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October 2016                                                              

                                                                                                                     Photo: Sandra Simpson

A break in the rain ... the photo was taken just before the end of September and is of the spring foliage of Shindeshojo, a Japanese maple in a pot in my backyard. I was talking to chap in Palmerston North who sources plants for Gardens by the Bay in Singapore - they wanted maples in autumn colour but didn't want the leaves falling so called New Zealand for maples in spring colour that resembled autumn colour! With its pink and red tonings Shindeshojo qualifies.

Susan Constable, who lives on Vancouver Island, has selected 10 of her favourite haiku for our irregular feature, while another Canadian, Bruce Ross, is the author of this month's feature article on haibun. 

The list of contests has been updated - including one that closes in January 2017 (gulp, the last few months seem to have flown by), as has the Haiku Happenings page, which includes information about the new National Forum for Writers that's on in Auckland in September. Don't forget the Katikati Haiku Contest closes at the end of this month.

Haiku Happenings notes a pair of contest disqualifications and a publication credit that shouldn't have been ... a shame all round, really. Under the Journal news heading, you'll see that Free XpresSion in Australia is becoming a pdf-only publication and that Frogpond is changing editors at short notice.

If you'd like, pop over to my haiku blog breath and/or read about some of my garden encounters at Sandra's Garden. I've produced a plant-theme calendar for 2017 (no haiku) and you can read about that there.

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- Sandra