My father just gave me a book ’40 Years In Kuwait’ by Violet Dickson / Om S3ood. I’ve been going through it’s pages for the last hour and a half and I would like to share this paragraph on p147 with you guys:

We went to our yearly camping spot in the desert (Arifjan), but this year camp was different for me coz I had an objective in mind; I wanted to collect every flower, dry it, and then put in the special preserving package Mr. Horwood gave me and then send them to the Kew Museum in London.

I saw a purple plant, it wasn’t too rare, “Khzama,” was what 3amsha used to call it. Khzama means nose earrings, It is called that coz it’s seed look like a Khzama. I sent the first batch of flowers after the spring of 1933 to the museum and it turned out that this specific flower wasn’t known before and had no records, and I was very happy to learn afterwards that Mr. Horwood (Museum manager) named it after his last name and mine’s, he named it “Horwoodia Dicksoniae.”

This is the flower Mrs. Dickson (Om S3ood) saw and sent to london 75 years ago.


This entry was posted on Tuesday, September 23rd, 2008 at 5:51 am

13 Responses to “The Dicksoniae Flower”

  1. liliuokalani says:

    i’ve been looking for the english version of that book for ages! it seems very interesting as from the excerpt you posted. i hope i do find it though.

  2. liliuokalani says:

    or was it “My life in Kuwait”, i’m not so sure.

  3. Ansam says:

    check her videos on youtube… etwanis when she talks in Arabic. Its like a mix of dialects and that makes it unique!

  4. sinful eye's says:

    nice book you got here
    do you know where can i find it in kuwait ?

  5. Intlxpatr says:

    Oh Yousef, you have a treasure! Love the photo, too!

  6. Bu Yousef says:

    What a beautiful story. Thank you Yousef for sharing.

    Nice photo…

  7. Bu Yousef says:

    Ansam, I just saw the video.
    Thanks πŸ™‚

  8. um-mit3ib says:

    ok then abe bouquet minhaa as well 7ag my birthday
    shid 7ailik;p

  9. blah says:

    i like this woman!

    um mit3ib, entti kilshay taben? (A)

  10. Ali says:

    Yousef Yupa eshtar hadeya 7ag um-it3ib lajatna

    BTW um-mit3ib lel7en magdr adsh ur blog hm ma3endy emailch !

  11. um-mit3ib says:

    hahahaha eee !! πŸ˜› kil ma ya7gerny zood kil ma zadat 6alabaty:P
    ni6raw 3alay shahar w bagola aby bait ba3aD:P

    w ali.. its um.mit3ib@gmail.com

  12. um yasafee says:

    Thanks Yousef for sharing with us ,this beautiful paragraph.
    I have to bring that inersting historic book.

    Um yasafee

  13. 3azeez says:

    i love he soo much!! <3
    the english version of the book is amazing a7la min the arabic version ib wayid