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Postcards of China 3: Food!

An army may march on its stomach. Tour groups do not march but food becomes extremely important. I was looking forward to the food in China and some of it did not disappoint. 1,148 more words

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Postcards of China 2: Xishuangbanna area

Some things are not what they appear. This is not a dead leaf. It is in fact a butterfly – quite possibly Kallima inachus, also referred to as the orange oakleaf or dead leaf butterfly. 751 more words

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Rekindling childhood memories of chestnuts

It is chestnut season.

I have childhood memories of roasting chestnuts on the fire, for I had a Dunedin childhood and an English mother. It was a seasonal treat, handling burning hot chestnuts to peel off the outer skin (usually burnt on one side) and then dipping them in butter and sprinkling with salt. 611 more words

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Rock on - our rockery in autumn

When I am old and maybe decrepit, needing to draw in the boundaries of the garden, I shall fluff around in the rockery. I really enjoy this area and, as we enter autumn, my heart sings with the new season blooms. 785 more words

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Postcards of China 1.

Random thoughts and snippets as I sort the photos from our recent trip to southern China. .

Ping ducks! Not the Yangtze River, but as soon as I saw these ducks, I recalled… 593 more words

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Plant Collector: bauhinia

I have a sentimental attachment to bauhinias with a personal memory of Mark bringing me a bauhinia flower in our early days together. It was just the most exotic and beautiful bloom. 236 more words

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An award!

I was going to head this “We Won!”. That would, of course, have been using “we” in the royal sense for I had nothing to do with developing this new cultivar, … 182 more words

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