Saturday, 13 February 2016

Sepia Saturday 317; Four;

Four-leaf clover  symbols and superstitions;

Italian automobile maker Alfa Romeo used to paint a four leaf clover, or quadrifoglio, on the side of their racing cars. This tradition started in the 1923 Targa Florio race, when driver Ugo Sivocci decorated his car with a green clover on a white background.
Los Angeles based space exploration company SpaceX include a four leaf clover on each space mission embroidered patch as a good luck charm.
Inclusion of the clover has become a regular icon on SpaceX's flight patches ever since the company's first successful Falcon 1 rocket launch in 2008, which was the first mission to feature a clover "for luck" on its patch.
 Celtic Football Club, a soccer team from Glasgow Scotland, have used the four leaf clover as the club's official badge for over 40 years.

Genuine four-leaf clovers come from the White Clover plant, trifolium repens. A true four-leaf clover, its fourth leaf is usually smaller than the other three leaves. 

What do the leaves symbolize?
One leaf is for FAITH...   The second for HOPE...  The third for LOVE...   And the fourth for LUCK!

The four leaf clover as accepted symbol of good luck, has an age old history. The clovers were valued in the cultural life of early peoples. White clover (T. repens  L.) was held in high esteem by the early Celts of Wales as a charm against evil spirits. Druids considered the 4 leaf clover  to bring them good luck.
The four-leaf clover is a rare variation of the common three-leaved clover. Good  luck of  a four leaf  clover is  especially enhanced  if found accidentally! (4 and 5 leaf clovers are also bred and cultivated.)

Clovers can have more than four leaves: Five-leaf clovers are less commonly found naturally than four-leaf clovers; collectors, particularly in Ireland, regard the five-leaf clover, known as a rose clover, as a particular prize. In very rare cases, clovers are able to grow with six leaves or more in nature.

A four leaf clover is as rare as 1 in 10’000. Its relative rarity  suggests a possible recessive gene appearing at a low frequency, or  a somatic mutation,  or a developmental error of environmental causes. This means that multiple four-leaf clovers could be found in the same clover plant.

Researchers from the University of Georgia have reported finding the gene that turns ordinary three-leaf clovers into the coveted four-leaf types. Masked by the three-leaf gene and strongly influenced by environmental condition, molecular markers now make it possible to detect the presence of the gene for four-leaves and for breeders to work with it. The results of the study, which also located two other leaf traits in the white-clover genome, were reported in the July/August 2010 edition of Crop Science, published by the Crop Science Society of America.

The other leaf traits, the red fleck mark and red midrib, a herringbone pattern that runs down the center of each leaflet in a bold red color, were mapped to nearby locations, resolving a century-old question as to whether these leaf traits were controlled by one gene or two separate genes.

White clover has many genes that affect leaf color and shape, and the three in the study were very rare. These traits can be quite attractive, particularly if combined with others, and can turn clover into an ornamental plant for use in flower beds.
Farms in the US  specialize in four-leaf clovers, producing as many as 10,000 a day, sealed in plastic as "lucky charms". 
Courtesy excerpts from Wikipedia/ photos Pinterest

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

Wednesday; Hydrogen Peroxide=Oxygen water;

HYDROGEN PEROXIDE  amazingly versatile;

By some it is called a miracle substance.
HP is safe to use, available at the chemist and cheap as well.

Hydrogen peroxide should  be called oxygen water,  basically it has the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2). Thist breaks it  down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water.

More facts about hydrogen peroxide:

It is found in all living material.

White blood cells  produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
Fruit and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. 
It is found in  the mother’s first milk, called colostrum, and is transferred to the baby to boost its immune system.

It is also found in rain water, the H20 in the atmosphere receives an additional oxygen atom from ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants grow faster.

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

There are  many, many and even more uses for HP.
In the dishwasher for a sanitizing boost
As a mouthwash;
Brushing your teeth a mix of soda, salt  and HP
Clean your kitchen, counter tops and cutting boards.
It is not toxic, it’s great to clean places that store food and dishes, refrigerator etc.

Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. 

Help for your plants, ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your pray bottle  to treat your plants.

Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Tuesday; fungi fun...

The rain has brought not just welcome wet for the garden it also has encouraged fungi to grow. These have grown on a old stump of wood at the entrance. I am delighted with the shape, delicate vessels to hold water. With time they grow tough and dark in colour.
I am not an fungi expert, but it might be Omphalotus nidiformus the ghost mushroom. I must check at night if it glows greenish.

A shelf fungi has made an appearance as well. 

Monday, 8 February 2016

Kitchen renovation; give me a kitchen and I cook you a meal;

...nearly all done,  waiting for the plasterer to do the cornices.

The Kitchen, small, simple and efficient...

replaced some existing cupboards with new drawers, new cupboards, new range hood.
Kept the retro mosaic glass tiles, stone counter tops, convenient big sink; at the moment all appliances are still working well.
Moved up the ovens for easier access.
I like the open crockery cupboard.
The chandeliers are  Murano antiques.

All the work was done by a local business, Currumbin Kitchen design. 

Many drawers are handy, some are deep for pots and pans and such,  others for utensils. Keeps everything in its place, efficiently and tidy.

the kitchen nook, the place to sip a Campari.. with lots of ice, Tonic and Lemon!

A Thermomix, my lovely neighbour said "posh"; I said no, no, it makes for efficient cooking. Good and healthy food is such an essential and a well organised kitchen helps a lot. Yes, I know, I could cook a good meal if I had just a fire and one pot!

I love open shelving, very handy! My little farm animals, a reminder of the grazing property; sometimes I really miss it, the freedom of a great space, green, golden, brown, with  a sun setting, big and red never seen here....wandering down to the sluggish river, deep and dark; dogs and even Tomy the Manx in tow,,,such wonderful times never repeated.  

Pottery plates from another time, long past, from two very talented artists in Kilchberg ZH. On top of the shelf  the fine Pottery, sculpted and painted Majolica made by my very talented daughter Lilli.

The faucet on the right is water from a very deep well, luckily beautifully sweet and mineral rich.
On the left town water.

Billy loves the kitchen for tidbits falling from heaven.

I have not tidied up the kitchen for the photos; after all it is a kitchen, sometimes tidy sometimes not.

,,the old tired looking kitchen.

©Photos Ts/Titania- Everyday;

Sunday, 7 February 2016



Nothing bores me as much as watching a game, be it football, golf,  basketball etc etc.
 If I believed in hell, I imagine it full of people playing all sorts of games, and I am  forced to watch…Ts

“No sight so sad as that of a naughty child," he began, "especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death?"

"They go to hell," was my ready and orthodox answer.

"And what is hell? Can you tell me that?"

"A pit full of fire."

"And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?"

"No, sir."

"What must you do to avoid it?"

I deliberated a moment: my answer, when it did come was objectionable: "I must keep in good health and not die.” 
 Jane Eyre