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.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron