Share Your World #22

Here are my answers to Cee’s Share Your World Questions

Every country in the world has lost men and women in some kind of Armed Forces.  When does your country celebrate  their deaths?

We remember Poppy Day – 11 November – but it is not a public holiday.

Here in South Africa people lost their lives in their fight for freedom and so perhaps Human Rights Day celebrated on 21 March is when we remember those who lost their lives in that kind of war.  Specifically the events of Sharpeville are remembered.  On that day in 1960, 69 people died and 180 wounded when police fired on a peaceful crowd who protested the Pass Laws.

Similarly 16 June – Youth Day is an important day of remembrance. On this day we reflect upon  the young protesters who were ambushed by the apartheid regime police in Soweto on 16 June 1976. Over 500 youths were killed.  They were students from a number of Sowetan schools who took to the streets to protest against having Afrikaans at the medium of instruction in their schools. About 20 000 students took part in the protests which took place over a few days.   This was in 1976.

What is your favorite holiday or holidays?

Of course this has to be Christmas although I find it stressful to have to think of how  best to celebrate.   With as large an extended family as we have, it is difficult to please everybody. So over the years, the way we do it has changed several times and is changing still.  But in the end whatever we do turns out to be fun.

Easter is also great – who can resist all that chocolate?

How do you celebrate that holiday?

With overindulgence of course!   Last year we celebrated in Cape Town – very unusual!  We had a tree and opened gifts  before breakfast. Then at midday we had a roast turkey and roast lamb with all the trimmings.  We did not have the traditional pudding but usually we do.  This time we had my sister in law’s amazing trifle.

Even though our grandkids are quite big now, we still have an Easter Egg hunt.  Great fun.

I know that some people take holidays very seriously and while we appreciate the significance of each one, we treat the day as we would any other – grateful for what they signify but we don’t attend events that make a big thing of them.

What are you grateful for in the week that’s past?

A great deal!   So much change has taken place in our home.  The highlight was receiving our recovered recliner.  I just love the colour and it makes a huge difference to our lounge.  The workshop extension to the garage is almost complete, the desk unit in the lounge is in use and the bedroom cupboards and bookshelf in the braai room will hopefully be completed by the weekend.

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This chair had become quite shabby but I had a sentimental attachment to it so I couldn’t part with it – love the result of the reupholstering. 

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Our new double work station

What are you looking forward to in the week to come?

Our Schengen Visas are ready for collection and I need to apply for the UK Visa.  Am I looking forward to that?  Well it will be a chore and another trip to Cape Town but at least it’s a step closer to what’s needed to go on an overseas trip – and who can complain about that!  It is also great to see the kids and friends back in our old home town!

 

 

 

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5 thoughts on “Share Your World #22

  1. Love your newly recovered recliner – how chic is that. I bet you are glad you did not embark on major renovations. You probably would not have been able to swing that trip to Italy.
    We are just enjoying three days of constant rain. The first good downfall in about three months. Our bushes are growing before our eyes.
    Have not seen Leonie in a while – we were going to have lunch next Tuesday but her and Collette are going to a funeral. So…we will have to try again.
    We were going to Austria and Ireland before the end of the year. Have put it on the back burner till next May. Our Indian trip was a big trip which we did enjoy and was very interesting. Two long overseas trips in the one year was proving a bit daunting.
    So instead we have bought a new dining suite in white and a new lounge suite ( not white!!!). Both of which were nearly thirty years old and time to be pensioned off.!!

    We want to drive up to Lightening Ridge in July – home of the opals and also Hot water mineral pools ( 42 degrees). Google it. – it’s quite an interesting place. They reckon 47 nationalities live there.

    What’s the date you are leaving for Italy and are you going to Cinque Terra ? My favourite place.

    Much love from us both. Do you realise it is a year since we were on the road together.

    Wendy

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