Susan Harwood said...

Hello Rosa

The poster for your Christmas play makes us wish we were able to come! My daughter (who is now twelve and a great singer and performer) says I should ask you for the script so she can read it! (! ! !) (? ? ?)

Hope it goes well.


jessica said...

a fantastic poster for what i'm sure will be a fantastic play. good luck and that!

rosa said...

thanks, friends!

Susan, I think I'll have time to email you the script if you are serious about wanting to read it. There's a lot of interaction with the audience, so it's a little hard to translate to paper, but you could get a feel for what we were trying to accomplish. I'll have time soon, I can feel it!

Susan Harwood said...

Perfectly serious - especially my daughter. (Scripts for plays were on the list of wishes she sent to Father Christmas!)

But don't rush. Wait till Christmas is over.

Hope you are having a brilliant build up to Christmas. My husband has just gone off with the children to collect the chicken while I get the house ready so we can bring in the tree. (We are unconventional in that we don't decorate until the afternoon of Christmas Eve. Everyone thinks we are very weird and dull about this because all our friends and neighbours have had their decorations up for ages. But we like to wait until after the Christmas Eve service - when the children come back from Church with balloons and we make a sudden and joyful transformtaion from advent to Christmas.)


rosa said...

What a great thing for your daughter to ask for! I hope our little play is up to par with all the scripts she might receive-it was fun (mostly) to write, there were about 4 of us who've worked on it since September.
And a great idea about the tree coming on Christmas Eve, I like that. (And it keeps the needles off the carpet for all the weeks of Advent....the sound of the vacuum cleaner with Christmas carols in the background is not uncommon in our house....) A happy Christmas to you and your family!

Read Your Way Through the Garden: Choice Tomes From Garden Literature

  • A Book of Salvias by Betsy Clebsch
  • Botany for Gardeners by Brian Capon
  • Making Bentwood Trellises by Jim Long
  • RHS Encyclopedia of Plants & Flowers
  • Rose Primer: An Organic Approach to Rose Selection & Care by Orin Martin
  • Start With the Soil by Grace Gershuny
  • Sunset Western Garden Book
  • Sunset Western Landscaping Book
  • The Book of Garden Secrets by Patent & Bilderback
  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Botany
  • the Gardener's Table: A Guide to Natural Vegetable Growing and Cooking by Richard Merrill & Joe Ortiz
  • The Gardener's Year by Karel Capek
  • The Hutchinson Dictionary of Plant Names: Common & Botanical
  • We Made A Garden by Margaret Fish

lotsa latin: rosa's botanical & etymological ruminations

  • vespertinus: flowers in the evening
  • vernalis:spring
  • veni vidi nates calcalvi: we came, we saw, we kicked butt. This was printed on a T shirt I bought at Abbot's Thrift many years ago. It encircled the NEA symbol. I wish I knew why.
  • superciliaris: shaped like an eyebrow ex: sturnella superciliaris, the White-browed Blackbird
  • rosa-sinensis: species of Hibiscus: Hibiscus rosa-sinensis. Lit. Rosa of China, so named by British plant hunters.
  • placentiformis: shaped like a cake ex: discocactus placentiformis
  • nudiflorus: flowers before leaves show ex: flowering quince, magnolia
  • nivalis: growing in or near snow ex: galanthus nivalis (common snowdrop)
  • muralis: growing on walls
  • mirabilis: marvellous, wonderful
  • formosa: beautiful ex: dicentra formosa, a.k.a.western bleeding heart/dutchman's breeches/lady in a bath
  • carpe vitam: get a life
  • Carolus Linnaeus: Latinized name of Carl von Linne (1707-1778), Swedish naturalist considered the father of plant taxonomy. Whatta guy.