Braving it with Roses

I was shopping this morning when I walked passed the fruit shop and saw that they were selling some rather nice bunches of roses. On impulse, I decided that I would buy a bunch of them for Jill for Mother’s Day. They cost me the princely sum of $16.

I know that Jill is not my mother, but she does try to ‘mother’ me all the time, so I thought that they were appropriate.


Now, the last time that I bought her flowers, Jill’s immediate question was “What have you done wrong, now?” I thought that I might be in for the same sort of response again but I must have a more honest look now a days as she just gave me a kiss and said “How Nice”.

The most interesting thing about these roses was to find out their origin. The label on the cellophane wrap was branded ‘Uhuru’. I thought that they might have come from Holland, as do most roses at this time of year, but a quick Google search showed that they actually came from Kenya. In fact they came from a little town called Timau which is just north of Mt Kenya, right on the equator in Africa. I would have driven through this town on my way up to Samburu National Park on my previous African visit. What a coincidence!

What really amazes me is just how the producer could grow them and freight them to an Australian importer who sold them to the retailer, who then sold them to me (assumedly all making a profit) for just $16. It’s not a lot of money for a nice bunch of ten dark red roses that were grown on the equator in Africa!


Bruce is a keen traveller and photographer. This web site describes his travel and family interests

One thought on “Braving it with Roses”

  1. Yes. How indeed. And how does 3 fish in a can be on my supermarket shelf from half way across the world for $1 or $1.5. Weird hey.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Every Day Life

An Autumn Day Out

I always  think that Autumn is the nicest time of year in Melbourne and today was a prime example. We  had a balmy sunny day with no wind and blue skies. The temperature was a mild 20C. These Autumn days get cool once the sun goes down and the nights are quite cool but this […]

Read More
Every Day Life

Events of the Last Few Weeks

My last few weeks have been busy wih activities that, on their own aren’t significant, although they have had an impact on me. Liberation of Villers Brettoneux Memorial Service Some years ago, along with my good friend Ken, I joined a commemorative organisation called ‘The Friends of the 15th Brigade’. This was the Brigade in […]

Read More
Every Day Life

The Titanic Artifacts Exhibition

This week, I visited a superbly curated exhibition at the Melbourne Museum. It was a display of artifacts, stories and reproductions from the RMS Titanic that famously sank on her maiden voyage when she hit an iceberg on April 14, 1912. Of the 2,240 passengers and crew on board, more than 1,500 lost their lives […]

Read More