Share Your World – 16 July 2018

It takes Cee’s questions on Share Your World to remind me how lucky I am to live where I do

Since we are approaching the hottest part of our summer in the northern hemisphere, what’s your favorite ice-cream, frozen yogurt or sorbet flavor?  (Those of you who live down under I’m sure you remember what it is like in the hot summer months).

Cee, you are right!  It’s hard to forget ice cream where I live as often we get lovely hot days in the middle of winter – although right now I’m sitting warming my toes in front of a wood burning stove!
Ice Cream is my granddaughter’s favourite snack – She will kill for ice cream even if the mercury is plunging below zero!  ” Give me ice cream and Give me sleep is her mantra!”

Now my favourite ice cream is of course chocolate.  I am, after all, a chocoholic.   But in Thailand in 2017 I kinda liked coconut ice cream.   No -still chocolate – preferably with mint. Anything choc-mint is for me!


Italiano Gelato is the best!

How often do you people watch?

I am an avid people watcher.  But I don’t just watch them – I actually engage with them.  I’m not too shy to approach a perfect stranger and start a conversation.  And it’s not to make friends. I have enough friends.  I’m just interested in people in the moment that I meet them.  This can be embarrassing to my children and grandchildren – but hey who cares -it’s my life and I’ve had many interesting experiences because I wasn’t too shy to chat to somebody!


I spoke to these stunning young cyclists and ended up having them stay with us for two days! One of the most memorable experiences of my life! Click the link to read the story. Vet Viets Vriende

If you had a choice which would be your preference salt water beaches, fresh water lakes, ocean cruise, hot tub, ski resort or desert?

Omiword – what a question.  Reading this I realise that some people just don’t live near any of these places.  I am one of the fortunates that grew up on a beach!   So of course I love salt water and beaches.  I lived over the railway line from the most beautiful beaches in the entire world.  Right now I live five minutes walk from the longest white sand beach in South Africa! What’s not to love!

Deserts are fabulous but not to live in!  I have visited the Namib, flown over it and thoroughly enjoyed the experience.  Would’t like to live there though – too hot – too dry.


Fresh water lakes?  Absolutely fabulous.  I love lakes and dams.  The Earl enjoys fresh water fishing – but deep sea still wins.  Our daughter has fresh water dams and lakes on her farm! How lucky are we to have the opportunity to visit regularly!  Get the picture here? We love water and have the privilege of being near it a lot!


Now although I’ve grown up near the sea, ocean cruises were never a huge draw card for me.  I’ve been on two and enjoyed them.  The Earl loved them ‘cos he just loves being on boats.  But flying and sailing are not the type of adventures I crave.  However, now that I’m older the cruise option is becoming more attractive to me and Yes – I plan to take a few cruises before I die!
Ski resort! Yes!  Did that once and absolutely loved it.  But unfortunately we just live too far away from snow to repeat that too frequently!  And it’s doubtful at our age to go skiing ever again!  Hey – you can’t have everything.  I think I’m living a fabulous life – I live by the sea for Goodness sake.  I travel in  my own country and abroad.  I’m definitely not complaining!

What’s not mentioned in this question is The Bush!  I love the beach, the lakes, the desert and the snow but The Bush – That’s my favourite place to be!


What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

We visited our kids in Plettenberg Bay last week.  That really made me smile!


Grandpa and Granddaughter on the Knysna Waterfront


This also made me smile!







Share Your World – 9 July 2018`

There are some cool questions from Cee this week  Here are my answers.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

I think I would call my autobiography, My Soap Opera Life.

At one stage I wanted my character to go into a coma so I could rest!

Which do you prefer sweet, salty or buttery? 

All of the above.  I love food to be tasty.   I have been told that salt is bad but I crave it and always add more to my food. My husband’s cardiologist told me that due to my low blood pressure I need lots of salt.  I like this guy.

I avoid sugar but who can live without a little bit of sweetness from time to time.

My current eating regime encourages high fat so buttery is really good!  All my veggies get loads of butter added to them.

What’s the finest education?

The university of LIFE.  Learning from life experiences is the best education.

You can go to the finest school, college or university but if you don’t have the right attitude you won’t really learn anything.   My advice is take every opportunity to learn that is offered to you and get out of it whatever you can. No education is wasted. Learning broadens the mind and it does not matter if you study a subject at school that you won’t ‘need’ later in life.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

We are in the midst of the coldest part of our winter right now but we have had a reprieve.  The past four days have been stunning. The rain has ceased, the sky is blue, the sun has shone.  That has made me smile.


Stream of Consciousness Saturday – SUP

This week Linda G Hill gives us another challenge to get our free writing going.

Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “sup.” Use it as a word or find a word that contains it.”

Sup, to an old lady like me means to eat supper or to sip soup.   But, of course, this word is seldom used by young or old these days and the only place we are likely to see it used in such a way, is in well-written novels with a period theme.

My grandchildren frequently greet me with ‘Sup, Gran?”   instead of,
Good Morning dearest grandmother and how are you today?”  Such niceties seldom escape their lips.  They do not mind their Ps and Qs in my presence.  They talk to me about absolutely everything – things I wouldn’t have dared bring up with my grandmother!

I have grown weary of reminding them that I’m old and require them to show a little more respect for my grey hair!   They laugh out loud and say – Get real Gran!

I guess I only have myself to blame.   If I wish to engage them in meaningful conversation then I need to speak their language.

Sup, then, to the young is just a way of greeting each other. So instead of saying Hello how are you they say -Sup.   An appropriate response would be – Same a usual – sup with you?
In South Africa the colloquial greeting would be – Howzit?   In bad English that means – How is it?  In good Afrikaans you would say, “Hoe gaan dit?’  Direct translation to English is – How goes it?  So it has been corrupted to Howzit.

I used to think that I ALWAYS spoke and wrote  The Queen’s English until I visited England and had the locals raise a questioning eyebrow when they didn’t understand a term that slipped easily off my tongue.  Guilty as charged – I speak South African!

I use words like ‘jol’ There’s no better word to put across that you’ve been out enjoying yourself.  I went  “jolling” last night – means I went out on the town.   She’s a ‘joller’  means she’s a party girl.   “We had such a “lekker jol” yesterday,”  means, “We had a very nice time, yesterday.”

Words, that we English Speaking South Africans, have borrowed from Afrikaans, pepper our speech all the time and I love it.  Ja for yes, lekker for nice, vrot for rotten, lapppie for cloth, the list goes on.   Language is what defines where we come from.  Accents do the same thing.  I love Language and I adore accents.

So I will not be offended to be greeted with ‘sup’.   After all, I grew up with Bugs Bunny – and he used it in it’s purest form all the time.

What's up doc

Now he would say, “Sup, Doc!”





Share Your World – 2 July 2018

Here are my answers to this week’s questions from Cee

Tell us about your first bicycle or car?

I received my first bicycle when I was about eleven years old.  It was the best present ever.  I cycled around our safe neigbourhood with a group of friends and remember having so much fun.   For a while I rode it to school but when I started Grade 8 it no longer worked too well so I gave up and walked.

I received my second bicycle from my husband when I was in my fifties.   He gave it to me so that I could take my grandsons on long, supervised rides.  We had tremendous fun riding to the beach after school and to a nearby suburb that had fun hills to race down.  Of course, I rode sedately while they tore around like hooligans.

I once wrote a rhyme about it

Over the Hill

I am getting older, I’m nearly fifty-five.

Over half a century I have been alive.

I should be slowing down now, and easing up my life.

I should be getting mellow like every older wife.

But here I am a-peddling up this bloody hill.

I hear my grandsons calling, their voices loud and shrill.

You can make it Granny. You’re really doing well.

(I do not want to tell them that I almost fell.)

They think I am their playmate. They think its rather fun

That Granny takes them cycling when their homework’s done.

And as they dash through puddles and do wheelies up the curb

They encourage me to follow; but really that’s absurd!

They fall, and seconds later, they’re back up on their bikes,

A band-aid heals their scrapes but Granny falls, and  yikes –

She needs a month of physio to get her muscles right.

So falling off her bicycle would not be very bright.

Now they’re heading down hill at a break-neck speed.

Those boys are getting all the Adrenalin they need.

With screeching breaks I follow at a calmer pace.

“Go Grandma”, calls a smart ass. Aloof, I turn my face.

I could be baking cookies, I could be knitting socks.

Instead I join my grandsons scrambling over rocks.

I could be watching T.V. or at a ladies’ club.

Instead I join them hiking when they go  with  the cubs.

I’m glad that I, a grandma can still do all these things.

Being active with my grandsons – oh what joy that brings.

We have such fun together out in the cool fresh air.

And if people think it’s funny – I really couldn’t care!

Bike and Rugby 027

What fictional world or place would you like to visit?

Camelot would be lovely. Why?  Because the law forbids horrible weather!  Here is an extract from the song “Arthur”

“It’s true! It’s true! The crown has made it clear.
The climate must be perfect all the year.
The rain may never fall till after sundown.
By eight, the morning fog must disappear.
In short, there’s simply not
A more congenial spot
For happily-ever-aftering than here
In Camelot.”
Also – all that gallantry, ladies’ maids and gorgeous dresses.   I am married to an Earl but it’s just not the same!

If you could have someone follow you around all the time, like a personal assistant, what would you have them do?

Oh wow  – now let me see – I’d live like a princess in Camelot and have a  personal maid to dress me, give me manicure and pedicures, fix my hair and do my makeup.  Yes – that would be the life for me.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I do not live in Camelot where the law controls the weather so it’s not surprising that Mother Nature ignored the fact that it’s not supposed to hail in our neck of the woods.  We had a heavy downpour of hail recently and it made me smile to see my lawn covered in icy, white stones.   I also smiled when I heard that the average level of the dams in the Western Cape are at 50%.  Who cares about the cold when the news is as good as that!  The drought is over!