While those of you in the North are experiencing winter, with bare branches on most trees, down here in Cape Town, these brand new grape vine leaves are emerging from their stark branches.
post script: I started this post two months ago, but somehow never got round to processing the photos. And even though our grape vines are slower to develop than those in actual vineyards, by now they are covered in lots of leafy green foliage. There are even teeny grapelets on the vines. Summer arrives very quickly here.
This rose is from my garden. I only have three rose bushes; one large plant that produces an abundance of pink roses, with little scent, and two small ones that produce only a few red blooms, but with a magnificent scent.
I wish I could somehow transmit this beautiful aroma across the ether!
This red rose is for all my Northern friends; especially Pam at Butterflysand, who loves roses.
Today, November 11th, is Armistice Day and it is also Remembrance Sunday. It is 100 years since the end of World War One.
Traditionally red poppies are worn to symbolise those that grew on battle fields such as in Flanders Fields. Often it is hard to find any poppies for sale here in Cape Town, but this year I was happy to see a woman standing outside the local shops selling poppies; the one in the photo.
A two minute silence is held to mark the end of the First World War, at the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month.
Because we should remember all those fallen in all wars.