Posts Tagged ‘flowers’

Daffodils

March 26, 2017

Unusual daffodils, very pale, growing at the roadside.

Sea daffodil

September 29, 2013
sea daffodil

sea daffodil

sea daffodil

sea daffodil

Sea daffodil, Pancratium maritimum, is found on the coast of the Mediterranean, Caspian and Black Sea.

A member of the Amaryllidaceae family, it used to be widespread in Mediterranean, but now quite rare. Protected pockets can be found on the edge of the sandy beaches in Protaras, and isolated plants beside the Protaras-Pernera Coast Path.

For Annie, with love.

Bluebells

May 25, 2013
bluebell

bluebell

A spring flower, found in woodlands.

An indicator species for ancient woodlands.

Bluebell

March 28, 2012
bluebell

bluebell

In Japan, spring is heralded by the cherry blossom trees coming into flower.

In England, it is the bluebell that heralds the arrival of spring.

Although found across northern Europe, it is in England that bluebell (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) comes into its own.

Ancient woodlands, with trees of oak, hazel and ash, once coppiced, though now mostly neglected, in the spring are a carpet of blue.

Bluebells are the second wave of woodland flowers. The first wave are much closer to the ground.

The trees then come into leaf, shading out the ground.

Nothing of interest will now be found in the woods, apart from butterflies flitting around sunny glades and woodland rides, until the autumn, when the woodland fungi can be found.

Last week, bluebells were just starting to come into flower in my garden.

Spring Solstice 2012

April, I will expect the woodland area of my garden to be carpeted with bluebells.

Bluebells are usually blue, but occasionally they are white and purple.

Flower Festival at St Mark’s

June 28, 2011
Flower Festival at St Mark's

Flower Festival at St Mark's

I had a sneak preview a couple of days before. I was on my way out, the heavens opened and it poured down with rain. I took shelter in the church and helped out.

A woodland glade, a sacred grove? The Flower Festival St Mark’s was all of these and more. Different areas, different themes. The altar an RAF theme.

Ancient churches are not sacred places because a church authority has said so. They occupy sacred sites, from when Man knew how to communicate with the Soul of the World, long before Christianity arrived. Some still do know how to communicate with the Soul of the World.

From Old Sarum it is possible to look over Salisbury. It came to the Bishop in a dream where to locate Salisbury Cathedral. Stand at Old Sarum, look at Salisbury Cathedral and you will see the Cathedral spire lines up with a notch on the hillside the other side of the valley. The notch is an ancient trackway. It is like looking down the sight of a rifle. You are looking along a ley line.

The prophets spoke of an age to come. In that age we are restored to our role as Custodians of Gaia. [see Love Wins]

Our ancient cathedrals, for example Lincoln Cathedral, were an attempt to recreate the wonders of creation. The stonemason crafted wonders out of stone, often hidden away in nooks and crannies, but seen by God.

Sunday afternoon the Chase Singers gave a choral performance, but for me a sad disappointment compared with Simple Singers, a Danish choral group, who sang a month earlier in May in Holy Trinity in Guildford.

Excellent cakes!

A special thanks to Marie and her helpers for all their hard work.

I donated to the church library The Devil and Miss Prym by Paulo Coelho.

I also gave out a few prayer and meditation cards I had obtained from Eden People.

Synchronicity: Whilst helping out a couple of days before, I mentioned to a lady who I was helping a sermon I had received from Desmond Tutu a few years ago. The next day I checked my e-mail and to my surprise found I had an e-mail from Desmond Tutu seeking help on Palestine. The first time I had heard from him other than the occasion I mentioned to the lady who I helped with the flower arranging! The first (and probably only) book I borrowed from the church library many years ago was by Desmond Tutu.

St Mark’s is a red-brick Victorian church in Farnborough. The Flower Festival was part of the 130 years celebrations.

George Abbott’s Guildford. A talk by Mary Alexander at St Mary’s Church in Guildford. George Abbott was a former Archbishop of Canterbury, a contributor to the King James’ Bible. 7-30pm Tuesday evening 28 June 2011.

Creative Arts @ Costa, a celebration of music, word and the visual arts, takes place at Costa in Swan Lane in Guildford on the first Tuesday of the month (same day as the farmers market). The next event is Tuesday evening 5 July 2011. There will be no events in August and September. Swan Lane is the narrow lane that runs between the High Street and North Street at the lower end of the High Street. With Eden People, a Christian collective.

The Keystone Spirit is a regular meeting of Eden People at The Keystone Pub (3 Portsmouth Road, Guildford, GU2 4BL).

The Bible in Voice and Verse, a celebration of the King James’ Bible. St John’s, Stoke Road, Guildford. 7.45pm Thursday 14 July 2011.

Cultural Day. New Testament Church of God. 2-6pm Sunday 6 August 2011.

Eucharist: Feast of Mary and Elizabeth
GK’s Funky People at St Mark’s
Christmas Tree Festival at St Mark’s
Victorian Christmas Carol Concert St Mark’s
Christingle at St Mark’s

The sweet smell of exploitation‏

April 7, 2011
the sweet smell of exploitation‏

the sweet smell of exploitation‏

Meya Nasille

Meya Nasille

Supermarkets profit, while flower workers toil for 16 pence an hour

We use flowers to mark every occasion. Last Sunday hundreds of thousands headed to the supermarkets to buy the perfect bouquet for Mother’s Day. But the flowers we bought are likely to have been produced by a woman being exploited on a flower plantation somewhere in the developing world.

In fact, thousands of women in Zambia and Colombia are being forced to work 15 hours a day, 6 days a week, for as little as 16 pence an hour, to supply flowers for UK supermarkets.

Meya works on a flower farm in Zambia. In the lead up to Mother’s Day, she was forced to work longer and longer hours to meet the demand from supermarkets.

UK supermarkets have codes of conduct which state that workers should be provided with protective wear to prevent harmful exposure to pesticides. But Meya has never been given any form of protective clothing. Women exposed to pesticides without adequate protection often report sickness, including swollen legs, backache, vomiting and chest pains. Worse still, Meya is being paid just 16 pence an hour. This is not enough to cover even her basic living costs.

War on Want is working with grassroots organisations that directly support workers such as Meya. For example their partner in Zambia has won real improvements in conditions on several farms, including the provision of protective wear and a stricter adherence to working hours, with overtime properly compensated. But there are still thousands of workers toiling for poverty wages.

Green beans from Kenya. Waterways polluted.

Many are now being kicked off their land by Big Business, the land then used to grow bio-fuels.

Land that first and foremost should be used to grow food by local farmers for local people, not cash crops that benefit the few.

Orchid

February 18, 2010
Orchid from Sian

Orchid from Sian

Thanks Sian for the beautiful orchid that you gave me two days before St Valentine’s Day!