Floral Friday

The first hollyhocks are flowering in our garden.  Each year I scatter the seeds of the old plants, and each year new ones appear.  Luckily the small plants are easily identifiable so they don’t get mistaken for weeds.  So far this year they are mainly pink, but there is one red one.  You might enjoy this story of hollyhocks in the days of U.S. slavery.

“I like the stately hollyhock
just perfect for a Cottage block.”


Lives Lost, Lives Changed

Canterbury Museum has a wonderful exhibition of the effects of World War One on the people of Canterbury.  It’s extremely thorough and poignant with many personal details of local people.   When troops were shipped overseas 500 men below the rank of officer had to share five washbasins and four toilets on a voyage that might take two months.

Journey to War

Some men who were unfit to serve because of their teeth got dental treatment so they could enlist.  On troopships the soldiers kept their dentures in their socks to prevent them being lost overboard if they were seasick.

Terrible Teeth

Women at home knitted socks to protect the men from trench foot (and so they had somewhere to keep their dentures).

Knitting socks

I was pleased to see my cousin Ettie recognised.

Ettie’s War

She told the truth about the prevalence of venereal disease among New Zealand soldiers, for which she was labelled “the wickedest woman in the Empire”.

Wickedest Woman

You can see original letters written by soldiers, telegrams telling families of the loss of loved ones, souvenirs of foreign places, stories of conscientious objectors, and much more.  This exhibition will be there until Armistice Day 11 November 2018.  There’s so much to see you’ll need to visit more than once.

“The local side of World War One
where thousands went to fight the Hun.”

Charmingly Cheesy

I enjoy Brie, and I liked this sign.

“This sign was bound to make me smile
along the supermarket aisle.”


ECan Error

Our regional council has added this sign to many local buses.  It’s pity someone didn’t proofread it first.

Perhaps it’s to do with hairstyles, and means your tresses will be passed?

“This spelling error’s hard to take
they might have checked for a mistake.”

Endorsing Edmonds

Thomas Edmonds, of baking powder fame. gave a great deal to the city of Christchurch, including a band rotunda, a clock tower, and Poplar Crescent.  Last week I was delighted to see that the Edmonds Phone Box has finally been liberated after years behind a wire fence.  I’m still waiting for the clock mechanism to be restored to the Edmonds Clock Tower.


Edmonds Telephone Box

The same week came news that Edmonds’ descendants are lobbying the City Council to have the name of Edmond Street, named after Thomas, corrected to Edmonds Street to better reflect his legacy.  I’d strongly support this.  What do you think?

“It should be re-called Edmonds Street
so recognition is complete.”

Fabulous Fotos

65 amazing photos are currently on exhibition in Cathedral Square.  These are the finalists in the NZ Photographer of the Year competition, and are absolutely not to be missed.  Each one has a brief description given.  They’ll be there only until the end of November, so better be quick.

“These photos will just blow your mind
the subjects are of every kind”


Swollen Screen

Yesterday morning my computer screen suddenly changed.  Everything on it was larger and wider, which was extremely frustrating.  I tried everything I could think of but couldn’t restore it to the way I like it to be.  I then e-mailed my IT support person, who said a lot of people were having the same experience, he didn’t yet know the cause, and would be in touch when he did.

Late last night he sent a message to say it was probably caused by an updated driver from ATI (whatever that may be), or a Microsoft update that irritated the ATI driver.  The answer was to roll it back to the old driver and he sent explicit instructions on how to do that.  I followed these and it has worked!  Oh the relief!  I am so blessed to have a clever and reliable support person who speaks to me in terms I can understand.

“Sometimes I simply need support
this man provided what I sought.”