Geranium: Flower power


Geranium is a genus of 422 species of flowering annualbiennial, and perennial plants that are commonly known as the cranesbills. They are found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of theMediterranean region. The long, palmately cleft leaves are broadly circular in form. The flowers have five petals and are coloured white, pink, purple or blue, often with distinctive veining. Geraniums will grow in any soil as long as it is not waterlogged. Propagation is by semiripe cuttings in summer, by seed, or by division in autumn or spring.

At night with a little sparkle of rain!









Entertainment by Trompie! Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge

I am still doing my “It’s Write Easy” meetings in our library.

Today we were celebrating our new published book for 2013.

It has 3 short stories or anecdotes in it  from the writers who attended the sessions in 2013.

We still had to do some writing for today.

I wrote a few lines on  Trompie  and me playing hide and seek.


November 29, 2013

Words: imagination, animals, zoo, fun fair, queue

I do not need my imagination or animals in the zoo, to entertain myself. My dog, Trompie, can be so funny at times that I usually can’t stop laughing at him. He knows many tricks to make me smile.

Yesterday was no exception! Trompie never lets me out of his sight for long. He always comes around after a  while to see if I am still inside or wherever I am. He was busy outside doing some bird watching while I started to get ready to wash the dishes.

I suddenly got the bright idea of playing hide and seek.

I went into the bathroom, then into my bedroom and then into the second bedroom where I kneeled behind the bed. I knew that Trompie would come and look for my. After about 5 minutes I heard him quickly rushing in. My unit has wooden floor so he slides more around the corners than run.

He came in at the kitchen, through the lounge, into my bedroom and out into the bathroom. Back to the kitchen door and outside. Quiet for a few second – listening and he could not hear or see my. Then he came back.

I could hear trip- trip, trip – sniff- sniff faster and faster. Into my bedroom, then the bathroom again and back into the passage.  “Oops” he missed the second bedroom the first time. He charged in and around the bed. Put his face into my face on the floor saying: “What the heck do you think you are doing? Hiding from me?! Never! You can’t escape me!”  He was so excited when he found me.

I had a good laugh at him while he was telling me what he thought of me on the floor, by barking at me. “Stupid old woman hiding from me behind the bed!”

I love to play with him. He gives me lots of joy and laughter while we are together.


What are you doing behind the bed?


Stupid old woman!


Here is Trompie on top of the bed

looking at me on the floor!




Woohoo! Mystery quilt finished!

Wow, my mystery quilt’s top is finished.

I still need to do the backing and binding.

I started getting pieces to piece together since March.

For ten months I stitched my different pieces together.

Yesterday I started to put the pieces together

Today I did the borders and here it is.

Take a peak!


From the side


One corner


Middle block


I love the Kiwiana material! Looks cool!


NZ bird of the year 2013: Mohua


Mohua crowned Bird of the Year

Photo: Mohua, Craig McKenzie.

The endangered mohua has been crowned Bird of the Year in Forest & Bird’s ninth annual poll. Green-party co-leader and mohua campaigner, Metiria Turei successfully launched this little known bird into the limelight with the catchy catch-cry “vote mohua, not monorail.” Habitat destruction, predation and climate change has reduced the range and population of the mohua. Once abundant in the South Island in the 1800s, the mohua now lives in a few forest patches in Otago and Southland. Forest & Bird’s southern branches have been instrumental in restoring a population around the Catlins.

November 2013