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For Those Young At Heart

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Growing Old is not a laughing matter, but it is nothing wrong to have a bit of fun and humour. I found this song parody and it is for those who are not so very young anymore but feel young at heart. Let us sing and have a bit of fun….. 

 

 

Wondrous Things

Julie Andrew’s song in the film The Sound Of Music

 

(http://www.funnypoets.com)

Medicines, doctors and needles for knitting,

Walkers and handrails and new dental fittings,

Bundles of magazines tied up in string,

These are a few of my favourite things….

 

Hearing aids, magnifying glasses and

Polident and Fixodent, false teeth in glasses,

Pacemakers, golf carts and porches with swings,

These are a few of my favourite things….

 

When the bladder leak,

When the bones creak,

When the knees go bad,

I simply remember my favourite things,

And then I don’t feel so bad….

 

Hot tea and softer food for easy chewing,

No spicy hot food, sugary and salty things,

Bathrobes and heat pads and hot meals they bring,

These are a few of my favourite things…

 

Back pains, confused brains and hard remembering,

Thin bones and fractures and hair that is thinning,

And we won’t mention our short shrunken frames,

When we remember our favourite things….

 

When the joints ache, when the hips break,

When the eyes grow dim,

Then I remember the great life I’ve had.

And then I don’t feel so bad……

Note: My husband just had a set of hearing aids for the very first time. So I dedicated his song for him :)

The Art Of Bonsai

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WHAT IS A BONSAI

Bonsai is a miniature tree. It is kept small by planting it in a shallow pot and by regular trimming of the roots, branches and new growth.

 

HISTORY

Chinese first began to transplant naturally dwarf trees from mountain and cliff terrains into ornamental containers, as early as the Han Dynasty in 206 BC. However, it was the Japanese who perfected the art of cultivating bonsai plants. Bonsai itself means a dwarf tree in a pot.

 

BONSAI STYLES

The most common styles are:

  • Formal upright: Straight trunk with evenly spread branches.
  • Informal upright: The trunk is not perfectly straight which has unevenbranches.
  • Slanted: The main trunk grows slightly bending sideway.
  • Semi Cascade: The tree grows cascading down to the side of the pot. The pot usually is high (not flat).
  • Cascade: The cascade is lower than the height of the pot.
  • Roots over rock: The roots of the tree are exposed and they clasp tightly around the surface of a rock.
  • Group planting (Sakai): More than one plant are grown in one pot, usually are in odd numbers.

 bonsai-collections

THE SUITABLE PLANTS

Basically almost all plants which are suitable for bonsai     

can be grown in Australia. For those from cooler

climate, the trees need protection from summer heat

and for tropical plants, they will need protection from

frost.

 

Plant examples commonly used for bonsai are:

  • Maples : Trident maple, Japanese maple
  • Ficus: Choose those with smaller leaves like for example F binjamina, F benghalensis
  • Azalea: A kurume, A satzuke
  • Conifers: pines, spruce, junipers
  • Elms: Chinese elm, English elm
  • Oaks
  • Birch
  • Cotton-easter
  • Lilli pilli

 

CARING FOR A BONSAI

 

Like any other trees, a bonsai needs water, nutrients and sunlight to survive. All bonsai plants have to be kept outdoor preferably in the position where they receive morning sun. Caring for bonsai trees will include all these procedures:

  • Training: A good bonsai will have a certain look and it is achieved by shaping the trunk and branches. Special wires in different sized are used for this purpose. Deciduous trees should be wired after the leaves have matured and the wires have to be removed in autumn to avoid damage to the bark.
  • Feeding: Use a weak liquid organic fertilizer at the intervals of two weeks during spring and summer. Solid organic fertilizer may also be used.
  • Pruning/Trimming: It is done to create and preserve a desired shape. It makes leaves grow smaller and compact. Heavy pruning is done in autumn, winter or early spring. While general pruning is done through out the growing season, by cutting back new growth.
  • Repotting: Generally it is done yearly, every two or three years late winter or early spring. For an easy guide, lift the plant from the pot and inspect the root once a year. A pot of the same size or slightly larger should be used. Root ball has to be loosened and it has to be trimmed to get rid of the excess. Repotting is done by always using fresh bonsai soil.
  • Watering: In summer, the watering is done at least once a day. In the winter, it will depend on the dryness of the soil. Avoid watering in the heat of the day.

 

I’ve found that growing bonsai trees is relaxing and it teaches you patience. Bonsai also makes you learn that “GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL SIZES” :)

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