Sunday, January 22, 2017

Auckland University and The Playgroup Club.

My 9th book is now circulated in my Alma Mater. When I was studying at the Old Arts building and Choral Hall, I probably never thought of writing books, needless to say I would find my books in the library.

My rainbow child.

My Rainbow child

The weather is hotting up, my rainbow  child is back at the beach, getting very tan.

I learn for the first time the term Rainbow babies from a fellow bereaved mum, Caterine from Australia.

Rainbow babies are conceived after the lost of a baby.

"Rainbow Babies" are the understanding that the beauty of a rainbow does not negate the ravages of the storm. When a rainbow

appears, it does not mean that the storm never happened or that the family is not still dealing with its aftermath. What it means is that something beautiful and full of light has appeared in the midst of the darkness and the clouds. Storm clouds may still loom over but the rainbow provides a counterbalance of color, energy, and much needed hope.

Many mums for various reasons choose not tohave rainbow babies, and many well meaning people tell them, " You will be alright, you can soon have another."

For me, my rainbow baby came 7 years after Andrew died. I had not planned for him. I went through hell during my pregancy because I was worried I would have a repeat of Andrew.

Flowers: Hydrangea

I have lots of stories about the hydrangea. In the house when Andrew was born, women came to help themselves with the hydrangea. In another house, my neighbour chopped off the whole hedge. He said, he didn't want burglars hide beside the hedge.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

B for bag

My sister Grace made this bag. It is a cake.

I have an anecdote of a metallic clutch bag. In 1990, my husband got a job lecturing in the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. Before we left New Zealand, my girl friend B. said, "Ann, you will be an important wife and will be going to dinner parties, so let's go and buy you a good Oroton bag."

So off we went, I bought a silver metallic bag. In the sixteen years I was there, I have never been invited to an important dinner party, even though he became an associate professor. In reality, they didn't invite wives.

When I came back to New Zealand, I gave the bag to Deborah. Hopefully she will get to attend important dinner parties. LOL

Monday, January 16, 2017

Adopt A Star

Some bereaved parents adopt a star to the memory of their deceased child.

Adopt A Star

Wrap up an out-of-this-world gift and give your loved one a star!

Do you know someone who deserves a special gift or an occasion that should be honoured with a star? We invite you to adopt-a-star!

Adopting a Star makes a really special gift and is a wonderful way to honour an occasion. Adopt your own star, and you’ll get a personalised certificate dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event, a star chart to show you where to find the star, some background information on the star’s constellation, and a ticket to see a show at Stardome.
For $60, you will receive a special pack with the dedicating the selected star.
Each Adopt-a-Star pack contains:
  • A presentation certificate (suitable for framing) dedicating the selected star to a nominated person or event.
  • A star chart showing where to find the star in the night sky.
  • Background information on the star’s constellation.
  • One Adult Pass (or two Child Passes) to a planetarium show at Stardome.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Common chicory

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Frisee is also marketed under the name Curly endive and in France as chicorée Frisée.

Roquet French, in english called rocket, italian Aragula, I grow both italian chicorino with the blue flowers and French roquet with the white flowers above. both are very attractive. I like this concept, first the salads and then the pleasure of the flowers. Then seed again and the process returns, Nature is unbeatable!

Common chicory is also known as blue daisy, blue dandelion, blue sailors, blue weed, bunk, coffeeweed, cornflower, hendibeh, horseweed, ragged sailors, succory, wild bachelor's buttons, and wild endive.[

knitting for my children

 I crash gated on a group of about ten ladies in the MABC craft group. I was meeting my friend C for another meeting, but got in too late because I forgot where I placed my sets of knitting needles and I forgot what size wool and needles I needed to make winter slippers.

I sort of budged into the lounge with empty hands and the ladies were wondering why i was there. Any way, I sat beside R, remember the lady I told you who had married for 61 years? She was very busy "knit purl knit purl."

R told me that she was knitting baby jackets for the leprosy mission. As a volunteer, she had knitted 150 of those. 150???? Ka Pai good job R.

I told her I knitted two of those, and have not knitted any since. We chatted, she said, may be I will when I become a grand mother. I flipped through her folder and found the pattern I used almost 25 years ago. I thought they were called scallops pattern but these ladies said it was feather something.

D, my 25 year old kept the pattern and I think one set of the pink jacket. I dug out the old photos. Was I clever? I made sets of matching jackets, leggings, booties, bonnets and beanies.