Hello everyone! I hope that you are all having a wonderful day for yourselves! :) Yes, today is my Third Blogiversary! Whoo Hoo. Party time! :)
I checked on an anniversary website and found out that the traditional gift to celebrate three years together is to give your partner anything Leather. The more modern gifts to give your partner are Crystal or Glass. The third anniversary gemstone is pearl or jade, the anniversary color is white or jade green and the flower that you usually give your partner on your third anniversary together is Fuchsia which stands for taste.
There are currently almost 110 recognized species of Fuchsia. The vast majority are native to South America, but there are a few species found further north to Central America, Mexico, New Zealand and Tahiti. The first species of Fuchsia was discovered on the Caribbean island of Hispaniola (present-day Dominican Republic and Haiti) in 1703 by French Minim monk and botanist Charles Plumier (1646-1704) who named the new genus after the renowned German botanist Leonhart Fuchs (1501-1566).
Sam Youd (born 16 April 1922) was a British author known professionally as Christopher Samuel Youd, although he is perhaps best known for his science fiction writings under the pseudonym John Christopher. Samuel Youd adopted the name Christopher Samuel Youd for his professional writings, leading to the widespread but mistaken belief that that was his birth name. Throughout his life he was known simply as Sam to his friends and acquaintances.
Serving in World War II in the Royal Corps of Signals from 1941 to 1946, Sam was awarded a scholarship from the Rockefeller Foundation, which made it possible for him to pursue a writing career, beginning with 1949's The Winter Swan which he wrote under the name Christopher Youd. He wrote science fiction short stories as John Christopher from 1951, finding his first major success as an author with his second novel, The Death of Grass published in 1956. (the book was published the following year in the United States under the title No Blade of Grass.) In 1966, still writing under the name John Christopher, he began writing science fiction for adolescents - writing The Tripods trilogy from 1967-1968, two young adult science fiction novels - The Lotus Caves in 1969 and The Guardians in 1970 - as well as the Sword of the Spirits trilogy, which he wrote from 1971-1972.
All of these young adult books were well received, particularly The Guardians - which won the annual Guardian Children's Fiction Prize in 1971 - also known as the Guardian Award - conferred by The Guardian newspaper in the United Kingdom. The German-language translation of The Guardians, won the Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis (German Youth Literature Prize) in 1976. Samuel Youd continued to use the pseudonym John Christopher for the majority of his writing, including all of his science fiction work.
He did occasionally write under variations of his own name, as well as under the pseudonyms Stanley Winchester, Hilary Ford, William Godfrey, William Vine, Peter Graaf, Peter Nichols, and Anthony Rye. He died in Bath, England, on 3 February 2012 of complications from bladder cancer.
Till we Meet Again, Glow Brightly as Moonlight