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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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Grandpa and Granddaughter on the Knysna Waterfront

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This also made me smile!

 

 

 

 

 

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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!

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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!

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Share Your World – 18 June 2018

Here is my response the the questions posed by Cee this week

You can have an unlimited supply of one thing for the rest of your life, what is it? Sushi? Scotch Tape?

Money would be good!   How lovely to think that such a resource would never run out no matter how much you spend.

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Teleportation or flying?

I’m not a fan of air travel.  I think we as a species are insane getting into a great big tube of metal that flies through the air with no safety net to catch us if we fall!  However, we are a trusting bunch and in order to travel long distances we believe the stats that say it’s the safest form of travel.
Now teleportation appeals to me because it’s so quick.  How would it work?   Would you go to a teleportation port where there would be hundreds of portals taking you to different destinations?  Would you buy a portal ticket to Timbuktu or The North Pole or wherever you wanted to go?   Would you simply show your passport and pass through your selected portal and hey presto find yourself in some amazing place?   Beam me up, Scottie!

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Would you rather live where it only snows or the temperature never falls below 100 degrees?

Where I live the if the temperature drops below 10 degrees C we think we might die!  So permanent cold is not for me.  However, I love snow – it’s so pretty.  It’s fun to visit snowy places – but to live there permanently – NO WAY.  I don’t want to have to shovel my garden path or drive way before I could move from my house.  And I don’t want to have to put on layers and layers of warm clothing just to survive the sub zero temperatures outdoors.

100 degrees Fahrenheit is definitely more my style.  I am often in the African Bush in summer and it can get hotter than that.  It is way easier managing the heat that it is managing the cold!

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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. 

Late Saturday afternoon The Earl spotted a white bunny in our garden.  Clearly he was somebody’s lost pet but he wouldn’t allow himself to be caught!  He disappeared under our shed so we left some carrots out and hoped we could get him the next day. Well in the morning we found he’d been joined by another one! They were really cute and my veggie patch provided them with plenty to snack on!

I posted on our local community page on Facebook and printed out a poster to put up at the supermarket.  And on Sunday evening we got a call.   It wasn’t the first time they’d escaped and their human said, “Clearly they want to be free.   I think I should just let them be.”

On Monday there was no sign of them at first but we spotted them in the back neighbour’s garden which is the house right opposite their human’s.  Today one was back in our garden.  So we’re just going to look after them when they’re here.  Hopefully they’re savvy enough to keep out of reach of the neighbourhood dogs!

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Share Your World – 11 June 2018

Here is my late contribution to this week’s Share Your World from Cee

If you could choose any person from history to be your imaginary friend, who would it be and why?

When I was about ten years old I read the story of Helen Keller in a school reading book.  Since then I have been fascinated by how she was taught and how she managed to achieve great success in life in spite of being both blind and deaf.   When I studied teaching I was inspired by her teacher, Annie Sullivan.  What dedication she had to her pupil.   So I think I would like to be friends with them both.

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Helen Keller

60s, 70s, 80s, 90s: Which decade do you love the most and why?

I turned eight in 1960 and so most of my youth was spent as a child of the sixties.   We were the Baby Boomers.  A lot changed in the sixties and I’m glad I wasn’t born any earlier.  I loved the freedom I had as a child and the opportunities I had as a young adult.  Also the music was the best and the fashions – well – crazy!

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Twiggy – Fashion Icon of the Sixties

They were certainly good years but I’m very happy to be in the technical age in which we now live.   I had the best from both worlds.

 

When you die, what do you want to be remembered for?

I hope that those who know me will remember me as being fun to be with.  I hope the kids I taught will have happy memories of their year in my class. I don’t want my own children/grandchildren to be sad when I’m gone.  I want them to say – Gran had a good life and I want them to laugh when they remember things I said or did!

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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 smiled when I met two young German exchange students.  They were so refreshing and great fun to be with.  I appreciate the girl bonding time I had with Meghan and Sandy this past weekend.  Thanks girls for a fabulous time in Hermanus.

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Share Your World 4 June 2018

Here is my contribution to this week’s Share Your World

A piece of clothing from your younger childhood you still remember?

When I was about eight years old my mother bought my sister and me stiff petticoats to wear under our party dresses.  I don’t remember the dresses but I do remember the stiff petticoats!   We were very excited to be allowed to wear such lovely underclothes which caused our skirts to spread out beautifully around us.

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Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed.

I fancy myself as an ice-skater.   There were very few places to skate when I was a kid but I loved rollerskating on the pavements where we lived.  When I did get the chance to get out on the ice on hired skates, I loved it.

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In a car would you rather drive or be a passenger?

I don’t mind being the driver but it is more relaxing being the passenger.  In my younger days I did a lot of driving.  With three kids and two dogs it made sense to drive a Toyota Hi-Ace that could transport all of us plus extras on excursions and weekends away. We went through two of those before the kids left home. For a few years after that we were able to drive a ‘normal’ car.  Then the grandkids arrived and it was back to a people carrier in the form of a Volkswagen Caravelle – a fantastic car that served us for ten, long adventurous years.  Although I loved driving, it was always a relief to get everyone there and back in one piece. Now I am content to leave the responsibility of long distance driving to The Earl.  Here in Struisbaai I usually walk!

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Me in my younger days  – thrilled to be behind the wheel of  a Volkswagen Caravelle

 

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 caught up with family last weekend and it was great to see everybody settled and happy.family quote

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Share Your World – 28 May 2018

Here is my contribution to this week’s Share your world from Cee

If you were to pack a basket for picnic lunch, what would be in your basket?

As we often cater outdoors in game reserves I have the following permanently packed in two baskets – flask, mugs, plates, bowls, cutlery, chopping board, table cloth, frying pan, coffee plunger, pan, tea, coffee, sugar, salt, pepper and Ina Paarman rosemary and olive seasoning.

We usually stop at a picnic site for brunch rather than lunch so in a cooler bag I will have eggs, bacon, tomatoes, bananas and milk.  If I were to be packing for lunch I would like to have Banting crackers, chicken liver pate, cold roast chicken and a Greek salad in a sealed container.   I would also have a small snack pack containing containing nuts, biltong, dried sausage and Banting cookies.

There would also be a good supply of bottled water as it gets hot in Africa!

On a vacation what you would require in any place that you sleep?

Most of my vacations are spent in our caravan which has a very comfortable bed.

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King-size caravan bed – big enough Grandpa and The Kids!

In addition I require the ablutions to be clean and functioning.  So far I have had few problems but just in case, my caravan has it’s own water supply, shower and chemical loo.

When I stay in a hotel or B&B my needs are few.  The room must be clean and the linen  of good quality.  I would also appreciate it if the room was non-smoking,  air conditioned in summer  and heated in winter, please.  It has to be at least as comfortable as my caravan.

If you were to buy a new house/apartment what is the top three items on your wish list?

I’m happy with my home and I can live with it exactly as it is for the rest of my life. But this is Share Your World so if I had to start again this is what I’d want.

  • A State of the Art Kitchen – marble top counters, beautiful cabinets, easy to clean floors, fancy appliances.
  • A Jacuzzi in the bathroom
  • A sea view

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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 woke to the sound a good rain on Thursday morning.  Not just a spit and a spot but a really good downpour.   I prayed that Cape Town was getting it too and I found out later that indeed they were.  There was more rain on Friday but Saturday and Sunday were sunny and warm.  I felt guilty for enjoying the sunshine after all the cold and rain.

Today, (Monday) we came to Cape Town and were delighted to find it pouring again for most of the day.  May it be a very wet winter so that the dams can fill and Day Zero be completely avoided.

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Share Your World 21 May 2018

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

What household chore do you absolutely enjoy doing? (can be indoor or outdoor)

I don’t mind doing household chores but I can’t say there are any I absolutely enjoy.   But top of the list would be cooking. I’m lucky that my hubby likes to cook so I don’t have to do it every day – in fact we often fight over gets to do it!  I do enjoy trying new recipes and preparing meals for friends.  NOT that I’m amazing at it at all  – I take ages over it and the kitchen is a mess by the time I’m done and still it is nowhere near Master Chef quality.  How those contestants do it with those grueling time constrains I do not know.

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Create a sentence with the words “neon green” and train”.

The Queen’s neon green outfit extracted as many oohs and aahs as Meghan’s lovely, white train

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The Queen in Neon Green

Other than your cell phone what can you always be found with?

Well actually my hubby says I never know where my cell phone is!  That’s not strictly true but I do forget where I put it sometimes!  I also never leave home without a handbag and seldom without my camera.   You never know when you’re going to need to take that ultimate photograph!   Like on the day the birds bombarded me.  I had my camera but couldn’t get the shot as they found me just as fascinating as I found them!

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Me with my camera – useless to me at this time!

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. 

THE WEDDING!   I was glued to the television from early in the morning till late Saturday evening.  Everything about it intrigued me.   It was all so exciting, happy and fun!

Some of my high society friends and I enjoyed a High Tea in the middle of the day with cucumber sandwiches and pink champagne of course!

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The Lady of Milkwood Manor and The Duchess of Goose Hall

How lovely to see Prince Harry open the jag door for his bride.  But did you know what his grandfather, Prince Philip once said?

“When a man opens a car door for his wife, it’s either a new car or a new wife.”

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In this case it was both!