the olden days, my grand parents and my mum always boiled a big kettle
of water first thing in the morning, and filled up their big thermal
flask. We didn't have that piping cup of tea or coffee but there was
always hot water.
Usually mung bean is boiled for a few hours to soften before it is eaten as a dessert.
For medicinal value, put a handful of mung beans inside the thermos and fill up with boiling water. After a few hours, the water is good as a "cooling" drink in a hot day.
didn't have any toys when I was young. One day mum bought a toy dog to
gift to an aunty who was having my brother for holidays. The dog looked
like Gabrielle Kai daughter See Gow, except he wasn't a soft toy, it was
mechanical, and could walk stiffly and bark. We got to play for a while
before it was packed away in my brother's luggage,
Whanganui midwives are working to educate people about the dangers of wrapping babies in polar fleece blankets.
"We know polar fleece blankets are made from the likes of recycled bags and bottles," midwife Angela Adam said.
Adam, who is Whanganui's maternity community quality co-ordinator, said
polar fleece blankets were made from plastic-based fibre which meant
the materials did not breathe.
This meant babies could overheat
or sweat, then get too cold because the sweat would not evaporate. Both
of these could contribute to sudden, unexpected death in infancy.
"As midwives in the maternity unit, we don't support the use of polar fleece blankets," Mrs Adam said.
midwife Lucy Pettit said the maternity ward had boxes of wool-based
blankets people had donated, which they used as the fabric could
"I don't think the general public realise exactly what
[polar fleece blankets] are made of and how that can cause your baby to
overheat," Mrs Pettit said.
Mrs Adam said babies who were wrapped in polar fleece had no circulation of air around their bodies.
there was no confirmation that polar fleece blankets contributed to
sudden unexpected death in infancy, "it's actually the overheating that
can contribute to SUDI or cot death, but polar fleece blankets
contribute to overheating."
She said babies looked like "little beetroots" when they had been wrapped up in polar fleece.
Children's Day on Sunday, the midwives set up a stall to educate
Whanganui people about the blankets. Mrs Adam had a blanket stitched out
of plastic supermarket bags which she used to demonstrate what polar
fleeces were like.
She said a polar fleece blanket could be
bunched up with some water poured inside, and they would not leak,
because of the non-breathable material.
Mrs Pettit said she would
be surprised if there wasn't a polar fleece blanket in every household
that had a baby. Raising awareness about their dangers was all part of
encouraging safe sleeping, she said.
I was walking along the beach when I saw the Surfers Paradise Beachside Markets, at the Esplanade, at Surfers Paradise.
had attracted me to this stall was many many years ago, when I was a
student at Auckland University, I sometimes went to this International
market in an arcade at Queen Street, an artist was using his mouth and
blew into a tiny knob of soft glass into a burner, and slowly his magic
turned to be a beautiful vase. I was fascinated and used to stand for
hours looking at him, and never buying as I was a poor student.
to 2010, This artist was using a gas torch, but he still fascinated me.
I decided to buy some as gifts. I bought a glass kangaroo for the water
engineer, an echidna for G and D. When I saw another customer buy a
piano, I changed my mind and bought a grand piano for D. http://annkschin.blogspot.com/2010/01/music-box-dancer-by-frank-mills.html
I paid for my gift, we chatted. The woman told me she was from
Christchurch New Zealand. Her name is Karin, the artist is Graham. They
have been established since 1987.
The market operates every Wednesday and Friday night from 5.30 pm to 10 pm if you like to view and buy his craft.
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