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Aldona at Large: Melbourne/Metro Mash-Up

Aldona at Large: Melbourne/Metro Mash-Up

Blue Potato Bush (Solanum rantonnei), Royal Botanic Garden, Melbourne There’s a lot to tell you about what’s going on, but first, a quick side trip to Melbourne on the final leg of my...

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Aldona at Large: Fabulous Festive February!

Aldona at Large: Fabulous Festive February!

Sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? And certainly at the TBG, the last few days of January have been as thorny as the Berberis shown above, as we wrestle to the ground this year’s budget, and...

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Aldona at Large: In the Bleak Midwinter…

Aldona at Large: In the Bleak Midwinter…

…Frosty wind made moan, Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone… From In the Bleak Midwinter by Christina Rossetti, c1872 Oh, never mind the dreary dirge. Your faithful scribbler has...

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Aldona at Large: Stand Up For Your Job

Aldona at Large: Stand Up For Your Job

Too much tush time, that’s been the problem. Most of my days are spent working at the computer, or answering emails, or going through various letters and documents. I also sit in at meetings, which...

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Aldona at Large: Oh By Gosh, By Golly

Aldona at Large: Oh By Gosh, By Golly

It’s time for mistletoe and holly. Or in other words, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, the winter solstice or—for you Jerry Seinfeld fans—Festivus. Whatever your celebration, it’s also a time of...

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Aldona at Large: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Aldona at Large: Walking in a Winter Wonderland

Okay, I know I'm jumping the gun and it's not really wintry yet. The thing is, I'm fast-forwarding a little because it's that murky, meh, neither-here-nor-there time of year that I detest, with its...

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Aldona at Large: Champagne wishes, caviar dreams

Aldona at Large: Champagne wishes, caviar dreams

My goodness, but I need to go on a diet. We're barely past Remembrance Day and the holiday party whirl has already started. My desultory 15 minutes of morning exercises need to be seriously ramped up...

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Show a Little Respect

Show a Little Respect

What would we do without our hard-working volunteers? Here at the TBG, they number some 375 strong and help us in every facet of our operations. From the reception desk, to the shop, to the library,...

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