The year 2013 started with a sunny, bright, and breezy weather and then turned to the chill. We are having days with single digit temperature at the highest for a week in Kansai region. In the frosty morning or in the freezing air, my eyes are caught by 山茶花, or Camellia sasanquas, blooming fresh and lovely. Sasanqua is a species of camellia native to the mountains of southeastern Japan.
Likewise, this little girl brightens my home up and warms and cheers my heart up (and makes me busy, too) when it is dreary and cold.
|She likes running.|
|She likes playing with a ball.|
|She likes height and looking up at the sky.|
Camellia sasanquas are autumn-winter flowering: they start blooming when autumn foliage start muted in colors. From late November to January they add lovely pink, red, or white to the pale wintry landscape.
There is spring-flowering camellias, 椿, or Camellia japonica. They bloom in late winter through early spring after Sazanquas are finished. It would be difficult to tell them apart, but apart from the blooming time, Sasanqua flowers fall away petal by petal, while Camellia japonica flowers drop off whole.
|乙女椿 Camellia japonica|
So, how did you enjoy the holiday season? I hope everything is fine with you.
As for myself, I’ve been with my granddaughter since early December when she turned 2 because her mother (my daughter-in-law) is in hospital to stay quiet and take treatment for the threatened premature delivery. Expected time is three months ahead but I’m not over concerned as this could happen and both mother and unborn baby are fine at the hospital. We families are doing our best to do each one’s own role. Now I’m having a break from grandparenting for a week while she is at another grandparents’ in Kobe.
Time is like a flowing water, so I cherish every moment that life gives me. For the time being, I’ll enjoy this cute, curious, adventuresome little girl with bundle of energy. Please be patient with my tardiness in blogging and commenting.
Wish you a happy, prosperous, and healthy 2013, my dear Friends.