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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Photohunt 219: Purple

I teach young primary students. The junior girls tell me that pink and purple are their favourite colours. The boys tease the girls that those are girly colours. Recently on our consumer rights TV program, "Fair Go", a school girl wrote to "Fair Go" that stores only sell pink and purple and she has nothing to wear. Most of the companies were not very co-operative. They respond that overseas girls like pink and purple, and they just follow the trend.

Actually, when I was young, I liked purple too. I remember Dad took me to buy a pair of shoes when I was 14. I came home with a 1 inch silvered heel and purple shoes, and my oldest sister said it was ugly. I replied," I like it and it is me who is wearing it."



Do I still like purple? Yes. They are nice and soft. Since I have been blogging, I have noticed lots of God's creation are purple. Purple Lissianthus Flowers This is one of my favourite now, because my daughter G likes it and she gives it to me.




Last summer, I took Sam to the Star Dome, and I took these. There are plenty of purples in outer space. I will be happy there.


Finally, this is just one sample of my beautiful Hydrangea. It gives me warm memories of my Grand dad. He went to Borneo in his twenties in the early 1910s, so had much memories of China. He told us of this embroidery flower aka SAO JAO FA. In the old days, girls would embroider this ball and give it to her sweet heart. In more dramatic "Chinawood" style, she would be up the balcony of her house and throw it to the guys waiting in the garden. The guy who picks it up would be her husband. Of course, in real life, this would never happen, as guys and gals were arranged to be wed by their parents. My Grand Dad was an old romantic. This plant did not grow in Borneo. I once had a small plant with small balls of flowers in Singapore, and I had sweet reminiscences of my Grand dad.

This is my story, and I have told this to many of my fellow bloggers. I had a row of beautiful light coloured hydrangea. My friend who is a florist was happy to come to get some because of it's light colour blends very well with other flowers. One day, when I came home, my hedge had been given a complete make-over. It was bald, my husband went to ask him why he did it. The "blade happy" old man said, he felt more secure now the hedge is gone. His neighbour was burgled and he didn't like burglers hiding behind my hedge. We left it at that, the trouble is he continues to cut the hedge and the poor plants are almost dead. To keep the neighbourly peace, I decided to let him do what he wants. I can look back in my photos and also those of my fellow bloggers.

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18 comments:

alicesg said...

Hahaha when I was young I love green. But as I grow older, no idea when I fall in love with purple. My eyeshadow is purple and most of my clothes are purple..hehehe. Just bought two tee shirts few hours ago, and guess what colour they are...lol.

Indrani said...

Great take on the color. Lovely series of shot.

Mildred said...

Wonderful to read of your grandfather. I always think of you when I see the purple lisianthus. Pretty pictures today Ann.

Ah Ngao said...

my youngest boy don't like to wear anything with red on it,he says it's sissy. yes,purple flowers are very calming for me.the purple flowers you posted...they're just awesome !no such type over here

Lois said...

My daughter loves purple!

Kaori said...

Purple suddenly became a popular color last year! Everything fashion related went purple. That's too bad about your hydrangea bush...they are so very pretty when in bloom!

Serline said...

My hubby is rather fierce and macho, but he likes purple...

jams o donnell said...

Great selection of purples! I do like the flowers. Have a great weekend

Katya said...

What a lovely set of photos! Wonderful memories of your grandfather, for sure!
And, what a great neighbor you are!!!!!

And Miles To Go... said...

you have a great eye for the color Purple! Happy Saturday.

Alice Audrey said...

It's like a bouquet of chiffon skirts.

Carver said...

Great collection for the purple theme. The flowers are lovely. Your neighbor would never be able to put up with me nor me with him. I have privacy hedges all around my back garden and I'd be furious if anyone touched them.

Mariposa said...

Great take on the theme. Lovely flowers too.


Mariposa's PH!

gigi said...

Wow! You found a lot of purple this week! I love them all.

noel said...

aloha,


looks like you covered the purple challenge for today, nice capture on the various purples especially the lisianthus

my take was an intimate capture

Manang Kim said...

I love purple too and I have hydrangea that is not yet in bloom and I can't wait to see it's beauty. Happy Saturday!


Purple blossom

srp said...

Oh, I love the hydrangeas... I have one that is supposed to be dark purple with a white and green center... but I have to get the pH lower. So sad that they were cut down.

Mine is here.

Maya said...

Thank you for sharing about your romantic Grand dad. Hydrangeas remind me of my parents since they have several in their gardens. I can't say that I have a lot of pink or purple in my closet. They are colors I like to look at, but not wear.