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Thanks, and apologies

Thank you to all of you who emailed Christmas/ festive season messages of goodwill.  

I truly appreciate it.

I apologize for the lack of response on my part, but from Christmas Eve until today (29th Dec) my email server was down, and I could neither receive nor send emails. The outage was almost Australia-wide, and it was so frustrating to be unable to communicate with people, especially at this time of year.

Anyway, as far as I can tell, we’re back in contact again. Fingers crossed.

I hope you enjoy this photo of frangipani flowers (also called plumeria.) They’re more tropical flowers that don’t often grow in my neck of the woods, though I have had some small success with one plant.

I first discovered them when I was eleven and my oldest sister had them in her bridal bouquet. The smell was fantastic and I’ve been in love with them ever since. Whenever I hit places with warmer climates and find frangipanis in bloom, I collect the fallen flowers and take them back to my room.

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2 years ago

I did only say Merry Christmas on the blog here, but I think this is another example of how we’ve come to rely too much on technology sometimes. It was just two weeks ago when most everything that relies on AWS was down for a couple days.

But! One more time, hope you had a very Merry Christmas and that your upcoming New Year will be whatever you hope and more :)

2 years ago

I’m not so sure that a few days without email/wifi/texts, etc, is such a bad thing, Anne! But I am sorry to hear that it disturbed you during the holiday, and I hope your Christmas was still merry! And thanks for another tropical plant picture at Christmas–here in New England, amaryllis are about as tropical as it gets this time of year!

2 years ago

Happy New Year!
I know them as plumeria and fell in love with them visiting my aunt and uncle in Hawai’i. On a later trip I brought a stem section back to Maryland, which grew happily in a pot, though never flowered. I hoped having it outside on the deck might encourage flowers. Alas, it had no tolerance for an early frost and expired. With the miracle of the internet (when it works!), I bet I could order one and try again.
Thank you for teaching me something new tonight. I’ve heard of frangipani, but never knew what it was.