SA Rare Bird News Report – 12 December 2019 – Google Groups!topic/sa-rarebirdnews/NdxlIr7zJbQ

Greta Thunberg has been voted person of the year 2019 by Time

Blog Site of Gabriele R.


Greta Thunberg, the Swedish girl activist who, for many months, has been taking to the streets all over the world to protest against climate change caused by pollution, was voted by TIME magazine as a person of the year 2019.

The American magazine, which has always voted for the most influential person on the planet (for better or for worse) has left President Trump empty-handed, who was one of the contenders for the title. However, although the Swedish girl has won the title of one of the most famous and presitigiose magazines on the planet, it is right to ask oneself, if Greta Thumberg is as influential as it seems. Surely the media reports give reason to her because the news of all nations talk about her protests. But then how much does she affect the decisions of heads of state on the rules to preserve the effects of pollution?

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The U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, D.C.

Carolyn LaColombe

When the weather is nice, the National Arboretum in Northeast Washington, D.C. is one of my favorite free places to visit with or without kids. Since the arboretum is over 400 acres, I’m able to see a different section every time I visit.

Every visit, I make sure to stop at the National Capitol Columns, which were part of the original Capitol building built in 1828. It’s the perfect spot for a picnic while enjoying the view. Or a great spot to let kids of all ages run around.

Similar to many of the museums in D.C., it’s free to visit. They do offer special programs, events, and classes. My husband and I once learned how to create our own bonsai trees. Unfortunately we left for a two week vacation shortly after the class and our trees didn’t survive. But I strongly recommend checking out their events calendar.


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Short Trip to Canberra

Wonderful World Of Danni

Hello Everyone,

I recently went to Canberrafor a short work trip. I thought I would share some on the things I got upto while I was there.

I have always been fascinated by coins so it was always on my bucket listvisit the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra and this trip I go the chance you go. It was extra exciting as they had a Mr Squiggle exhibition there when I went. He was one of my favorite cartoons as a child.I also got to see onto the manufacturing floor where youcan see all the different stages of coin making.

Mr Squiggle $2 coin

Manufacturing floor

We also visited the National Arboretum Canberra. Which hasendangered and symbolic trees from around Australia and the world. They also have a National Bonsai and Penjing which had some amazing plants and history of each plant. They have a small café and gift…

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Boland Bonsai Kai Annual Club Show 2019


The last few weeks has been amazing. I was once again head of the committee that was responsible for all the arrangements for our club’s annual show. Everything went according to plan and the event turned out to be a huge success as we received a lot of compliments from guests that attended the show.

The build up to the show started on Friday 29 November 2019. The tables and room dividers arrived at 10:00 and we were all set up at 14:00 just in time to start receiving the trees that have been entered into the show. During the registration of the bonsai trees I arrange for a bit of entertainment to help the club members settle in. This year we clustered the bonsai trees in the styles they were entered in. This helped the judges with deciding on winners for each category. At 17:00 we started with our…

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Photographic Competetion

Hermanus Bird Club


The Xmas Party held last night was a fun-filled affair in which members could relax and enjoy each other’s company.  As usual, there was the photographic competition, which, this year, only attracted 19 entries (last year we had 29) .

Winner of the Best Bird Photo was ‘Cutie Pie’ by Ronnie, who also won the Best Caption with ‘Go Away – Can’t you see I’m Busy’, whilst Sheelagh Bowman took the prize for the best Fun Photo with ‘Every Drop Counts during the Drought’

Well done to all the participants for putting on a good show, which was enjoyed by all.

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