# Thursday, 03 May 2007

A lovely memorial of a very special couple

As avid blog readers will know, my beloved grandmother o"h (known to all as Bim) passed away about eight months ago. Despite being blind, she was a tireless worker for many worthy causes, including the Jewish Blind Society in Leeds. One of the projects that was close to her heart was a sensory garden for the blind, where the plants would be chosen for their tactile and fragrant qualities as much as their visual beauty.

Sadly, she did not live to see the realisation of this dream. After she passed on, others took up the challenge, and the garden was officially opened today. In memory of both Bim and my grandfather o"h, the Vivienne And Theo Morgan Sensory Garden is finally open in the new Community Centre in Leeds. We went over for the opening, and thought it would be nice to share some pictures with the world.

The community centre is built around a central courtyard, providing security and privacy for the elderly people who live there. The sensory garden itself is built in raised wooden beds, around three sides of a patio in the courtyard. The beds were designed so that elderly people would be able to touch and smell the flowers without having to bend down.

The official opening began with my mother and aunt unveiling the plaque that marks the garden. Unfortunately, they whipped it off so quickly that I didn't manage to catch them at it! You can see the cover just hitting the bench below in the following photograph...

The grand unveiling

The unveiling was accompanied with a couple of short speeches. The first was given by one of the social workers who had known Bim very well. They had formed a firm attachment, which lasted for many years. That was followed by a short speech from my Aunt, which was very touching, especially given that she is not keen on speaking in public.

After that, it was time to try it out. As mentioned above, most of the plants were chosen for their varied textures (including some lovely furry ones), or their aroma, which included some strong smelling herbs and grasses. Giving the two sisters the first honour, they managed to find the smell of these plants peculiarly amusing...

Smelling the plants

As well as appealing to the noses and fingers of blind people, the garden features a beautiful wind chime, which provided a lovely tinkling background to the atmosphere...

The wind chime

Obviously, a garden like this was not only designed to appeal to blind people, so some brightly coloured flowers were included for the rest of us as well. Due to the bright sunshine in his face, Aryeh Yehuda ended up appreciating these flowers with his eyes tightly shut! Aryeh Yehuda was actually supposed to be in school, but had not been feeling well. As we couldn't leave him at home, he ended up coming to Leeds with us.

Bright flowers for the sighted as well

And of course, the obligatory "smile for the camera please" before we left...

Enjoying the sensory garden

Whilst it was sad that she never saw the completion of this project, this garden is a lovely tribute to a wonderful woman. I feel proud that her lifetime's work will be perpetuated and appreciated for a long time to come.

In loving memory of both Bim and Gramps. We'll never forget you.

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# Tuesday, 01 May 2007

Google's unique innovation in distributed computing

I just read about an amazing new innovation that Google developed for powerful computing. It's worth reading the article right to the end, and taking especial notice of the line in red right at the bottom.

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# Tuesday, 24 April 2007

Erm, surely some mistake here

The Boss went shopping today. She saw a dress that she thought might be suitable for Chana Liba. It was marked "age 3" and carried the warning "Not suitable for under 36 months."

So who's going to wear it then?

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# Monday, 23 April 2007

Nechoma Bryna's observation on younger brothers

When younger brothers are small, you could just eat them...

...When they're older, you wish you had!

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# Thursday, 19 April 2007

A moral story

When our lawn mower broke and wouldn't run, my wife kept hinting to me that I should get it fixed. But, somehow I always had something else to take care of first, the truck, the car, playing golf - always something more important to me.

Finally she thought of a clever way to make her point. When I arrived home one day, I found her seated in the tall grass, busily snipping away with a tiny pair of sewing scissors. I watched silently for a short time and then went into the house. I was gone only a minute, and when I came out again I handed her a toothbrush.

I said, "When you finish cutting the grass, you might as well sweep the driveway."

The doctors say I will walk again, but I will always have a limp.

Moral to this story : Marriage is a relationship in which one person is always right, and the other is the husband.

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# Wednesday, 18 April 2007

The dangers of late-night flits to Asda

Every year, right after the last Yom Tov of Pesach goes out, I zip off to Tesco (along with most of the rest of North Manchester's Jewish population) and stock up the cupboards. This year I decided not to. We were off to Leeds the day after, so we weren't in urgent need of chometz, and could do a shop on the way home.

Predictably, we stayed in Leeds longer than we should have, and didn't have time to go to Tesco on the way home. As they are open 24 hours, we decided to go later that night. Well, it looked like a plague of locusts had hit the place! There were long stretches of empty shelves, and the usually helpful Tesco people just laughed when I asked if they had any Corn Flakes. It seems that I was the 97th person to ask in the last five minutes. So, we did a minor bit of shopping, and decided to leave the rest for another day.

On the way out, I remembered that there is a big Asda just nearby, which is also open 24 hours. Never having been, we decided to go there and just buy a box of Corn Flakes and some Weetabix. Big mistake, it cost us 90 quid!

You see the problem is that Asda sells just everything! Not just food and stuff, but telephones, toys, clothes, cupboards and so on. Our local Tesco sells some of this as well, but not as much. We really got carried away!

Trouble was, we enjoyed it so much that we've been back several times since! These late-night flits are getting expensive!

Ho hum, the cost of living eh?

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Simcha at 12 and a half months

I know I've been a bit lazy about updating this blog, but here's something to prove that I do add entries sometimes :-)

The day after Pesach, we took a PSG trip to Leeds to see Grandma and Grandpa's new flat. Whilst we were there, Simcha had a go at sitting in an ornate carved wooden chair they have. The result was just too scrummy to keep to ourselves...

Hopefully more regular updates, jokes and pictures will hit this blog... but don't hold your breath!

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# Wednesday, 21 March 2007

My daughter the literary genius

Simcha now has a huge vocabulary of high quality words. She can say "bup bup," which means "Please pick me up" as well as, erm, well not much else really!

Still, we think she's a genius.

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