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Me looking brave before taking to the air (and the wing) of the plane. Wow, it was cold !! But the whole experience was totally exhilarating.

 

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

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Date: 3rd March 2013

In a previous blog I wrote about my disappointment at not being able to see the Butterfly Exhibition at Wisley and that I'd purchased an orchid and a camellia to make up for it.

Well, I had a lovely surprise yesterday.  My orchid blooms had opened and  were giving off the most fragrant perfume - very difficult to describe.  I thought it was only  some varieties of  Miltonia Orchid which have a scent.

I'm really thrilled and hope I'm able to keep it alive and thriving.  At the moment I have 26 orchids of which eight have re-flowered so I must be doing something right.  I'm in danger of being taken over by orchids but I cannot bear to discard them once they've flowered  - it seems unkind to throw them away so I do my best to nurse them and encourage them to flower again.  They never bear as many blooms as they do when bought but it is a joy to see them flowering again especially as I do not have a greenhouse or any special conditions - just a rather large kitchen window sill and other appropriate places.

I've been trying to identify the perfume given off by this rather unusual orchid and finally I've realised that it is the scent of a carnation.  As it has aged, the scent has weakened.   Interesting that the Miltonia Orchid has a scent like Pansies and  is actually called 'The Pansy Orchid'.

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