An Orange Sunrise

Jude of ‘Travel Words’ blog has challenged us to post something orange. This is the gorgeous sunrise over the Indian Ocean which I photographed from our balcony the day before my hip surgery.

I would like to thank all of you who sent good wishes to me for a positive outcome and speedy recovery. The surgery went very well and I was allowed to leave hospital the next morning after the physio and the surgeon had checked on me. I am recovering well and don’t have much discomfort or pain. I’m so grateful that I was able to get an operation done so quickly and with a surgeon who is really stellar

Wishing you all a great weekend. To join in Jude’s Orange challenge, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Rock

Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge this week, is ‘Rock’. As some of my blog followers may remember, I am now in South Africa after a two and a half year absence. We started off in Johannesburg for a week with our daughter and son-in-law, then drove down to the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, the seaside town where we used to live. As its name suggests, there are many rocks along the shoreline.

Some of the rocks are rather large.

My favourite lighthouse has been warning ships off these rocks since 1954.

The sad news is that so far, I haven’t been able to walk along the promenade to see the lighthouse up close, as my left hip which has been giving me problems for quite some time now, has finally decided it needs replacing. Tuesday is the day when this will happen, so I may be absent for a little while. I’m very grateful to have found a highly recommended surgeon here to do the deed. See you all soon.

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One Word Sunday: Rain

The theme this week for Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ is Rain. We did have quite a nice downpour yesterday, which I photographed through my kitchen window.

Today it’s bright and sunny and I really must begin packing as we leave on Tuesday for South Africa. I’m so looking forward to seeing our daughter Mandy on Wednesday. Apparently, her cat Ravioli is also beside herself with excitement and yesterday was in full party mode to celebrate her 16th birthday.

It’s going to be a wonderful reunion after two years apart.

Wishing you all a very happy Sunday. I’ll post some photos from South Africa soon.

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One Word Sunday: Closed

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday-Closed’ brought to mind something rather interesting we saw In Buenos Aires whilst on a river cruise.

The Sarmiento House is a National Historic Monument and is the exceedingly modest abode built of wood, is where former Argentinian President Domingo Sarmiento chose to live for over thirty years with his family after his time in office until his death in in1888. This museum stands on the bank of La Plata River and was enclosed in glass to preserve it against the elements.

This photo was taken in 2017 from our boat. It certainly looked very closed and I couldn’t see how anyone could get inside that glass case, but apparently it is visited every weekend by thousands of tourists, although I’m sure that COVID has changed all that for the time being.

I hope you’re all having a splendid weekend. To join in Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ challenge, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Exhibit

Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ for this week is ‘Exhibit’. I’m a bit tardy with my contribution, as my mind is on our forthcoming trip to South Africa in early October.

I’ve chosen this exhibit which I saw at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. The original bronze sculpture lies in the Cimitero Evangelico degli Allori on the outskirts of Florence. Elizabeth Boott Duveneck 1846-1888 was the beloved wife of the American painter Frank Duvenek.

I think this is one of the most peaceful funerary monuments that I’ve ever seen and obviously was created with so much love. Her calm facial features, the beautiful folds of her covering and the palm branch draped across her body, I found very moving. A lovely ‘Exhibit’.

To join in Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link, but be quick, as the week is almost gone.

One Word Sunday: Rest

The theme for Debbie’s One Word Sunday this week is ‘Rest’. I think that there is nothing quite so indicative of restfulness as a sleeping feline. Cats seem to have really aced the art of doing nothing, whilst still looking absolutely gorgeous.

My daughter’s cat Ravioli, loves to nap, anywhere, anytime,

Whilst visiting Ernest Hemingway’s house in Key West, we saw many of the descendants of his six-toed cats at rest. This one curled up in the master bedroom,

whilst this ginger and white had chosen a sunny spot in the gift shop window.

Of course, the king of cats effortlessly managed to look regal whilst napping just across from our safari vehicle in Johannesburg South Africa.

Speaking of South Africa, hubby and i have booked our flights over to visit family and friends there in October. Very exciting indeed. Our daughter and Ravioli are beside themselves with joy.

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One Word Sunday: Reflection

The theme for Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’ this week, is ‘Reflection’.

Here’s a double version of Mervin Muscovy in a tearing hurry, scooting along the lake outside my bathroom window.

This cute Blue-winged Teal looks as though he ate at least double the amount of lunch that he should have.

Thank you all for the wonderful response to my last week’s ‘One Word Sunday – Old’. I relayed your good wishes to Kathleen, my Mom-in-law and although she has no idea how social media works, she expressed her delight and gratitude. She said, “I don’t know why I’m still here at 108, but I’m not complaining.”

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One Word Sunday: Old

Debbie’s theme for ‘One Word Sunday’ is ‘Old’. I’m a bit late to the party because I’ve been waiting for my Mom-in-law’s care home in England to upload photos taken of her on her 108th birthday. Here she is looking surprised and delighted with the flowers from us.

In spite of her great age, Kathleen is still active and takes part in all the goings on at the home, including the chair aerobics and the singing. Whenever we phone her, she is never in her room and the staff have to go looking for her to get her to the phone. Unfortunately because of COVID, no family members were allowed to attend her party, but a beautiful cake was made for the residents and staff to enjoy whilst the harpist she had requested, provided entertainment.

We had a phone call with her after the party and she was in high spirits, having enjoyed the occasion, especially the cake.

We are hoping that we’ll all be able to attend her 109th birthday next August if this pesky virus goes away at last.

I enjoyed my birthday with our family up in New Jersey and was thoroughly spoiled, wined and dined. Although I’m also old, I do still have way to go before I catch up to Kathleen, who is now the 62nd oldest person in the whole of the UK.

One Word Sunday: Pond

Debbie’s theme this Sunday is ‘Pond or Ponder’. Well nothing could be ponder than a fish pond, so here’s mine through our kitchen window. The photo was taken on a rainy Saturday morning and the goldfish were extra wet and probably pondering whether the raindrops landing on the surface were fish pellets or not. I’m sure they were very disappointed.

We’ll be leaving to see family in NJ on Tuesday so I may not be around on WP very much. Wishing you all a relaxing Sunday and a great week.

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One Word Sunday: Handy

For Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday ‘Handy’, I remembered this photo taken in April, of my 107-year-old Mom-in-law showing off her nail do for Saint George’s Day. if you zoom in, you will see the ‘St George’s Flag painted on two of her nails. She is sitting in her beautiful room at the care home where she now resides, having moved there only at the grand old age of 105. Up in the left hand corner of the photo is a tapestry of Thomas Gainsborough’s ‘Blue Boy’ which Kathleen did a few years ago. Those hands were very handy with a needle and thread back in the day. The most ambitious tapestry she did is Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’ which has pride of place over her fireplace.

Hands are very handy things and here she is on her 105th birthday, using her thumbs to express her positive attitude to life.

We just chatted on the phone today, and when asked how she was, she replied as she always does, “Well, until someone tells me I’m not okay, I’ll assume I’m just fine.”

Wishing you all a splendid Sunday. To join in Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.