Last year, I purchased a potted Magnolia from the supermarket. It is a little frazzled about the edges from the heat and I’ve been watching the two flower buds with some anxiety – sure they would wither and harden. A few days ago, the first one began to loosen and, yesterday, the flower opened on one side. Its lemon scent is heavenly.


the lopsided flower with stamens fallen in a sepal.


stamens scooped in a sepal

I didn’t know about sepals until I was checking Wikipedia to make sure I was looking at stamens. On a magnolia, sepals are indistinguishable from petals so I’m guessing they are the first three at the base.

I moved overhead and looked down and saw more stamens piled in a second sepal. When I came back with the camera, the culprit was there, cavorting amid the stamens with pleasure.


cavorting in loose stamens


looking for juicy bits


yummy yum yum

Curious, I cautiously moved the stem so I could see the heart of the flower.


red stamen scars and curly topped stigmas and a bee, of course

As I watched, this bee took out another stamen and it fell down to join the others.

Today, the flower looks like it spent our very warm night in a pot of tea. Just as well I hadn’t planted the poor thing. I’ll see how the second flower fares in another position.

Inside the flower, the curly bits are gone – replaced by what looked like some spiky red things to my nearly 62-year-old eyes. Apparently, I have a colourful fruit to look forward to. There are several little green bugs lurking inside the flower, too, so I know what my next photography session will be.

I can’t believe it has taken me this long to have a magnolia tree.

On writing…

I have moved past the revision block I’ve had for weeks. I’ve been stuck on lesson 7 and it’s an important one to make sure everything in my novel’s setting makes sense. I had trouble identifying the different things I needed to see during a read-through.

I doubted myself to the stage where I thought let’s just chuck in this whole being a writer thing.  But then I thought of my sister and the promise I made when she died. I will finish this. I will make this dream come true. Of course, I also thought of the money I had paid out to learn to revise in a productive way. I thank my lucky stars I chose to publish on Wattpad because I know some people already love my story despite its shortcomings. To paraphrase Holly Lisle –  it’s already as crappy as it’s going to get.

So, after lots of false starts, some tears, and piles of crumpled worksheets, I decided to do the analysis differently. I put the settings and other elements on index cards instead of using the worksheets. Down to business,finally, and I found myself filling out the worksheets instead of the cards. Huh? Go figure. I know I’m not filling them out exactly right, but the lesson is going to work how it should as I already see how my story start hasn’t carried through to the end as well as it could have.

Progress, at last. A little daunting, as I have quite a few settings and magical explanations to think about and 91 scenes to explore.

Thanks for being part of my journey.  ❤

Flowers, Taniel

My first magnolia flower

Bees & Bugs

Bee Feasting on Dandelions

We have another dreary wet day in store. I thought some pretty bee pictures would brighten my morning. I took these in my backyard a week or so ago with the NikonD3000 on auto.





Thanks for looking. 

I’ve ordered Nikon D3000 for Dummies from Book Depository so maybe I will learn to use the Nikon. I did do a general online class with Shaw Academy when GoDaddy gave me a free course selection. I took lots of notes but didn’t follow through.  I’ve already downloaded Nikon D3000: From Snapshots to Great Shots to my Kindle but a digital book just isn’t the same as a real one. Out of sight, out of mind. I can leave the Dummies one on my coffee table and leaf through it until I know it backwards.

As with everything, only the doing will produce results!

Speaking of GoDaddy, I ditched  the author website with them when the renewal came up – it wasn’t doing anything, probably because I pretty much ignored it. I have a new .com website here with WordPress. More on that later when I get it going.

I hope you enjoy the bees as much as I do. All the best.  🙂