I thought I'd better snap some of the camellias I see on my walk as the current wind will probably blow a lot of the blooms off the bushes - such a delicate flower.
I do like to see all these anonymous looking bushes suddenly bloom for a short time each spring.
But I'm more used to seeing white blooms as those were dominant in New Zealand where they are also used as a symbol of women gaining the vote. They even feature on the $10 note which has a picture of Kate Sheppard who led the suffrage campaign.
Back in October 1893 when the campaign to give women the right to vote had succeeded in legislation being introduced in parliament, the women campaigning gave each member of parliament who they knew would support them a white camellia to wear on their lapel.
The legislation passed- the first country to remove a gender qualification for parliamentary elections.
The day is still marked in New Zealand with many women attending a celebratory suffrage day breakfast, including several hosted by government ministers and senior women in other walks of life. Often these include singing several suffrage songs.
I attended may such breakfasts while I was there and all the celebrations of the 100 year anniversary of women's suffrage in 1993.
Amazing what thoughts a pretty flower can trigger
Waving to you all and wishing you all a good week