Most of us would be aware that flowers have meanings associated with them and there are often particular flowers suited, or not suited for specific occasions. For example red roses are symbolic of love and the most appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Yellow roses are known as a sign of friendship but can also hint at infidelity or zealousness. Arum lillies are traditional at funerals and modern day bridal bouquets often contain the captivating and regal calla lillies.
But often we give or receive flowers without thinking or even realising that each bloom has a meaning.
Below are the meanings of some of the more popular and traditional flowers (beware though as meanings below have been derived from a number of sources and can be contrary!) At the end of the day take the meaning as you wish to convey –
Azalea – Abundance, Fragile and Ephemeral Passion
Begonia – Deep thoughts, Beware I am fanciful!
Camellia – Graciousness, Excellence and Steadfastness
Carnation – pink – Gratitude. Mother’s Day favourite
Carnation – red – Admiration, My heart aches for you!
Carnation – white – Remembrance, Sweet love, Innocence
Carnation – yellow – Cheerful, Disdain and Rejection
Chrysanthemum – white – Truth
Chrysanthemum – red – Sharing, I love you
Crocus – Foresight, Cheerfulness
Daffodil – Chivalry, Unrequited love
Daisy – Innocence, Gentleness
Freesia – Spirited
Forget-me-not – Remember me forever, Faithful love, Memories
Gardenia – Joy, I secretly love you
Geranium – Comfort, Friendship
Gladiolus – Strength of Character, I am sincere
Hibiscus – Delicate beauty
Hydrangea – Perseverance, Vanity, Frigidity, Understanding
Iris – Inspiration, Faith, Wisdom
Jasmine – Grace and elegance
Lavender – Distrust, Constancy
Lilac – First love, youth
Calla Lilly – Regal, Majestic Beauty
Magnolia – Dignity, Splendid Beauty
Marigold – Desire for riches, Jealousy, Cruelty
Orchid – Delicate beauty, Magnificence, Refinement
Pansy – Loving thoughts, Thoughtful recollections
Poppy – Consolation, Imagination, Dreaminess
Rhododendron – Beware
Rose – pink – Friendship, Thank you
Rose – red – Passionate love, desire
Rose – white – Purity, Innocence, Secrecy
Rose – yellow – Zealous, Infidelity, Friendship
Sunflower – Adoration, Devotion
Sweetpea – Shyness, Departure
Tulip – pink – Caring
Tulip – red – Declaration of love, Believe me
Tulip – white – Forgiveness
Wisteria – Steadfast, Youth
If you know alternative meanings or contradiction please feel free to comment and let us know ...
So now you are retired for many travel is on the agenda however some of those aches and pains don't like the idea of travelling too far because of the flights!
A long flight in an economy seat doesn't have to be something to endure. Try and get an aisle seat for easy access and here are a few tips to help you manage a long flight more comfortably ...
1. Avoiding Jet Lag
Jet lag is the disruption of the body's rhythms with travel across time zones, plus probably pre-travel sleep deprivation. You need to adopt the 'rhythms' of your destination to help adjust, so set your watch to the destination time as soon as you are on board. Flights east generally caused worse symptoms than those westbound. A general rule of thumb is that the number of days needed to recover is equal to two thirds of the time zones crossed. With westbound flights, the number is half the time zones crossed.
2. Wear Shoes
Put your shoes on while walking about the plane. It is wise to have loose comfortable shoes as your feet can swell during the flight.
3. Two Drinks
If you are thirsty ask for two drinks at a time so you don't need to call the attendant back in 5 minutes. Remember to drink plenty of water and juice to keep you hydrated, and avoid caffeinated soft drinks, plus tea and coffee.
4. Basic Toiletries
Even with liquid security restrictions, you are allowed basic toiletries on board (under 100 ml). Include a small toothpaste and toothbrush, a small moisturizer, and deodorant. Remember you can freshen up in the airport toilets when you collect your luggage if you have friends coming to meet you and you're worried about smelling! Just a hint use a roll on deodrant as a spray can activate the aircraft sensors if you use on board!
5. Wear Layers
You've got to contend with busy airports at each end, and different levels of air-conditioning on the plane, so layers are best.
6. Do Exercises
Get up and stretch regularly if possible, or at least circle your ankles once an hour. The in-flight magazine will have pictures of the recommended exercises.
7. Chewing Gum
Chewing can help with the changes in air pressure, as can sucking on boiled sweets. Remember, your ears don't always pop just at take-off and landing times, but during the flight too. Chewing can also help if you feel nervous as it gives you something to do.
8. Use Cushions
To help ease lower back pain, place one of the pillows provided between your lower back (just below your ribs) and the seat. If you are trying to get some sleep do support your neck - you can use your own inflatable neck pillow or request another pillow and scrunch one provided by the airline.
So now there's no excuse to head off to that exotic, far off destination!
There is a poem that refers to the birth and death dates on a tombstone and says what matters most is the dash between those years ... here is a New Zealander whose legacy really stands out in their dash ...
30 August 1871 to 19 October 1937
Ernest Rutherford was born near Nelson in 1871. ‘Ern’, as he was known by his family, later claimed his inventiveness was honed on the challenges of helping out on his parents' farm: ‘We haven't the money, so we've got to think’.
His mother, who believed ‘all knowledge is power’, made sure her children had a good education.
After gaining three degrees at Canterbury College, Rutherford won an Exhibition of 1851 scholarship and used it to study at the Cavendish Laboratory of the University of Cambridge. Nicknamed ‘crocodile’ (because crocodiles always look forwards), he became known for his ability to make imaginative leaps and design experiments to test them.
In 1898 he accepted a professorship at McGill University in Montreal, returning to New Zealand briefly to marry Mary Newton, the daughter of his former landlady. It was at McGill University that Rutherford made the first of three major breakthroughs of his career: the discovery that atoms of heavy elements have a tendency to decay. This heralded the ‘carbon dating’ technique still important in science today.
Rutherford returned to England in 1907 to become Professor of Physics at Manchester University. Here he produced his second breakthrough – a new model of the atom as a tiny nucleus surrounded by orbiting electrons.
During the First World War, Rutherford worked on acoustic methods of detecting submarines – and unsuccessfully tried to persuade the United States government to use young scientists for research rather than in the trenches. It was not his first cause. He had campaigned for women to share men's privileges at Cambridge University, and spoken up for the freedom of the British Broadcasting Corporation from government censorship.
In 1917 Rutherford claimed that he had 'broken the machine and touched the ghost of matter’. In his third major breakthrough, he had succeeded in 'splitting' the atom – making him the world's first successful alchemist. This research was published in 1919, the same year he became Director of the Cavendish Laboratory. There he proved a humane and supportive leader who never failed to let his students take credit for research he had mentored.
On his final trip to New Zealand in 1925, Rutherford was received as a national hero and gave talks to packed halls around the country. His call for government to support education and research helped drive the establishment of the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) the following year.
In 1908 Rutherford received a Nobel Prize for his work on the disintegration of elements. He was knighted in 1914, decorated with the Order of Merit in 1925 and made a Baron in 1931, choosing for his coat of arms a design that included a kiwi and a Maori warrior. Many scientific institutions, streets and school houses bear his name and his image appears on the $100 note and on a stamp issued by New Zealand Post in 2008. He is the only New Zealander to have an element – rutherfordium – named in his honour. (The mineral rutherfordine us also named after him).
Rutherford died in 1937 of complications from a hernia. Years before, in the midst of the First World War, he had expressed the hope that no one would discover how to extract the energy of the atom until man was ‘living at peace with his neighbours’. Nuclear fission, which made possible the use of nuclear power, was discovered two years after his death.
By Emma Brewerton - Article courtesy of New Zealand History www.nzhistory.net.nz
Have you ever been in a position where you've needed to write somebody's Eulogy. Or perhaps you're in a position where you would like to write your own?
It is impossible to sum up a life story in a few minutes. However, we can tell stories and recall memories in valuable and creative ways. Here are some useful tips for you from Forrest Funeral Services.
A helpful eulogy is much more than a list of dates, but it is right to include important 'milestones' - birth and marriage, significant moves and changes of career.
Often it may be better to begin with a poem or reading than simply with a birth date. If the subject of the eulogy had a particular spiritual outlook or favourite passage of literature, it may be easy to choose something that sets the tone perfectly.
At other times, a story or a little historical background may help. For example, if a person was born on the North Shore in the 1920's, our talk might begin with a word-sketch of what life was like in the town in those days.
The eulogy should act as a springboard for others to call to mind their own special memories. So, talk about your feelings for this special person. Tell some stories about your experiences with him or her. Anecdotes are a splendid way to celebrate life - there is no reason to avoid the things that were amusing or even mildly irreverent!
Many immediate family members may understandably feel unable to speak publicly themselves, yet have important things to say. Check with them. If they want to offer a few words or a precious memory, try to briefly include these ingredients.
As a very general guide, we offer the following checklist of things you may want to include...
PHOTOS, PICTURES, MOMENTOS
"A picture is worth a thousand words" - and that is often true. Many families like to display some photographs or other life symbols at the funeral service.
Photographs need not be recent, provided they are characteristic of a person's life. Sometimes, a family photo or other group shot can be just the thing to capture personality.
Most photo-processing outlets can arrange enlargements and enhancement of existing photos quickly and cheaply. This can be really useful if you want to lift a single image from a larger picture.
Other items, like a favourite hat, prized trophy, art or craft sample, tennis racquet or golf club, can all help symbolise a life. The possibilities are vast. Sometimes, family members like to bring these symbolic items with them, and place them on or near the casket before or after the eulogy.
Finally, a carefully chosen piece of music can provide a pleasant reflective space after the eulogy. This may reflect the personal taste of the deceased, or simply be a track that the family find helpful for themselves.
Information coutesy of Forrest Funeral Homes, 39 Riverside Road, Orewa – Ph 09 426 7950 and 8 Glen Road, Browns Bay, Auckland, Ph: 09 479 5956 - www.forrests.co.nz
This is the first in a series of posts we will bring you taking you back in time to historical events in New Zealand's past. Today ...
ERUPTION ON WHITE ISLAND KILLS 10 PEOPLE - 10 SEPTEMBER 1914 ...
Attempts were first made to mine sulfur on White Island around the turn of the 20th century. On 10 September 1914, 10 miners were killed when part of the crater wall collapsed, causing a landslide.
The only survivor was the mining company’s cat, Peter the Great. Sulfur was used in the manufacture of sulfuric acid and superphosphate fertiliser.
White Island, in the Bay of Plenty 50 km from Whakatāne and Ōpōtiki, is New Zealand’s most active volcano. Known to Māori as Whakaari (‘to uplift or expose to view’), it is important to the local iwi, Ngāti Awa and Te Whakatōhea.
Sulfur mining on White Island recommenced in the late 1920s but proved uneconomic and ceased in the early 1930s. A total of 11,000 tonnes had been obtained. Today the island is a privately owned scenic reserve and tourism venture.
MOTOR RACING DRIVER BRUCE MCLAREN KILLED - 2 JUNE 1970 ...
At the age of just 22, Bruce McLaren had become the then youngest Formula One Grand Prix winner in the United States in 1959. He would win three more races and achieve 23 other podium finishes, and was runner-up in the 1960 Formula One World Championship.
His abilities as an analyst, engineer and manager contributed much to the success of the cars that still bear his name today. In 1963 he established the McLaren Racing Team which became one of the most successful in Formula One championship history.
McLaren was killed while testing one of his Can-Am series cars on the Goodwin circuit near Chichester, England. He was 32 years old.
In 1990 he became an inaugural member of the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame.
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