Sirtea 茶翁

This is my journal: It records my thoughts, my cares, my struggles, my achievement and failure, my observation of life and nature, internet circulation、treasures、or recycled junks I found, ... . If you stumbled upon this blog by accident or on purpose, I welcome you. Thank you for your visit and comments. Hurry back!
這裡紀錄著我的生活點滴:我在想些什麼, 做那些事, 關心何事, 我的得與失, 我對人與自然觀察所得, 網路資訊、撿到寳貝、或是古物回收,... 。如果您是專程特地來訪或是無意中路過, 我誠心歡迎您。多謝您來訪及留言指教。請再來噢!

Friday, April 23, 2010

New $100 Bill 新百元鈔

U.S. Government unveils new $100 bill to foil counterfeiters. The new bill includes watermarks and an embedded security thread and will go into circulation in February 2011.
U.S. currency holders/users do not have to trade in their older design $100 notes when the new ones begin circulating.

美國聯邦政府展示新百元大鈔來抗僞造。新百元鈔加上水紋和保全螺紋安全設計。新鈔將於2011年二月開始發行。
持有舊鈔的人不必要換新鈔, 新舊鈔票將同時流通使用。

Wild Flowers 野花

God creates lots, lots of beautiful things,
here is one.

上帝創造了許多許多美麗的東西,
這是其中之一。

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Newborn Swallows 小小燕子

I found a nest full of newborn swallows under the awning corner. Due to small space gap, I could not see them. Fortunately, My camera helped capture them. There were at least 4 babies in the nest. The mother swallow was out looking for baby food....

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在這個遮日篷⻆發現滿鳥巢新生的小燕子。太狹窄我看不到, 幸虧用相機拍到他們。看來巢中最少有四隻以上的小小燕子。母燕不在家, 我猜可能找食物去... 。

Praise Report 感恩報告

I received this Email From Rev. Hung:

April 22,2010
Dear Brother in Christ,
Thank God for His grace and thank you for your prayers.
The operation to cut out the 2cm malignant rectum tumor and all my 20 cm long rectum was success. I came home on April 20. I lost 2kg in body weight; now only 54kg. There is still pain in my anus when I sit. The anus is still bleeding.
My surgeon says he will operate on me weeks or months later to cut out the 2cm tumor in my lung and a tiny tumor in my liver! It makes me shudden. God have mercy upon me. Please continue to pray for me and my family, who suffer with me. Thank you.
God bless you all.
Gratefully yours,
Daniel m. Hung
P.S. I still have to keep the troublesome subtitute anus for a long time.

收到洪牧師來信:
洪牧師的直腸瘤切除手術順利成功。已於前天(4/20)出院回家。
肺部的小腫瘤稍後再訂時間開刀。
感謝上帝施恩, 也感謝大家的代禱。
請各位兄姊繼續爲他和他的家人祈禱。

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I Do 我願意


Two Slovakian lovers
Vlocano eruptions
No flight home for scheduled wedding
Said I do in Taiwan. (Read more...)


一對歐洲情佀
火山連爆灰
無班機回家結婚
臺人辨婚禮。

Irises 鳶尾花

Lavender Irises start to bloom.
淡紫色鳶尾花開始開花了。

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Emergency Rescue 緊急救援

Due to more and more boats on the lake, Public Safety Division blocked off one lane of highway on Cothran Bridge this morning. They were conducting bridge and lake accident emergency rescue training. Hoping for a safe boating season.

越來越多的遊湖船和釣魚船在湖中釣魚玩水。今早公安單位關閉了柯斯蘭橋上一線段公路。他們在作湖橋事故緊急救援演習。但願人船安全遊湖。

Northland's Spring 北國之春

鄧麗君 Teresa Teng (1/29/1953-5/8/1995)

80年代風靡臺、港、中、日、東南亞的臺灣歌星。「北國之春」最近網路票選爲鄧麗君唱最被喜愛的歌曲。

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Teresa Teng was a renowned Taiwanese Singer of the 1980s in Taiwan, Hong Kong, Japan, China and South Asia. "Northland's Spring" was voted recently on the internet the most loved song sang by Teresa Teng.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Wild Scallions 野葱

Wild scallions are growing everywhere. They are edible. But, they won't be as good as farm grown. I threw them onto compost heap.

野葱到處亂生亂長。雖說它們是可吃的, 我認爲還是農場培育的才更好吃。順手丟棄堆肥堆。(想到小時候老師和課本教--對岸同胞吃草根... !!!)

I borrowed these scallion pictures from Rev. Chuang's blog. They enjoyed the food and one day trip to northeast coast-Yilan, Taiwan. What a treat they shared.

我自莊牧師-這是我的部落格借這幾張青葱的照片
他們分享一日旅遊臺灣東北岸宜蘭三星農場等處的報導。令我口水流不停呢!

Swing On High Sky 高空中盪


Playground 遊樂場

Swing high,
A favorable tourist attraction;
Scarry adventure.

高空盪鞦韆,
遊客爭先好玩處;
嚇人的冒險。

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Catch the Train 追火車

我在魚夫的博客上看到這張照片, 禁不住而留言回應如下:

魚夫勇敢趕火車,
可惜雙腳尖著地作樣。
不過,
此圖景令人想起,
少年時跳火車的往事。

* 想當年讀初高中時上學返家連續追趕跳了六年的火車。雖是少年無智的行爲, 卻令人回味不盡。


I saw this picture on Yufu's blog, and left a comment (something like the following in English).

Yufu bravely catches the train.
Unfortunately, it's only a posture for picture.
But,
This picture brings to my mind,
Chasing train while I was young.

* For six years, I took the train round trips while I was in junior and senior high school. Even though catching (chasing or jumping) a train like that was not an acceptable behavior, that was what we young lads did long long ago.

Capoeira 卡波耶拉

Capoeira, originated in Africa, is now a popular game in Latin America.
It is a mixture of music, dance, sport, exercise, and competition activity.

卡波耶拉源自於非洲, 風行於拉丁美洲。
它是一種溶合着音樂, 舞蹈, 運動, 體操, 和競技的群體活動。

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Saturday, April 17, 2010

Three Simple Meals 精簡三餐

These are our 3 meals, simple yet nutritious:
Oatmeal breakfast, English muffin salad lunch,
Steamed dumplings and sauteed vegetable with chicken dinner.


我們簡單營養的三餐:
早餐燕麥粥, 午餐英式刈包配生菜沙拉,
晚餐水餃和炒白菜鷄肉絲。

Visitors 訪客

Sirtea Garden visitors: 2 Wrens and 2 Canadian Geese.
This wren sat on top of pine cone flower high up in the air(↓ left) . I used 5X telephoto (my Olympus maximum 5X) to take this picture. It's a bit blurry.
← Two Canadian Geese dropped in to visit. Our white female duck befriended with them. I hoped she wouldn't elope with them.


茶翁家園來了二隻鷦鷯鳥和兩隻過境的加拿大鵝。
這隻鷦鷯停息在半空中的松果花上。我用奧林寳五倍遠焦距拍攝, (↑ 左)照片糢糊些。
這兩隻(↑)過境的加拿大鵝跟白母鴨走得很親近。但願她不會跟着牠們私奔才是。

Friday, April 16, 2010

Because Of You 因爲您



Because of you, I am a richer man.
I thank God.
I thank God for you.

因爲有您, 我成爲更豐足的人 。
我感謝神。
我爲您而感謝上帝。

You Raise Me Up 你鼓舞了我

是你! 你鼓舞了我超越我自己。
It's you! You raise me up to more than I can be.

歌曲 Song: You Raise Me Up
歌詞 Lyrics: Brendan Graham
音樂 Music: Rolf Loveland
演唱 Sing by: Josh Gorban

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Thursday, April 15, 2010

Feather Arrangement 羽毛圖組

2 more pictures of duck feather arrangement.

增兩張鴨羽毛組合圖。




See previous Duck Feather picture.

看上次鴨羽毛圖。

Microsoft Drawing 微軟抽獎


This email from Microsoft notifies me a sweepstake drawing today.
Mmhhh, MICROSOFT, MICROSO, MICRO,... (cleaning my eyeglasses).
Wait. It's from Microsoft Corporation Consultancy Firm
Another spam phishing email. Laughingly, I deleted it.

收到來自微軟公司幸運抽獎通知的伊美兒。
呣! 微軟, 微軟, 微, 僞...(眼鏡擦乾淨)
等等, 是來自微軟顧問公司。
又是網路釣魚下餌電子信。一笑置之, 刪除它。

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Let's Pray-5 請一齊禱告-伍

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For Prayer Request, please use the tool on left "Prayer Request ". Or, post your request on this "Comments" below.
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代禱事項, 請用左側「請代禱」。或者請留言在此則下面的「回應留言」裡。
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For Eyes Only 眼看足矣

For eyes not for mouth.
Beautiful coffee drawings, too delicate to drink them.

眼看難動口。
咖啡藝術精彩畫面, 好看可捨不得喝呀。

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Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Root Marks 樹根疤

Riding lawn mower run over tree roots damaging the roots.
These roots healed themselves and formed awesome marks.




刈草機輾過樹根, 弄傷了樹根。
而這些樹根自然痊癒而形成很奇特的疤痕。

Fence 籬笆

Last December, a strong wind blew down our neighbor's trees. With a chain reaction, the trees damaged to our fence. Recently, our neighbor removed tree limbs and branches on our side. We fixed the damaged portion of fence today.

去年十二月, 一陣強風吹倒鄰居的大樹, 而這些大樹壓壞我們家的籬笆。鄰居清除倒在我們這邊的樹幹和小樹枝。今天, 我們修補那一段壓垮的籬笆。

Monday, April 12, 2010

Fishing 釣魚

Possibly because of pollen particle floating on lake, I could see lots of fishes swimming beneath surface.
可能是湖面上漂浮着花粉, 我可以看到不少大小魚浮上來取食。


I found this bass at the picnic area. I thew it back onto lake for turtles to salvage it.
在湖畔發現這隻鱸魚, 我把它丟回湖中, 讓烏龜和其他的清道夫享用。



People like to fish: some fishing at pier or shore, some with pantoon boat, some compete in bass tournament.

許多人喜歡釣魚: 有的在凸出碼頭獨自垂釣, 有的開平底船到湖中釣, 很多人參加釣鱸魚競賽。

Ping Pong Game 打乒乓球

Watch a game of ping pong.
Mmmh. It's a good match! Who is the opponent?
Him! Wonderful!

來看打乒乓球。
嗯, 打得不錯嚒! 哪, 對手是誰啊?
哎唷媽呀, 原來是他!

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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lawn Care 整理庭院

These few days, I've been busy doing lawn care yard work:
removed dead branches,
spread weed killer on asphalt crack weeds and unwanted areas (except vegetable garden),
trimmed lawn edges and hard to mow places.


這幾天天氣好, 忙著整飾戶外庭園:
剪鋸樹木枯枝,
停車場和行車道裂縫雜草噴灑除草劑(不噴洒菜園),
修齊草坪邊緣和割草機割不到的地方。

Pine Cones 松果

Only a few days passed, I found new baby pine cones growing.

才不過幾天, 開花的松毯已經長出幼松果了。

Scenic Roads 觀光公路

Unique design scenic highways.
Are they highway to heaven or ...?
Good luck driving!


獨特養眼的高速公路。
欣賞美景千萬別霎眼,
還是專心來開車爲妙。

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Haiku And Shells 排句與貝殼

‧Snail and clam Shells,
‧Found in early spring day,
‧Made them funny faces.

I try to write a Haiku poem. A Japanese Haiku needs to have three lines 5-7-5 (17) syllables or less and about one of 4 seasons, and ...
I hope my blog readers in Japan or anyone who know Haiku would give me feedback or comments.


‧蝸牛偕蛤蚌,
‧留殼供人早春賞,
‧組成臉譜圖。

自學排句詩, 留給自己來欣賞, 無師難成材。
一首日本排句詩要有三行5-7-5 (17 或以下)個音節, 含有四季之一, 且主題 ...
我真希望日本的網友或有懂得排句詩的網客能夠指點指點。

A Loving Pair 你濃我濃

Stand guard 雄鴨站崗。

Poppy-duck: "Honey. It's time to take a break."
Mammy-duck: "Yes, dear. I am coming."
What a kind, and caring scene!

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小鴨爸:「哎唷, 小鴨㸰媽, 辛苦您了。 快出來休息一回兒吧。」
小鴨媽:「好, 好, 小老公。就來了。」
好貼心温馨的畫面!

Friday, April 9, 2010

Beautiful Sunrise 很美的日出

I mentioned that we had rain yesterday noon, and it rained last night again.
Starting my morning walk at 7am this morning, I enjoyed green lawn and fresh air.
What a beautiful sunsrise morning!

我提到昨天中午下了一陣雨, 昨夜再下了不少雨。
今晨7 點鐘開始每日的漫步。觀賞籃天綠地, 呼吸着清新的空氣。
好美的日出噢!

No Flower Fruit 無花生果

Haa! What is "No Flower Fruit"?
It's fig. Fig is called "no無 flower花 fruit果" in Mandarin.
Fig leaves start to bud in the spring, and tiny figs follow without flowering first. We will have a good crop this year.

大家都熟知的無花果, 春天一到來, 不經過開花的過程就長葉子隨即長出小果子來。
看樣子今年的無花果會有好收成的。

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Rain Relief 及時雨

We had rain shower at noon time for about an hour.
It made everything greener and air cleaner.
Thank God for this temporary relief from pollen.


今天中午下了一個多小時雨。
草地樹木看起來青綠多, 而空氣也較清新。
感謝上帝下了這陣及時雨, 暫時除去滿佈的花粉。

More Flowers 花花爭艷



More and more trees and vine plants
are blooming flowers at Sirtea Garden.
Pine Cone flower (left),
Honeysuckle (middle),
Flowering Cherry (right top),
Dogwood (right bottom).










茶翁家園中的花樹和蔓藤花枝招展各自顯艷。
松果花(左圖),
金銀藤花(中),
櫻花(右上),
山茱花(右下)。


Bicycle Show 腳踏車表演


Fabulous group talent show: 16 Girls ride on 1 bicycle.
讓人驚嘆好棒的特技團表演: 16 位女子共乘一輛腳踏車。

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pollen Formation 花粉構圖

Blooming flowers produced abundant amount of pollen.
I took pictures of pollen formation on surface of lake.

三月雨促使花朵盛開。 花粉特別多, 散佈得到處都有。
我拍下漂浮在湖面上花粉的構圖。

Fly A Kite 放風箏

These pictures reminded me of flying kite while I was young long long ago.
Here are some pictures of Washington DC Kite Festival last week.

看到這些照片讓我想起年少時在鄉下放風箏悠閒地童年回憶。
下面這些是上週末華盛頓特區風箏活動的照片。

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Duck Feather 鴨羽毛


Male ducks fought for female duck with each other. And then the winner chased the female duck. I picked up some feathers and arranged them. Here are my feather art works.





雄鴨爲爭雌鴨而常爭風吃醋不時打架, 嬴者窮追母鴨。結果我撿到不少羽毛, 而將它們拼湊成圖案。


DC Cherry Blossom 特區櫻花節

Washington DC 2010 Cherry Blossom Festival.

華盛頓特區2010櫻花節。

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(Pictures from Epochtimes.com 照片自大紀元)

Monday, April 5, 2010

Pillow Fight 枕頭戰

April the Fourth International Pillow Fight Day.

四月初四國際枕頭仗日。

Pollen Allergy 花粉過敏


"Ah-chiuunn! Excuse me!"
"Bless you!"
"Ah-chiuunn! Ah-chiuunn! Honey, hand me a tissue, please."

「哈啾! 抱歉!」
「上天保佑您!」
「哈啾! 哈啾! 甜心, 請遞給我一張絹紙。」


Beautiful spring flowers are blooming. Pollen falls on everywhere, on surface of lake.
春天美麗的花兒盛開。花粉到處都有。池塘水面飄浮着花粉。

Blooming 花開

Walking in the woods, I saw flowers blooming.
Money Flowers Wild Onions-↓ Honeysuckles and other tree flowers. -→













樹林中散步, 我看到到處花開。
金錢花 野䓤花 -↑ 金銀花 (或忍冬花) 和其他花樹 --↑

Sunday, April 4, 2010

He Is Risen 祂已復活



【Jesus Christ is risen!
The angel said, "He is not here (the tomb); for He is risen."
(Matthew 28:6)

【耶穌基督復活了!】
天使說: 「祂不在這裡(墳墓); 祂已經復活了。」
(馬太福音 28章6節)

Hallelujah 哈唎𡀔亞

Creative monk-dress performers silently sing HALLELUJAH chorus.

富有創意穿着道袍的團員們緘默地演唱出「哈唎𡀔亞」讚美詩。

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Saturday, April 3, 2010

Bach-Matthew Passion 巴哈-馬太受難曲

Bach-St. Matthew Passion
Performed by: Munchener Bach Choir & Orchestra.

巴哈-聖馬太受難曲
由巴哈合唱團及管弦樂團演出。

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Sand Drawing-Jesus 沙繪耶穌

Sand drawing- Awesome pictures of Jesus suffering, death, and risen, etc.

沙畫-耶穌受難, 釘死埋葬, 和復活等神妙的畫面圖案。

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Friday, April 2, 2010

Pear Tree 梨樹

A blooming white flower pear tree.

一棵盛開着白花的梨樹。

Rock Art 石頭藝術

Incredible art of rocks balancing.

令人驚嘆不已的石頭平衡藝術作品。

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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Vegetable Garden 菜圃


These baby plants from seeds soon will be transplanted to our vegetable garden when weather permits.


等天氣穩定暖和下來, 這些從種子培育出的菜栽不久將要被移植到外面的菜園。