I am glad they found a new home for the Japanese Garden. I was appalled when they demolished it.
Last updated 05:00 28/01/2015
NEW BEGINNINGS: Mayor Len Brown and Japanese Consul-General Kazutoshi Inadome with soil removed from the original and new sites of the Fukuoka Friendship Garden.
Works to restore the demolished Japanese friendship garden from Auckland Zoo will begin early next year.
It's a long time to wait but Auckland Council says collaborating with Japanese sister city Fukuoka and getting the Fukuoka Friendship Garden right is key.
Officials from both cities have been working together on the
garden's next phase. A council planner will fly to Japan later this year
to research other friendship gardens while they are in their prime during the spring.
A tender for the work will be out by the end of this year with work expected to start in March 2016. Budgets for the garden's rebuild will be covered in the 2015/16 financial year.
Western Springs Park will be the new home of the garden which in
August the council said would cost $1.042 million to rebuild .
A karakia [prayer] was said at the site on January 21 with Auckland
Mayor Len Brown and Japanese Consul-General Kazutoshi Inadome in
Auckland formed a sister-city relationship with Fukuoka in 1986. The
garden was a gift from the Japanese city to celebrate that bond.
It was removed in January 2014 to make way for a new Tasmanian devil
development at Auckland Zoo, despite opposition from members of
Auckland's Japanese community and other residents.
The zoo's former head gardener Stephanie Hay started campaigning to save it in 2013 and the Friends of Fukuoka Friendship Garden group was formed.
Through Auckland Council they consulted with Fukuoka and were given
the go-ahead. Mayor Len Brown later said publicly that the garden should
not have been destroyed. He formally apologised to Fukuoka city.
A steering committee was created last March to decide on a location
to re-establish the garden. The Western Springs site was chosen because
it is a public park and free for anyone to visit.
These three ladies are epitome of growing old gracefully. They are retired, and they volunteer in many capacities.
A cousin who is much younger than me just retired from the
civil service. She had to attend a convention, and they taught the pre-retirees
what to do with their time, including dabbling with stocks and shares. I am
reminded of a British colleague who said, “The moment you stop learning, you
die.” Less blunt is our Chinese saying ,“Xue de lau, Wio de lau.”
As we age, it is important to exercise our brain. A friend
told me, she wrote because it staves off memory-loss illness like Alzheimer’s
and dementia. Of late, I pick up a career, free-lance writing. It gives me much
joy and satisfaction. As a freedom writer who follows no rules, because I am
the rule maker. Most of my writing is for fun, sometimes I get paid. Isn’t that
motivation enough? In fact, I am now “married “ to the computer.
Others might enjoy crossword puzzles. Or if you are, like my
husband , mathematically minded, and do suduku.
Enjoy new hobbies, sing, dance, gardening, playing golf if
you can afford it, go for long walks, it is free. Do tai chi which is supposed to be very good.
Travel abroad with spouse, family and friends.
Have your medical check-up and keeps things tidy and have a
Have a bucket list. Do something incredible. At 50, I ran the
quarter marathon. It was a great physical discipline. Now it boosts my ego when
I tell my students I ran the marathon and showed them my medal.
Ngarimu on his red scooter as he went around the grounds to see if we were working well.
Zero-waste Strategy Management: Here's the Volunteers at work. Dressed in our official crew kowhai/yellow or kikorangi/blue T-shirt and cow boy hat, we trudged our kikorangi/blue and kakariki/green
bins to our different stations. By chance, I got involved in Ngarimu's
Zero waste program. Ngarimu also sourced cutlery and plates made of
potatoes which is 10-0% biodegradable.
I shopped at Target in Australia, the sales clerk asked if I wanted a
bag. I asked if I had to pay for it, and he said no. I felt the unusual
texture of the bag and remembered a discussion with friends that in
Australia, they use biodegradable bags. Good on you Target. http://www.target.com.au/html/aboutus/compostablebags.htm
The wedding was held here, the Civic centre or the Dewan Suasil. The Malay band was waiting.
I invited myself to a Malay/Muslim wedding. And saw this lady wearing these beautiful jewellery.
is a sweet story behind this. I rang up my muslim friend, J who went to
school with me. We had not seen each other for many many years. When I
rang her, she said she was going to her niece wedding. I asked if I
could go because I have never been to one. She invited me.
told me the wedding was at this posh place, the Civic centre and she
would wait for me. I arrived, and there were many Muslim people there,
but no sign of my friend J. I asked the official welcoming couple, and
they didn't recognised the name of J. There were 2 weddings at the same
time. After a long wait, I used my mobile and called my friend. I got
the security guard to talk to her to make sure I was at the right place.
The security guard told me to wait.
official welcoming couple looked at me and waved at me. She said,"
Don't worry, you just come to the wedding party." Can you imagine the
hospitality of the Sarawak people. What if I was pretending and was
actually crashing their party.
said, I would wait for a while. My friend J came with her 2 sisters. I
was at the right venue. You should have seen the fashion at the party.
But I am showing you the jewellery this lady who shared the table with
Thanks J, and your relative Rahaya.
My friend told me some time later that Rahaya passed away. She left a legacy of a kind Muslim woman who came to my life.
I had to check again what it means, superfluous, I chose excessive. I was watching a Masterchef show, and the judge says at a three course meal, a rich dessert is Superfluous. They just want a light dessert. Indeed, this dessert was too rich for me.
Superfulous . . . It was one of the words that someone suggested.
So, I was asking Suri for a definition, just like the rest of you.
This is my interpretation ~ A Christmas angel that we have had on our
tree for 35 years. As the tree has gotten bigger, she seems smaller. So.
. . she has gone from insignificant to superfulous with the addition of
ribbon and a tree topper.
I can't wait to see what you have found that is Superfulous.
Happy Hunting Y'all ~
tomato has the colour of a dark plum, do you know what kind they are?
They can be black krim (Russian ) or Black Zebra, The family thinks they
are sweeter than normal tomatoes. Thanks Glenice Van Polanen Petel
The deep red-purple, almost black, green-shouldered variety of tomatoes
known as "Black Krim" (Solanum lycopersicum) originated in Krim,
Russia, near the Black Sea. This heirloom tomato grows on 4- to 7-foot
vines, producing numerous 6- to 12-ounce globe-shaped fruits. Fans of
the "Black Krim" rave about the rich, salty flavor of its fruits.
‘Black Zebra’ is a natural and stabilized heirloom cross between a black
tomato and Green Zebra, and its size and shape are akin to Green Zebra.
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