March treat

B2015 FreesiasandrosesThese are the treat of the week. It’s ages since I have had the pleasure of watching and smelling freesias open in a bouquet. Unlike my Mother I enjoy having cut flowers in the house. She used to say she couldn’t bear to watch them die. In my own case it is worse to watch house-plants wither and die – such is my track record.

Today being International Women’s Day I thought I should choose something worthy from online or newspapers to talk about. Sadly, much of the reportage is on the negatives rather than the positives. And to be honest it makes for some very uncomfortable reading. One thing is sure though, I am always reminded of how fortunate I am to be living in Scotland / United Kingdom / the West. Life at least purports to be fair and just and we do have recourse to a mostly uncorrupt judicial system in the event that something goes wrong.

When we do the best we can, we never know what miracle is wrought in our life,
or in the life of another.  Helen Keller

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3 Responses to March treat

  1. Lydia says:

    Beautiful, beautiful freesias and lovely words, Freda! I have had cut freesias in the house only one season, when our grocer offered them in the flower section. I fell in love with them, and hummingbirds would come to the window whipping their wings in excitement to see them! I have look each year and cannot find any. Must get seeds and plant and hope I can grow some.

    Happy International Women’s Day to a woman I love and admire!

  2. Interesting piece in the Washington Post by the paper’s fact checker on these statistics on women. He gave them 4 Pinochios for lying…apparently the information put out by the UN and others who use UN data are based on an exaggerated set of statistics produced in 1978 by a flawed ‘researcher.’ So don’t despair. Although the information is flawed, I am sure things are improving in some parts of the world.

    (When Hillary was First Lady, I produced a report for her office on women in the U.S. (from Census sources). She took the report as a handout, to Bejing for the Conference on the Status of Women.)

  3. freda says:

    We are having problems getting more women represented in politics in the UK. I suspect part of the reason is that many women find the confrontational style used by many (mainly male) politicians uncomfortable.

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