genus Rhododendron occur throughout most areas of the Northern Hemisphere and into the Southern Hemisphere in southeasternAsia and northern Australasia. No species are native to South America and Africa.[9]

The highest species diversity is found in the Himalayas from UttarakhandNepal and Sikkim to Yunnan and Sichuan, with other significant areas of diversity in the mountains of KoreaJapan and Taiwan.

Tropical rhododendron species range from southeast Asia to northern Australia, with 55 known species in Borneo and 164 in New Guinea. Interestingly, the species in New Guinea are native to subalpine moist grasslands at around 3000 metres above sea level in the Central Highlands.[10] Relatively fewer species occur in North America and Europe

Rhododendron (from Ancient Greek ῥόδον rhódon “rose” and δένδρον déndron “tree”)[2][3] is a genus of over 1000 species of woody plants in the heath family, either evergreen or deciduous. Most species have showy flowers.

Azaleas make up two subgenera of Rhododendron. The flowers of some hydrangeas can appear similar to those of some rhododendrons, but Hydrangea is in a different order.

The rhododendron is the national flower of Nepal.

Travel Theme: Tradition

Tradition is an integral part of any culture. The word comes from the Latin traditio, and means to transmit or hand over for safekeeping. It is something handed down from generation to generation, and can be a ritual, a holiday, socially meaningful clothes, even an object. Traditions can be widespread throughout a country or specific to just one family, and I thought it might make a fascinating travel theme.

What is your interpretation of tradition? If you’d like to join in, create your own post, title it “Travel theme: tradition” and put a link to this page in your blog post to make it easy for others to find your post. Don’t forget to check back in next Friday for a new travel theme.

What does tradition mean to you?

This is what Ailsa at wheresmybackpack says.

Next is my tradition story!

In South Africa we have a traditional “BRAAIVLEIS

And also traditional “POTJIE-KOS”

Camping gives the opportunity to do both

braaivleis and potjie

Camping with a tent

Umbrella table and chairs

At the bottom to the right  you can see a  “potjie”

All the meat and vegetables for the “potjie”

You are supposed to make a wood fire!

They are ready and waiting for the end result.

One potjie

Second “potjie”

It smells  and tastes delicious.

(Sorry, this wasn’t in South Africa. This was in New Zealand and some traditional stuff wasn’t available)

Story Challenge: Letter D

Guess what my letter stands for?  Yes, it for DOG

The whole week I was thinking about the letter D Story Challenge. I could not think of anything with D till I was walking with Trompie this morning. Yes, there it was I thought well DOG starts with D.

I want to share the following photos of my DOG 


Only 8 weeks old!(2010)

Same slipper and a bit older!

Look at me now. Still same slipper!

I am so cute!

I am a big dog now.

What do you think of me now?

About 18 months (2011)

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