WPC: Treating Myself

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Good morning from a cool but sunny spring day here in Hastings.

Today is Halloween.  Here in New Zealand it is not generally celebrated. We always considered it something that was uniquely American.  Something that we saw in the movies.

Today I am holding an afternoon tea as a small housewarming party and because it was Halloween I have asked for everyone to bring some spooky inspired food.  That should be interesting to see what everyone comes up with.  Me, I brought an orange cake.  Actually I went out yesterday to find something to decorate the table – not much to be honest. A few costumes and plastic pumpkins which were so overpriced.  Nothing like you see in America – I am thinking of the sitcom Home Improvement.

 from The Daily Post has asked us for our special treats:-

This week’s photo challenge theme is “Treat,” an intentionally open-ended prompt. For many, candies aren’t a favorite indulgence. Maybe you’re a savory food lover, or you’ve gone on a beautiful vacation to treat yourself. Perhaps some quiet time alone with a beloved novel is your greatest pleasure. This week, share with us a photo of something that you consider a marvelous treat.

Anyway due to a good tax return I was able to treat myself to a Nikon 3300 with two lenses.  I have really noticed a difference in the quality of my photos.  And it is a treat for me to come home and find some interesting photos after uploading.  So here are a couple I have taken in the last week.

I also treated myself to the Nik Collection as well – which I am showing in my latest series on my Monochrome of the Day images.  I especially love the vintage affect.

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I chose the fern to support the All Blacks who are taking on Australia (the Wallabies) tomorrow morning in the Rugby World Cup.  That is all New Zealand is interested in at the moment.  So I shall be avoiding it tomorrow.  To be honest I will be glad when it is all over.  My predictions? – the best team on the day will win.

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The Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge: Treat

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https://tomwarrenphoto.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/a-study-of-leaves/

https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2015/10/30/weekly-photo-challenge-treat-raspberries-in-a-french-kitchen/

#FridayFoto: Forget The Tricks – Give Me The Treats Please…

What a coincidence! What a treat!

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Friday’s Florals: Forget-Me-Not- True Love

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Good morning from a grey and wet spring morning here in Hastings.

This week I have found this photo of the delicate forget-me-nots. They are such a delicate flower and the blue colour is so pretty.

One of my  favourite programmes is the Antique Roadshow.  In particular jewelry (there are some really lucky people out there).  In particular I love hearing about how the Victorians would use flowers to convey meanings.  I have read a lot of books written in the late 1800’s, towards the end of this era and flowers play a large part in them – whether it be to collect flowers, or to receive bouquets, heavy with meaning. So I did a bit of research this morning and found this website:

http://www.victorianbazaar.com/meanings.html

For centuries, flowers, herbs and various plants have given much pleasure to people of all the nations, because their beauty has the unique ability to bring cheer when someone is ill or downhearted, their fragrances can be used to make lovely perfumes, delicate foliage can be used for certain medicines and foods, and pungent smells can bestir mood.

In fact, they have been so outstanding in this regard, that there is no wonder that mankind has attached significant meanings to them… actually going as far as to formulate a language all their own called “floriography.” This “language” was particularly utilized during the Victorian era; however, flowers well into past generations have had religious and symbolic meanings, and still do today.

For example, there were references given to flowers, herbs and plants in Biblical times, and during the Middle Ages, herbs were even believed by some to have magical powers. Therefore, they were given a place of honor in the royal floral gardens. The use of these floral “gardens” existed well into theVictorian era, and helped to create the elaborate list of meanings to describe these beloved flowers.

History relates that during the reign of Queen Victoria, in England, which lasted from 1837 to 1901, (known as the Victorian era) the language of flowers was as important to people as being “well dressed.” For example, the recognizable scent of a particular flower, plant or perhaps a scented handkerchief sent its own unique message.

Flowers adorned almost everything… hair, clothing, jewelry, gowns, men’s lapels, home décor and china, and stationery, to name a few. A young man could either please or displease a lady…by his gift of flowers. Flowers would convey messages of love or dislike depending upon which ones were given, their sizes how they were held, or also grouped together. They had a silent meaning of their very own, and could “say” what was not dared to be spoken. Even the manner in which flowers were sent had a special meaning. A flower presented in an upright position represented a “positive thought; whereas one presented in the opposite direction had a negative meaning. Too, a person could say “yes” by offering a flower with the right hand – the left hand “no.”

Dictionaries were written to explain this language to all, and were especially used by “lovers.” One could learn that “ROSES” symbolized love, in general, but each variety and color had each, his own meaning. The “LILY,” generally symbolized beauty, but it also has many varieties, thus many diversified meanings. Consider the quandary that could have developed if lover’s used two “different” dictionaries— with each possibly having its own connotation. There could, potentially, be some real misunderstandings! So, we see the importance of acquiring accurate information in this regard.

Those of the Victorian era liked to make up bouquets. Tussie-Mussies were generally very well liked gifts. These were small bouquets of flowers wrapped in a lace doily and tied with satin. The intrigue of secret messages sent this way, became a popular pastime.

It all seems to complicated to me – I couldn’t imagine young men today spending time on working out the best bouquet to send – unless they send a photo of a flower to their girlfriends on their cell phones.  As for wearing flowers on our clothes and hair –  where would we attach them?

Friday's Florals

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One Word Photo Challenge: Winter

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Good morning from a grey spring day here in Hastings.

This week Jennifer with her One Word Photo Challenge has asked us for our winter photos.  We generally don’t get much snow, but this year it came down lower than normal.  So of course I went down south of Hastings in search of the snow.

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These photos were taken around 1.30 PM which shows just how cold the weather was that day.

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One Word Photo Challenge: Winter

One Word Photo Challenge: Winter

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