New Farm Park, Brisbane

Sunday, May 22, 2011

BY GINGER! The Girls Won.

Last weekend our friends, Ben and Lynn from the Gold Coast came to stay with us. Ben and Bill migrated from Switzerland back in 1967 and they have remained friends ever since. Ben also married an Australian girl. The Swiss boys taught the Australian girls how to play Jass, a Swiss card game. So, whenever we visit each other we play Jass, the Aussie girls against the Swiss boys. Us girls don't often win but last weekend 'we took them to the cleaners'. We won 6 games to 2. The Aussies beat the Swiss at their own game. Yeah!!
Lyn brought me a bunch of Ginger flowers from her garden. They are beautiful.

When you squeeze them a sticky liquid runs out smelling of ginger.

Its a weird, wonderful flower.

26 comments:

  1. Beautiful flower...I've never seen it before. So perfect I though your first photo was an arrangement done with items from a craft store! Time with old friends from far away is just the best! Sounds like you had a great visit.

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  2. Yeah...they almost look plastic. Or something. But I love them. I'll take a dozen.

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  3. Now that is a lovely display in the vase.
    Never heard of the game Jass....will have to look it up.
    Good on the the women winning :)

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  4. Very special flower, never heard of it and the smell of ginger must be strange for a flower. Great you two won your game, womanpowerrrr.

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  5. Ginger flowers, huh? Well--I've never heard nor seen anything quite like that.... Very interesting...

    Glad the GIRLS won!!!! That's SUPER.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. these are amazing to me, have never seen them before. i love ginger bread so i am sure i would love the smell. the first photos is really really pretty, they look so good in that vase. i have never even seen a picture of these before. congrats to the girls

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  7. Australia has some weird and wonderful flowers and plants, that's for sure. When I visited there, I expected "unusual" animals compared with North America, but wasn't prepared for the flora to be equally different. Fabulous!
    — K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  8. Oh, well done on putting those two Swiss boys in their place! I seem to recall the last time you ladies had beaten them, too (you'd gone to their home and had sat in their atrium and you shared some lovely pictures of their little tropical garden with us)?

    I have never seen 'ginger flowers' They certainly are strikingly different, Diane and I love your arrangement and 'tableau' you created :)

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  9. Diane, congrats on winning the card games. Sounds like fun! The ginger flowers are weird looking but the scent must be lovely.

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  10. What an interesting flower...I've never seen those before. They look like red pine cones to me!

    Congratulations to the Aussie girls for winning!

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  11. Well done girls!
    I've never seen a ginger flower before but the colour is gorgeous and I can imagine the ginger perfume would be wonderful wafting through the house. xx

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  12. Another name for those beehives is shampoo ginger and you can use the liquid as a shampoo. I tried it and it does foam up, but I wouldn't say I was totally sold on it! It would work in a pinch though!

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  13. Desiree, you have a good memory. We did go to their place and play cards overlooking their small tropical garden but I don't think we won. We started off winning but they over took us in the end.

    africanaussie Thanks for the name.

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  14. Sounds like lots of fun and laughter during that game ;-)
    How different to see a vase of ginger! Quite lovely and unusual.

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  15. Quite a stunning display... yes, also quite weird.

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  16. Yea Aussie Girls! Congrats on the flattening of the Swiss Boys at their own game. That must have been sweet!

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  17. Wow, those look cool. They kinda look like a thick red pinecone. Getting together with dear old friends is always fun. Congrats to the girls!

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  18. Good on you girls........

    I love the photos they are a weird looking flower but cool also.

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  19. Wow... Thats a wierd flower but it is so beautiful...
    And to beat someone at their own game is very very satisfying!!
    Have a great week ahead:)

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  20. Wow I've never seen ginger flowers like that ... they are wonderful.

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  21. ANY plant or flower from the ginger family is AMAZING!! But maybe it helps to love ginger and ginger products ...

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  22. I've never seen a ginger flower before - it looks so much like a red pine cone. i caught up with your lemon tree and camera club posts and enjoyed them all. I love having a glimpse of life "down under" when I visit your blog. Thanks for your visits, Diane.

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  23. I adore your photography. You are doing great with that macro lenses too.

    Beautiful!

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  24. It's a beautiful flower! I love the smell and taste of ginger very much.

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  25. Yeah to the girls!!!
    The ginger flowers look like red pine cones. It's quite beautiful in your arrangement.

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  26. Never saw such a flower, indeed looks very strange !
    How nice to get together with such good old friends !
    I never played Jass, but I heard of it, it's also played in Austria.

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