2019年04月26日

Blossom

Hi bloggers I think the cherry blossom must be starting to bloom in your area.  It's really wonderful seeing all the different spring flowers bloom. The green of the leaves is always so vibrant at the beginning of spring.
The camellias have now also stated finished blooming in England, however it is not just humans who find them delightful.  Apparently squirrels adore the camellia buds and become very intoxicated after eating them.  The squirrels have literally been seen staggering around I wonder what they like so much about the camellia.  I saw a news story about one squirrel who was not content with outdoor drinking, he broke into a bar in Evesham and managed to open some beer, he staggered around inside the pub breaking some bottles opening packets of crisps. He was discovered the next morning by the publication.  He was captured in a bin, put outside and left to sober up.  I found the whole idea very amusing.
This week Koreas been in the news with the meeting of the leaders of Russia and Korea let's hope the talks are more productive than the one with the USA.
In South Korea  'yoghurt ladies' have been a familiar sight since the 1970s.  They deliver yoghurt directly from their motorised fridges initially from carts that they pulled by hand.  The country has population that is rapidly ageing, and with that came concerns over loneliness among older people.  The 'yoghurt ladies' are a vital point of contact for many isolated people.   So they not only supply nutrition, they also supply company.  Isn't that lovely.
Well bloggers soon it will be your golden week, wishing you a peaceful time and remember to enjoy the blossom.  Over and out London.














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posted by MateoES at 01:16| diary

2019年04月19日

Cleansing by fire.

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Hi bloggers well it's Easter weekend so I'd like to wish you all a happy Easter.  I like Easter as it feels like a time of new beginnings.  It's unusual because we have good weather, it often rains at Easter time.  Today is good Friday, a very sad day for Christians, as it is the day that Jesus was crucified.  Easter Day is Sunday the day that Jesus rose from the dead a miracle. 
This week there was a terrible fire at a cathedral in Paris, many people feel it was a miracle that in-spite of the devastation some of the building and art works could be saved.  The image of the golden cross illuminated by the fire, was on the front of most English newspapers. Some people thought it was a sign that all would be well.
It reminded me of a story from Greek mythology of the Phoenix rising from the ashes. 
To rise like a Phoenix from the ashes means to emerge from a catastrophe stronger, smarter and more powerful.  The Phoenix is a mythical bird it was a feathered creature of great size with talons and wings, its plumage radiant and beautiful.
Who knows perhaps the Notre Dame will rise again renewed.
There was a moving story of a man in his nineties Denis Robinson who volunteers to play the piano at St Pancras station twice a week.  He likes to bring happiness and good cheer to the travellers.  He was in the news because he was joined by a singer from the musical Cats.
Bloggers I hope you have a good week over and out London.










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posted by MateoES at 19:58| diary

2019年04月12日

New beginning

Hi bloggers I was amazed to see how much snow you've had it must have been a nasty surprise to wake up to that.  I hope spring will be with you soon.
It's the beginning of Holy Week, Easter this Sunday.  This Sunday is Palm Sunday it is the day when Jesus rode on a donkey to Jerusalem and palm leaves were thrown before him.  Easter is the most important time in the Christian faith, it is the start of new beginnings.
I read about some people who had a new beginning and transformed their lives.

Binta, a 56-year-old mother of six, lives in the remote rural village of Liouligou, in the flat and dry centre of West Africa.  When her husband passed away four years ago, she thought she wouldn’t be able to keep providing for her children.  She became involved in a project self help SouthAfrica.  She received training and improved seeds, which enabled her to grow more but also to diversify her crops.  Today she is growing rice, peanuts, beans, cabbage, local cereals such as millet, and onions. In just three years, she has quadrupled her income from onions alone. She is now able to feed and support her family.

There is also a project in Brazil, that gave a new beginning to the scavengers on the street who made their livelihood from collecting rubbish.  A political activist and keen recycler wanted to alter the status of the scavengers, he wanted to make people respect and pay the litter pickers what they deserved.  He created an app that allowed people who had things to get rid of, be able to contact a litter picker by phone and organise for the items to be collected.  The litter picker would then take the item to a recycling centre the charge for the service was arranged between the two parties.  It has helped create a positive change in that the litter collectors were no longer simply scavengers almost invisible, but as a public service.  To increase their public presence all the litter carts are decorated with brightly coloured paintings. 

Bloggers I hope you all have a good week over and out London.










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