Here are my answers to Cee’s questions for this week.
What was one of your first moneymaking jobs (other than babysitting or newspaper delivery)?
I had only three student jobs before I graduated with my Teachers’ Diploma. The first was at a bakery on Saturday mornings – it was hectic and I was paid R2.00. I was 16 years old and only did it for a few months. After that I had a vacation job in an office in the city. It was for three weeks and the experience was awesome. The permanent staff in the office were so interesting and I learned a lot about life from them – perhaps more than was age appropriate! Then at age 17 I had a vacation job at the local hospital as a Nurse Aid. Well! That was an even bigger experience – It was very hard work – making perfect hospital beds, emptying bed pans, doing bed baths, dealing with vomiting patients and the highlight – watching the birth of a baby!
My first real job was as an itinerant Speech Correction Teacher – and from then on a very chequered career in teaching – I don’t regret a second.
What is your favorite month of the year?
I would rather answer this as my favourite season of the year – Autumn/Fall. Here in the Western Cape this is the most beautiful time of year. The weather is changeable but in a good year May/June produces windless, sunny days that are neither too hot nor too cold. It’s the stillness that I love – the clear days when the sea is a calm as a millpond and it is a delight to sit in the sun and drink in the fresh air. I just love it.
What three things in nature do you find most beautiful?
Birds, the bush and the sea. Birds are all around us – they sound wonderful, they look beautiful and they fill me with joy. The Bush in South Africa is amazing – my spirit is renewed every time I enter a wildlife park and experience the isolation and wonder of the wild. The Sea – ever changing and dramatic – who can live without it.
List at least five of your favorite spices? (excluding salt and pepper)
Garlic, origanum, Ina Paarman Rosemary and Olive, Basil, ginger, cinnamon.
Bonus question: What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?
I am grateful that the process of applying for a UK Visitor’s Visa is over – what an intense and expensive experience – Schengen was so much more pleasant. I have the latter – hopefully the former is as successful. Travel for South Africans is complicated!
I am looking forward to a week of getting our Struisbaai home into shape – the extensions are complete and the new cupboards almost all done. Now for the final decorating!