NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 30 – Women Who Made History In New Zealand

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 30 – Women Who Made History In New Zealand

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Kate Sheppard – photographed in 1905

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One of the most important women in New Zealand History was Kate Sheppard who achieved the rights for women to vote in 1893, where a partition was signed by 31,000 people which was a great achievement in those early years of New Zealand’s developments for the future of women.

Kate was born in Liverpool England

Katherine Wilson “Kate” Sheppard (10 March 1847–13 July 1934) was the most prominent member of New Zealand Women’s Suffrage also the country’s most famous suffragette.

New Zealand was the first self-governing country to grant women the right to vote in 1893 when all women over the age of 21 were permitted to vote in parliamentary elections.

Kate Sheppard ten dollar note

Kate Sheppard on the New Zealand Ten-dollar note.

How New Zealand Women achieved the vote

A short video describing how New Zealand Women achieved the vote in 1893. Created for the St Pauls Collegiate School History Department Wiki.

Women win the Vote – NZ 1893

1919 Women Eligible for Parliament

In 1919 women won the right to be elected to the House of Representatives. The law was changed late in 1919, and with only three weeks notice, three women stood for Parliament in 1919.

They were Ellen Melville in Grey Lynn, Rosetta Baume in Parnell, and Mrs. Aileen Cooke in Thames NZ. Ellen Melville stood for the Reform Party and came second. She stood for Parliament several more times, but while generally polling well she never won a seat.

  • Ellen Melville stood for the Reform Party and came second. She stood for Parliament several more times, but while generally polling well she never won a seat. NB: In 1913, Ellen Melville became the first woman to be elected to a municipal authority in New Zealand, gaining a seat on the Auckland City Council.
  • Rosetta Lulah Baume (1871–22 February 1934) was a New Zealand teacher, feminist and community leader.From 1918 to 1920 she was a vice president of the revived National Council of Women of New Zealand and in 1919 she was a founder and committee member of the Auckland Women’s Club.
  • Born Alleen Anna Maria Douglas (later Garmson, Wrack, Cooke), she died in Auckland on the 30th May 1951. Cooke was the first lady to contest Thames Electoral seat 1919

1933 First Women in Parliament

Elizabeth McCombs

Elizabeth McCombs ca. 1933. Photo Credit 

Elizabeth Reid McCombs

Among the causes, she promoted where, equal pay for women, which still has not been achieved

Increasingly poor health made it difficult for McCombs to participate fully in politics. She died in Christchurch on 7 June 1935 aged 61, less than two years after entering parliament.

In her Lyttelton electorate, she was succeeded by her son Terry McCombs

Terry McCombs, who was the Minister of Education in the First Labour Government from 1947 to 1949. Terry McCombs held the Lyttelton seat until 1951, concluding a 38-year family hold on the seat.

She had Four children (two were adopted)

1947 First Woman Cabinet Member – Mabel Howard


Photo Credit  Mabel Howard

Mabel Bowden Howard (18 April 1894 – 23 June 1972) She never married, had no children. Died at the age of 78 years old.

  • In 1933, at the age of 39, she became the first woman to become secretary of a predominantly male union in New Zealand.
  • In 1943, Mabel Howard was elected Member of Parliament for Christchurch East at a by-election, becoming the fifth female MP.
  • She won the new electorate of Sydenham in 1946 and held this seat until her retirement in 1969.
  • Only four years after entering Parliament in April 1947, she was appointed the minister of health and Minister in charge of Child Welfare, becoming the first woman to serve as a Cabinet minister in a Commonwealth country outside of Britain.

Interesting Fact (Which I remember well)

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The photo above tells it all – She was remembered for waving two large pairs of bloomers in parliament in 1954 in support of her successful campaign to have clothing sizes standardized.

First Women Government General of New Zealand – Dame Catherine Tizard

Dame Catherine Anne Tizard (née Maclean; born 4 April 1931) was Mayor of Auckland City and the16th Governor-General of New Zealand, the first woman to hold either office.

Dame Catherine Tizard

First Women Chief District Court Judge of New Zealand – Silvia Cartwright.

Silvia Cartwright

Silvia Cartwright. Photo Credit 

Dame Silvia Rose Cartwright born 7 November 1943.

In 1989, she became the first female Chief District Court Judge, and in 1993 she was the first woman to be appointed to the High Court.

She was the eighteenth Government General of New Zealand that was in office from 4 April 2001 – 4 August 2006

Governor General Dame Silvia Cartwright

Jenny Shipley – First Female Prime Minister of New Zealand


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Dame Jenny Shipley, (born 4 February 1952).

Jenny Shipley Joined the National Party in 1975.

She successfully stood for the party in the Ashburton electorate in the 1987 election.

Entering parliament at the age of 35.

In 1997, the then-current Prime Minister Jim Bolger lost the support of the National Party and was replaced by Jenny Shipley, making her the first female Prime Minister of New Zealand

Dane Jenny Shipley served as the 36 Prime Minister of New Zealand from December 1997 to December 1999.

She was the first woman to hold office, also the only woman to serve as Parliamentary leader of the National Party of New Zealand.

Represented the Ashburton electorate until her retirement from politics in 2002, though it was renamed Rakaia in 1990.

In the 1999 election, the Labour Party led by Helen Clark defeated the National Party.

Jenny Shipley continued to lead the National Party until October 2001.

She suffered a heart attack in 2000.

She retired from Parliament in 2002.

Jenny Shipley accepted a damehood on 14 August 2009

Since 2009, Shipley has chaired the Genesis Power Board.

She is also a member of the Club de Madrid, a group of more than 80 former Presidents and Prime Ministers of democratic states, which works to strengthen democratic leadership and governance worldwide.

Shipley chairs Global Women NZ and gives her time to a number of causes. She is Patron of Sir Edmund Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre and the NZ Heart Foundations “Go Red for Women”.

Helen Clark – Longest Serving Female Prime Minister

Helen Clark

Helen Clark in 2010. Photo Credit 

Right Honorable Helen Clark, born 26 February 1950.

In 1981 she was elected to Parliament for the safe Labour seat of Mount Albert, a position she held until her resignation in 2009.

In 1987, Clark became a Cabinet Minister in the Fourth Labour Government, led by David Lange (1984–1989), Geoffrey Palmer (1989–1990) and Mike Moore (1990), first as Minister of Housing and as Minister of Conservation, then as Minister of Health and later as Deputy Prime Minister.

In 1989 Helen Clark became the first female Deputy Prime Minister, she held the position for a year.

In 1999, Helen Clark became the second Female Prime Minister of New Zealand, and the first woman to gain the position at an election, as the Prime Minister, leader of the Labour Party of New Zealand.

Helen Clark was the 37th Prime Minister of New Zealand, serving three consecutive terms from 1999 to 2008. She was the first woman elected, at a general election, as the Prime Minister, and was the fifth longest-serving person to hold that office.

She has been Administrator of the United Nations Development Program UNDP, the third-highest UN position, since 17 April 2009

Helen Clark first gained election to the New Zealand House of Representatives in the 1981 general election as one of four women who entered Parliament on that occasion.

In winning the Mount Albert electorate in Auckland, she became the second woman elected to represent an Auckland electorate, and the seventeenth woman elected to the New Zealand Parliament.

Labour government was defeated in the 2008 election.

She resigned from Parliament in April 2009 from her Mount Albert electorate and was replaced by David Shearer, as the Labour Party leader, to take up the post of Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and is the first woman to lead the organization.

UNDP operates in 177 countries, working with nations on their own solutions to global and national development challenges.

Forbes magazine ranked her 20th most powerful woman in the world in 2006 and 50th in 2012. In 2014, she rose to the 23rd position

Helen Clark on Women’s Political Empowerment

Celebrating New Zealand Women – Everywoman Conference 2011 – Our Place

C3 Everywoman Conference 2011 made a tribute to honour the pioneering History Makers and modern day women who with their passion, creativity, determination, and intellect have made a difference in our world.

Now Prime Minister of New Zealand (2017) is Jacinda  Ardern 


Photo Credit   Jacinda Ardern Prime Minister of New Zealand 2017

I haven’t studied this new young lady, if you are interested here is a link.

Special thanks to all the women who have contributed to making New Zealand history That I haven’t written about.

God Defend New Zealand – (with lyrics)

A final quote for NanoPoblano 2017 Day 30.

“Don’t bend; don’t water it down; don’t try to make it logical; don’t edit your own soul according to the fashion. Rather, follow your most intense obsessions mercilessly.” 

― Franz Kafkapepper2017

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 73 – Mornings & Winter

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 73 – Mornings & Winter


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#NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 29

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “mornings & winter” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “mornings & winter”.

lake reflections shine
showing the chill of winter
hills bathe in cold ice
remembering school mornings
when the air was very sharp

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 72 – Morning & Challenge – 22 November 2017. Thank you.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog.

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Lynn – A poem in my pocket lady, I enjoy her poetry.

Sarah Whiley She writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website.

Indira – She knew all along about, love, compassion, compatibility and friendship, but now she has discovered much more, please check her blog she covers many subjects.

Deborah is the author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog she is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

Vandana – Her website title is Feelings and Freedom, she likes reading, writing, music, and nature it shows on her blogs. Check it out, please.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 28 – Flightless Birds in New Zealand

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N.Z. Flightless Birds

Native New Zealand flightless birds that are not extinct include:

Kiwi (several species) Brown Kiwi,

Kakapo – flightless parrot



Penguins (several species) I will have another article about Penguins, will post soon.

Auckland island teal

New Zealand has more species of flightless birds than any other country.

One reason is that until the arrival of humans roughly a thousand years ago, there were no large land predators.

Why the kiwi is only found in certain parts of New Zealand is destruction of forests, which sad to say is still happening, bringing in the farm aspects like dairying, which tells on flightless birds because they have nowhere to go for shelter from their predators, like rodents, cats, dogs especially rats, which are found everywhere.

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Kiwi – The Bird is Flightless and found only in New Zealand.

In the thick bush where I lived in Okoki in Taranaki, New Zealand, I’m very lucky to hear the kiwi calling out at dusk and have even heard them in the early morning.

The North Island Brown Kiwi is a species of kiwi that is widespread in the northern two-thirds of the North Island of New Zealand, with about 35,000 remaining, it is the most common kiwi.

Females stand about 40 cm (16 in) high and weigh about 2.8 kg (6.2 lb) the males about 2.2 kg (4.9 lb).

The plumage is streaky red-brown and spiky.

The kiwi, have 2-3 clutches a year with 2 eggs in each clutch.

The efforts of egg production for the female and incubation for the male cause kiwis to lose about a fifth of their body weight during each breeding attempt.

Chicks are fully feathered at hatching and leave the nest and can fend for themselves within 1 week.

94% of chicks die, before breeding in areas where mammalian pest control is not carried out, namely stoats, dogs, ferrets, and cats, are the number one threat to a kiwi.

Nationwide studies show that on average only 5 percent of kiwi chicks survive to adulthood.

I get quite excited when walking along the bush-clad Urenui river when I came across places where I see the Kiwis have been feeding, one of the signs is the ice cream cone holes, where they have been funneling their beaks in the ground for worms and insects.

Being a flightless bird, it skulks about at night, probing and scraping, for food on the leafy forest floor, it would be so nice to stumble across one during the day.

The Brown Kiwi spends the day fast asleep, concealed in a spot among undergrowth or logs.

In the area where we live, there are some 100 or more wooden stoat boxes set to help eradicate the pests, but it has to be an on-going project, to protect the kiwi’s, which is done well by the East Taranaki Environment Trust.

We also did not have cats or dogs, (as much as I would love a cat) so protecting the kiwis living in the area, if pig or goat shooters are around they should have their dogs trained to not touch kiwis, a requirement by DOC (Department of Conservation) before a license is granted to hunt.

Kiwis: Saving The World’s Cutest Endangered Birds

A fact about Kiwis

After the female kiwi lays her eggs, her mate incubates them for eleven weeks, about 80 days – the longest known incubation period of any bird.


Kakapo Chicks Day Out – Arrowtown, New Zealand

The above Video is about three precious Kakapo Chicks, which were taken to Arrowtown NZ in May 2014 for a one-off public viewing, you can see by those smiling face how the public enjoyed it.

The Kakapo night parrot, also called owl parrot, is a species of large, flightless nocturnal parrot endemic to New Zealand.

It was once common all over New Zealand. It has wings, but its body is too heavy to allow it to fly, although it can glide for short distances.

The kakapo is the only species of flightless parrot in the world.

It has finely blotched yellow-green plumage, a distinct facial disc of sensory, vibrissa-like feathers, a large grey beak, short legs, large feet, and wings and a tail of relatively short length.

The beak of the Kakapo is adapted for grinding food finely.

For this reason, the Kakapo has a very small gizzard compared to other birds of their size.

It generally eats native plants, seeds, fruits, pollens and even the sapwood of trees.

A study in 1984 identified 25 plant species as Kakapo food.

It is particularly fond of the fruit of the Rimu tree and will feed on it exclusively during seasons when it is abundant.

The Kakapo is now an endangered species, it is critically endangered.

During the 2008–2009 summer breeding season, the total population of kakapo rose to over 100 for the first time since monitoring began, reaching 154 by 2016, with 116 adults.

Twenty-two of the 34 chicks had to be hand-reared because of a shortage of food on Codfish Island


Photo CreditA year-old kakapo on Codfish Island.

Having proved hard to breed in captivity, a large protected environment such as an island is its only chance for survival.

Has no male parental care, and is the only parrot to have a polygynous lek breeding system.

What is Lek-Breeding System?

lek is an aggregation of males that gather to engage in competitive displays that may entice visiting females who are surveying prospective partners for copulation.



Photo CreditOn Tiritiri Matangi Island

South Island Takahe, is a flightless bird indigenous to New Zealand and belonging to the rail family.

In the first half of the 20 century, the Takahe was thought to be extinct.

In 1948, a few of these large, blue and green birds were found in a valley in Fiordland in the South Island of New Zealand.

The species is still present in the location where it was rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains.

Small numbers have also been successfully translocated to four predator-free offshore islands, Tiritiri Matangi, Kapiti, Maud and Mana, where they can be viewed by the public.

Additionally, captive Takahe can be viewed at Te Anau and Mt Bruce wildlife centers.

Takahe at Tawharanui

In June 2006, a pair of Takahe were relocated to the Maungatautari Restoration Project.

A related species, the North Island Takahe is extinct and only known from skeletal remains.

The Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity.

In January 2011, a small number of Takahe were released in Zealandia, Wellington.

In total, there were 225 remaining birds.

The population stood at 263 at the beginning of 2013. In 2016 the population rose to 306 Takahe.

I have read that the Takahe cannot be bred successfully in captivity, at this point it seems there has been some success. Good News.

The North Island Takahe is extinct, it appears to have been larger than the South Island Takahe and, if it did survive until the 1890s, it would have been the largest rail in historic times.

Weka or Woodhen


Photo Credit – Weka Chicks

The Weka (also known as Maori hen or Woodhen) is a flightless bird species of the rail family.

It is endemic to New Zealand, where four subspecies are recognized.

Wekas usually lay eggs between August and January; both sexes help to incubate.

Wekas are predominantly rich brown mottled with black and grey; the brown shade varies from pale to dark depending on subspecies.

Wekas occupy areas such as forests, sub-alpine grassland, sand dunes, rocky shores and modified semi-urban environments.

They are omnivorous, with a diet comprising 30% animal foods and 70% plant foods.

Animal foods include earthworms, larvae, beetles, weta, ants, grass grubs, slugs, snails, insect eggs, slaters, frogs, spiders, rats, mice, and small birds.

Plant foods include leaves, grass, berries, and seeds.

Flightless bird in New Zealand – Weka

Wekas can raise up to four broods throughout the whole year.

On average, female Wekas lay three creamy or pinkish eggs blotched with brown and mauve. Both sexes incubate.

The chicks hatch after a month and are fed by both parents until fully grown between six and ten weeks

Wekas are unable to withstand the current pressures faced in both the North Island and South Island of New Zealand.

Predations are ferret cats, and dogs they are a threat to adult Wekas.

Stoats rats and ferrets are a threat to chicks and the eggs.

Auckland Teal Ducks

Auckland Teal

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In the photo above the Auckland Teal is in the front, with Brown Teal above.

Interesting fact about the Auckland Teal Duck – Most people think that ducks fly, but the Auckland Teal lost the power of flight because their wings are very small so flight is impossible.

The Auckland Teal or Auckland Islands Teal is a species of dabbling duck of the genus Anas that is endemic to the Auckland Islands south of New Zealand.

The species was once found throughout the Auckland Islands but is now restricted to the islands that lack introduced predators; Adams Island, Enderby Island, Disappointment Island and a few smaller islands.

The Auckland Teal is smaller and rarer than the Brown Teal of the main islands of New Zealand, a species with which it was once considered conspecific.

The plumage is all over brown with a hint of green on the neck and a conspicuous white eye-ring.

The female is slightly darker than the male.

The wings are very small and the species has, like the related Campbell Teal, lost the power of flight.

The Auckland Teal is mostly crepuscular to nocturnal, preferring to hide from predators New Zealand Falcons and skuas, (skuas is a flying seabird), during the day.

The species inhabits a variety of habitats with the islands, including tussock fields, megaherb, shrubland, and coastal waters.

It is carnivorous for the most part, feeding on marine invertebrates, insects, amphipods and other small Invertebrates.

Auckland Teal are territorial and seldom form flocks.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 27 – Beauty of a Rose

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 27 – Beauty of a Rose

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Beauty of a Rose

Where did the rose originate from?

The rose is, according to fossil evidence, 35 million years old.

The name “rose” comes from French.

The rose is a type of flowering shrub. It comes from the Latin word Rosa

Trying to find the true “the name rose was french” in one search, in another ” Rose Latin” Is it the same place?

I came up with this; (The French culture is, like Spanish, Italian or Portuguese, a Latin culture). Is French Latin?  I do not know.

When researching, it said; The name rose, or rosa, is derived from a Celtic word rhod, meaning red.

From the Greek word rhodon – a rose tree.

I’m a bit confused maybe someone reading this can leave a comment at the end of this post about “where the word rose came from the French or the greek”.

Tuscany Superb Rose

This ‘Tuscany Superb’ rose cultivar was discovered in 1837.

In New Zealand, the first roses were introduced by European settlers about 1836 there were hedges appearing that had been grown from seeds, like ‘Sweet Briar’. ‘Dog Rose’, the China rose, red and pink which is still popular in most gardens as shrubs.

Ornamental roses have been cultivated for millennia, with the earliest known cultivation to date from at least 500 BC in Mediterranean countries, Persia, and China.

Roses have been symbols of love, beauty, war, and politics.

Rosa Rubiginosa Hips

Rosa Rubiginosa Hips

5 Uses for Roses

Cut Flowers – Generally they are harvested and cut when in the bud, and held in refrigerated conditions until ready for display at their point of sale.

Perfume – Rose perfumes are made from rose oil, which is a mixture of volatile essential oils obtained by steam distilling the crushed petals of roses.

Food and Drink – Rose hips are occasionally made into jam, jelly, marmalade, and soup or are brewed for tea, primarily for their high vitamin C content.

Medicine – Many roses have been used in herbal and folk medicines. Rosa chinensis has long been used in Chinese traditional medicine. This and other species have been used for stomach problems, and are being investigated for controlling cancer growth.

Art – Roses are a favored subject in art and appear in portraits, illustrations, on stamps, as ornaments or as architectural elements.


Rosa Polyantha Hybrid ‘The Fairy’

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Types of Roses

There are many types of roses in various forms, this is a few of them, the modern day breeding of roses are changing and bringing in new varieties every day.

Hybrid Teas are by far the most popular type, representing about 75% of the roses grown, they have large blooms in the spring, summer, and autumn, are single or in small clusters.

Floribunda (Latin for “many-flowering”) is a modern group of garden roses that was developed by crossing hybrid teas with polyantha roses, it is a rose that features a large cluster of smaller blooms, some of which are of classic hybrid tea form, while others are single or semi-double, with up to twelve or more florets on the flower head.

They are used extensively for massed beds and low hedges, also suitable for cut flowers.

Climbing Rose – They produce long willowy canes that may be trained to cover a feature wall, trellis, archways or even unsightly fences or sheds.

Shrub Roses – These bushy cultivars are hybrids between a strong bush rose and a climber. Single or double flowers bloom continually throughout the rose season.

Weeping Standards – They are up to 2 meters in height, the flowering canes drop down almost to the ground creating an impressive spring display.

Standard Roses – They are usually a hybrid tea or floribunda variety which have been budded into the top of a tall stock stem, usually up to a meter in high.

Miniature Rose Bush – Sometimes called “Fairy Rose” they have been bred to almost a dwarf size 6-12 inches in height and width, they are remarkably hardy and easy to grow. Because of their small size, they are suitable for a rock garden or as a border to a rose garden or planted in a flower box, or as a houseplant on a window ledge.

The majority of ornamental roses are hybrids that were bred for their flowers.

Rosa Else Poulsen

Rosa Else Poulsen 1924 – an early Floribunda cultivar

Perfume Roses

For hundreds of years, the rose has been cherished for its beauty, form, and fragrance inspiring gardeners everywhere.

Roses are relaxing and even entertaining, (have ever stopped and looked at a perfect rose and admired its perfection)? there is nothing nicer than the subtle perfume of the rose.

Have you ever wonder how it keeps its perfume year after year and wonder if you changed the way you feed them, would the smell change?

Rosa Angel Face Rose

Rosa Angel Face – Floribunda Rose

Rosa Angel Face – Floribunda Rose flowers are an unusual lavender-blue.

They are heavy bloomers, and you will be rewarded with repeat waves of blooms as you remove the spent blooms

It is a good rose to use as a cut flower, both for its beauty and its deep fragrance.

Tip for the best scent, cut stems just as the bud opens and keep in cool water in a dark room for a few hours. Recut at an angle.

The short, dense form of flowers, makes it an excellent choice for a border or low hedge, or in front of a mixed shrub border, where it will receive an abundance of morning sunlight but will be protected from the hot afternoon sun, especially in mid-summer.

For continued flowering, fertilize them, at least, three times a year, keep well watered.

Prune in late winter, to reduce the bush to about one-third to encourage new growth, fertilize established roses when the leaf growth starts to appear.

Tips – Rose Diseases

Powdery Mildew – The first signs of this disease are the appearance of white or greyish white spots on the young leaves and stems. These spread rapidly and very soon affect leaves stem and the buds, giving them the appearance of being dusted with powder.

Black Spot – A virulent rose disease if not checked, this is particularly rifle in humid, atmosphere and high temperatures. It appears as random black or purplish-brown spots on the upper surface of the almost fully grown leaflets which eventually yellow and drops.

Rust – The fungi have several forms will unless checked defoliate a bush. The rust spore roots enter into the leaf structure itself. The first visible stage occurs as small rust-colored pustule like swellings on the under surface of the leaves

The rose will need spraying. It is wise to collect and destroy the fallen leaflets, it will help to reduce the incidence of these diseases.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 26 – Your body is beautiful

NanoPoblano 2017  – Day 26 – Your body is beautiful


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Everybody’s is beautiful – Believe it

We all have beauty in one form or another

It is important to believe that your body is beautiful, no matter what flaws you may have.

It’s not an easy time in anyone’s life when we realize that our children are becoming aware of body images, it is far easier for everyone to just accept their body, as it was gifted to them.

How you and your children look at and talk about the body Is an important subject.

Help children to get through those years, without judging what their body looks like, as everybody is beautiful, no two bodies are alike, unless they are identical twins, and then they are different, in their inner selves, mind, soul and they have their own thoughts.

Let’s celebrate the fact that people come in all shapes and sizes. Be a source of positive comments about self-image. Talk about health and happiness rather than appearance.


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Studies have shown that some children start talking about body image as young as seven, one study found that 48% of girls when asked, selected an ideal body type that was thinner than their own.

Meanwhile, celebrities obsess about their weight, kids surf the net and watch TV, and there is only so much parents can do, but it’s worth trying anyway.


Helpful ideas

Be careful how you talk about your own body, if you are overweight don’t say “I hate myself” or talk about yourself as being “fat” or “ugly”.

Perhaps get some help for your own body-image issues.

Meanwhile, keep negative thoughts inside your own head and don’t vocalize them.

If you are on a diet, talk about your “healthy eating regime” rather than the fact that you are starving and are a bad person for having no willpower.

If possible, do not even talk about a diet, just say you are eating better food, you want to lose some weight and that will mean you can have more fun running around with the kids.


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If your child is overweight, never, ever talk about putting them on a diet.

You control what they eat so simply replace and substitute unhealthy food for healthy food without making a fuss.

Talk about the five plus a day servings of fruit and vegetables and the advantages of putting good food into your bodies, such as having more energy.

Do not rate and compare your child with their friends.

Children come in all shapes and sizes at the same age, so remarking that one child is so much smaller, taller, bigger than another is only encouraging your child to notice a difference rather than accept their friends as they are.

Do not let your children hear you doing a” rate and compare” about your friends and acquaintances, you may be tempted to refer to someone as “fat” or “skin and bones”.

Let your children be who they are and resist the urge to point out aspects of their body shape if they are in togs or sports gear “Oh look at that big puku” is cute when they are toddlers, but not when they are school age.


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If your child says they are unhappy with their bodies, try to find out why.

Is it a result of teasing at school, has a friend made a comment or have they reached this conclusion all on their own?

If there is a bullying issue you need to get straight up to the school and deal with it. Then sit down with your child, explain that bodies change shape and size as children grow and then gently, over the next few months, ease your child into doing some more exercise, eating healthier food-as something the whole family is doing, not just your child.

Talk to your child about how everyone is different.

Discuss hair and eye color, skin color, height and weight, abilities, likes, and dislikes.

Ask them what the world would be like if everyone was the same, and encourage them to be accepting all different shapes and sizes.

Don’t reinforce messages about trying to have a perfect body.

If you are reading a magazine together or watching TV as a family, discuss realistic-looking bodies in a positive term such as “doesn’t she look happy and healthy.

Never, ever ridicule your child in front of people by saying things that you wouldn’t like said about yourself. Some parents think it is amusing, but their child simply gets the message that they are bad, unworthy, fat and deprived.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 – Talking Animals

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 25 – Talking Animals

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Cute Puppy

Talking Animals

Animals can not talk like humans, but they do communicate with us if they are reared by humans and loved, they understand our way of life.

They make a wide variety of sounds, from the musical song of a bird, the howl of a wolf, clicks by insects, the whistle of a dolphin, the contented purr of a cat, and the bark of a dog.


Today I’m going to tell a tale about a very loved dog that was my sons when he married, trout stayed on the farm with me.

His name was trout, trout would draw his top lip back and closed his mouth, and chatter away moving his mouth trying to communicate with me like speech, (I was the only person he would communicate with like that,) he would make many different sounds, that were all different, not a bark, that would come out of that mouth, but I never made out a word from that chatting.

The funny thing about this he only started doing that after we left the farm and our son took over running it, I couldn’t take trout to town, he was a farm dog and won’t be happy confined to a section. I felt awful it was as if he was begging me to take him home with me, every time I visited my son.

Talking Cockatiel “Pretty Bird” Conversation

Why can’t animals talk like humans talk?

I asked this Question on Google.

Why can’t animals talk like humans talk?

I liked this answer after a lot of researching, so I’m would like to share it with you.

The larynx and mouth of most non-human animals differ enough physically that they are not able to reproduce the same sounds that humans use to communicate, just like we cannot mimic crocodile or elephant sounds perfect.

We may be able to make similar noises, but odds are that crocodiles or elephants would not recognize those sounds.

Another reason was it has to do with brain size and function.

Humans have a hugely developed cerebral cortex, and many areas of this portion of the brain have been associated with language functions.

Even animals with brains of similar size do not have a similar layout and therefore, are not capable of the higher level communication functions that constitute human language.

Also, another part is cultural, for lack of a better word.

Almost every animal (and plant) communicates in some way.

Those forms of communication evolved under different pressures and conditions than human language and serve slightly different purposes.

Which is to say that animals may not talk like us because they don’t need (or want) to.


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Talking Budgies

Yes, male budgies can talk my father was very good at talking to them, I heard them responding many times and I could understand every word they were saying.

Why I said a male budgie talking because my father was an expert at getting them to talk, but he never managed to get a female budgie to talk.

First of all, because of the shape of their mouths.

Birds can be taught English to express certain things but they have no lips so it is difficult.

That’s because they don’t have vocal chords like we do.

Because of that, animals can breathe normally while they’re eating.

They don’t have to keep pausing to swallow.

Now “Can animals talk”?

We had singing pigs.

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 24 – Bussokusekika Poetry

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 24  – Bussokusekika Poetry


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Bussokusekika poetry is a 5-7-5-7-7-7 pattern which is a Tanka poem with an extra phrase of 7 syllables added at the end.

Bussokusekika Poem

Sleep did come easy
restless, images floated by
balloon in the sky
waiting for me to arrive
loud clap of thunder woke me
brother busted a balloon.


NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 23 – What do you call a Dessert?

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 23 – What do you call a Dessert?

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Pie for Dessert

With Thanksgiving here, I thought this post would give you food for thought as you are enjoying your sweets.

What do you call a dessert?

Sweets – Pudding, Dessert, or cake with a cocktail after your main meal.

What Is A Pudding?

In my younger days, we always called a Dessert “Pudding”, but in recent years you do not hear the word “Pudding” I thought I would check out what a pudding is. Though many don’t like to admit it, using the term pudding or dessert has connotations of class. Using “Dessert” is thought to be posher than a homely pudding.

This distinction has eroded with more traditional recipes making a fashionable comeback in recent times; many restaurants (including top end eateries) using Pudding to refer to the sweet course on menus.

Types of Pudding, baked, steamed and boiled puddings, which I still make and the family love them.


Sweets – Desserts.

Homemade desserts or sweets are the easiest way to make inexpensive and delicious sweets, desserts or puddings for that special occasion Also when you make it yourself, you know exactly what has gone into the dishes you feed your family.

Cold desserts are always a joy to serve to guests, no one can pass on a good sweets dish, it is something you just cannot resist.

Sometimes it is just called a dessert with a cocktail after the main meal.

But a hot steam pudding with custard is even better when the weather is cold.

Fruit Crumble

Fruit Crumble


  • 2 cups stewed fruit – e.g. apple plums apricots
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 cup standard plain flour
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup sugar


  1. METHOD:
  2. Place stewed fruit in the bottom of an ovenproof dish.
  3. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  4. Sift flour and baking powder into a bowl.
  5. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs.
  6. Stir in sugar.
  7. Spoon the mixture over fruit.
  8. Bake at 375F for 30 minutes or until pale golden
  9. If you would like a Wholemeal Crumble, replace flour with wholemeal flour. Increase the butter to 1/3 cup of butter.
  10. Nice with Custard or ice cream.

What do you call a dessert, love to know you thoughts about this post.

Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 72 – Morning & Challenge


Weekly Tanka Prompt Challenge – Week 72 – Morning & Challenge

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Simple Guidelines.

Using the words “morning & challenge” and write a tanka poem.

Tanka poetry consists of five units, usually with the following pattern of    5-7-5-7-7 which is syllables.

The first three lines (5/7/5) are the upper phase. This upper stage is where you create an image in your reader’s mind.

The last two lines (7/7) of a Tanka poem are called the lower phase.  The final two lines should express the poet’s ideas about the image that was created in the three lines above.

Not sure of your Syllable count? Check Here

  1. You can use the picture above, your own or no picture at all.

Copy and paste the link of your finished tanka in the comments below. I will acknowledge them the following week, also share on social networks.

My tanka poem  – using the words “morning & challenge”.

Young sport minded kids
ready to challenge, a team
dress attire to form
memories of my children
every saturday morning.

There is no deadline here, if you would like to write a Tanka Poem from past weeks please do, I will add them to the appropriate week so readers can read them.

Bloggers that entered “Weekly Tanka Challenge” Week 71 – Beauty & Wild – 15 November 2017 – Thank you.

Joelle LeGendre – Two on a Rant, only on her own at the moment.

Frank J Tassone – Writer, Teacher, Husband and father, he has a Haijin in Action blog

Reena SaxenaFounder of ReInventions — Coach, Trainer, Writer and Personal Branding Consultant

Somawrites – She says that her blog is borne out of the need to prove, that one can actually escape their comfort zone if you put your mind to it, and she has succeeded.

The Bag Lady – Cheryl is a widow, handicapped, a constant writer on her blog, loves doing most things.

Deborah is the author of A Wise Woman’s Journey Blog she is a poet and as she say’s a “cat mama”.

StoryTeller Enjoys writing interesting short stories and poetry.

Sarah Whiley She writes short stories, poems, and has a weekly challenge for writers, interesting website, this week her post is titled – Relive.

Charmedchaos – Musings of Life, interesting poetry, short stories.


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NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 20 – Shadorma – Bird of Prey

NanoPoblano 2017 – Day 20 – Shadorma – Bird of Prey

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The Shadorma is a Spanish poetic form
Shadorma a poem of 6 lines of 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllables.
no set rhyme scheme.
It can have many stanzas, as long as each follows the meter. 

Bird of Prey 

What’s that noise
alert there’s fear here
should I move
frozen still
think, which way should I go now
before I’m swoop up

Ears are stuck
my legs will not move
still frozen
shadow close
looks like it’s too late for me
breakfast for someone.