Cee’s Black and White Challenge: Smile for the Camera

Smile, you are on candid camera-1

Good morning from a warmer but windier Hastings day.

I have been thinking about this week’s prompt for Cee’s challenge at Cee’s Photography , thinking I didn’t have any photos.  But then I remembered that I had all these photos of horses.  So here is my photo.  Mindy looks like she is smiling for the camera.

I don’t have a lot of time to go through my reader today as I have my social snappers group so have to go out this morning.  I will catch up with you all later.


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Heads or Facial Features


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Friday’s Florals: Begonias

Begonias in the Sun-2

Begonias in the Sun-1

While I was visiting the Frimley Rose Gardens I came across these gorgeous pink begonias.  They make such a show, despite the colder temperatures.

Begonia is a genus of perennial flowering plants in the family Begoniaceae. The genus contains about 1,400 different plant species. The Begonias are native to moist subtropical and tropical climates. Some species are commonly grown indoors as ornamental houseplants in cooler climates. In cooler climates some species are cultivated outside in summertime for their bright colourful flowers, which have sepals but no petals.

Apparently they are rather easy to grow. There wasn’t a lot of information to be found on Wikipedia this week.  But I am a big fan of some trivia and here they are for this plant:

The cultivar ‘Kimjongilia‘ is a floral emblem of North Korea.

The Grateful Dead wrote the popular song “Scarlet Begonias“.

In the 1993 American comedy film Mrs. Doubtfire, a goat eats a begonia patch belonging to Miranda Hillard (played by Sally Field) during her son’s birthday party.

In NPR‘s game show, Ask Me Another, Ophira Eisenberg is the host. During the credits the puzzle creator exclaims anagrams of select credited persons’ names. Ophira Eisenberg anagrams to “Her Ripe Begonias”.

Most begonias are sour to the taste, and some people in some areas eat them. This is safe in small amounts but potentially toxic in large quantities due to the prevalence of oxalic acid in the tissues [13]

Friday's Florals

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