The Changing Seasons: February 2020

Believe it or not, this was taken on a rainy morning. Despite the insistent drizzle, the sun did its best to assert its presence.

That has been our February.

We have been on a self-imposed social quarantine in response to the Covid-19 outbreak. We imagine we are on a staycation with lots of opportunities to entertain ourselves at home. One of the benefits of homeschooling previously is we are geared up for exactly this sort of thing. We have space and time to catch up on projects put on hold, and to make lots and lots of goodies!

Are you affected by this public health issue? How are you coping?

Leaving you with one of my favourite songs by a currently favourite band. Keep safe & stay healthy!

Feature Photo taken at Swan Lake, Singapore Botanic Gardens

This is my contribution to The Changing Seasons hosted by Su at zimmerbitch.

Culture of Vanda Miss Joaquim

Culture3The Vanda Miss Joaqium is Singapore’s national flower. It was chosen in April 1981 for its vibrant colour, hardiness and resilience – qualities which embody the ideal of the Singapore spirit.

There is some excitement to the story of this first Vanda hybrid. There was doubt cast on Agnes Joaquim for crossing Vanda Hookeriana and Vanda Teres, two orchids commonly cultivated in gardens in Singapore in the late 19th century. It was speculated by some that she merely discovered the hybrid in her garden. After numerous investigations, the National Heritage Board and the Singapore Botanic Gardens amended their official records in 2016 to reflect credit to Miss Joaquim. This engaging encounter is found in an article called Blooming Lies: The Vanda Miss Joaquim Story.

Grove of Vanda Miss Joaquim orchids found near the Bandstand, Singapore Botanic Gardens

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little surprising treasures

“Darling, when you run tomorrow morning, see if you can find this?” came this request as he pushed his computer in front of my nose. Peering at his photograph of what looked like a sweet bun nestled among leaves, I looked enquiringly at him as Loving Husband explained that he chanced upon this curiosity, stark against the dark of foliage, made even more interesting in the twilight hour of his run in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. “I want to know what it looks like now” he explained. Continue reading “little surprising treasures”

The Windows

In these dark rooms where I live out empty days,
I wander round and round
trying to find the windows.
It will be a great relief when a window opens.
But the windows aren’t there to be found –
or at least I can’t find them.
Perhaps the light will prove another tyranny.
Who knows what new things it will expose?

“The Windows” by C P Cavafy, 1903

Poem taken from Collected Poems translated by Edmund Keeley and Philip Sherrard, The Hogarth Press Continue reading “The Windows”