We are Dependant on Flowers

The most important thing that a plant does is to flower. Without flowers we would not have fruits, crops and of course seeds to begin the following year. In the past, experiments have proven that plants can adjust the timing of their flowering in response to environmental conditions like, light, temperature & nutrient availability. But not much is known or understood about what causes plants to make flowers instead of leaves, until now. A research team from the National University of ...

Light your Garden on Fire with the Flame Lily

Scientific name: Gloriosa  superba Other names: fire Lily, climbing lily, creeping lily, glory lily It’s a showstopping flower that will ignite your passion for gardening. The flame lily is a climbing vine with showy, wavy yellow and red flowers that resembles flames, hence the name. In bud, the pale green petals face downwards. As it matures, the petals elongate and wrinkle, while arching backwards to reveal a gorgeous 6-petaled flower. The stamens are just as visually stunning as the petals, spreading outward ...

Popular Wedding Flower Trends: Billy Ball Flowers

Craspedia (Cras-PEE-dee-a) billy balls, or more commonly  known as just billy balls or billy buttons, are cheerful, bright yellow flowers that have gained popularity as wedding flowers over recent years. The round pompom flowers add texture, vibrant colour and visual interest to bouquets, boutonnieres, centerpieces and other flower arrangements. They are typically available from early spring to fall and are fairly inexpensive to purchase. If you are looking for affordable, yet elegant flowers, billy balls are perfect for you! Designing Tips: the ...

Memories: The Tomboy Life And A Few Broken Bones…

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The Mouth Of Truth

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Fun Flower Facts: Acacia

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Twilight Zone Marathon

Every year on New Year’s Eve when the Sci-Fi Channel runs a 48 hour Twilight Zone Marathon I tell myself that I’m not going to watch. This year I watched less than previously but a few of my favorites stopped me in my tracks, rendering me powerless to change the channel. I’m not sure why since I know the dialogue of most of the 156 episodes by heart. When the program premiered in October of 1959 I was not yet seven, too young ...

Neologism: What… Another Jargonista?

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Curmudgeons Love Cake Too!

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8 Least Favorite Fruits

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5 Things About Your Dad...

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Our Pregnancy Update – week 17

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English Language Pronunciations

Over dinner one night during a three-day Girl Scout (Troop 1096) reunion in Ohio, we ten or so attendees had a rousing interaction about mispronounced words in the English language. Among our pet peeves–and there were so many–were mispronunciations of realtor, nuclear, and jewelry, just to name three, and lack of understanding of when to use “she and I” versus “her and me,” for example. I’m sure any reader of Yours In Books would have participated just as heartily as we ...

Naked Musings

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What Was I Thinking???

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False Start on NaNoWriMo 2011

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Carole - Piglet In Portugal
May 13, 2012, 8:28 am

Together

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Little Piglet meets her UK cousin for the first time

Living so far from my family I really treasure the time we are together. Last month it was our granddaughter’s (Little Piglet) first Birthday, and all the Piglet clan gathered in France to celebrate the occasion. Not only were our children altogether, but it was the first time our grandson, who is seven months and lives in the UK, met his French cousin “Little Piglet”, plus his aunty and uncle PIF.

As you can imagine my camera was in constant use as I tried to capture the special moments and preserve the wonderful memories. But can we really capture the emotions we feel and preserve them with the click of a button?

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Catching the gandchildrens attention is not easy

Oh, and I do take my hat off to professional photographers who specialise in family snaps. My goodness, it’s a real art trying to persuade two babies, to look at you (camera) at the same time, especially when one is intent on crawling off!

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Deep in conversation

This post was inspired by the WordPress Weekly Photo challenge. The theme: “Together”…

Any tips on taking baby photos greatly appreciated!

Carole - Piglet In Portugal

A semi-humorous account of life and travel in Portugal. I am a social blogger and love to engage with fellow bloggers all over the world! Through my blog I share situations or things that make me laugh or cry from the bizarre to the ridiculous along with the challenges faced due to language or cultural misunderstandings.

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