Time to say “Goodbye.”

So, my piano is gone. After thirty-one years of bonding and companionship, we have sadly parted company. This morning when I came downstairs, it looked quite forlorn, and I felt really sad. The empty cabinets in the dining room bore witness to the fact that something is afoot. That lovely, but sad song, “Time to say goodbye,” popped into my mind, and I remembered my school pupils singing it to me, thirteen years ago, on my last day of teaching music in Johannesburg. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and I felt the same sort of emotion today.

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Just after 8-30, the removals van arrived, and soon my home was a hive of activity. All I could hear above the cheerful but very loud voices of the work team, was the sound of bubble-wrap sheeting being cut, and adhesive tape being pulled. Soon my piano was cosily wrapped up, and all that needed to be done was to take off the legs and pedal lyre.

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When my other piano was delivered in Florida, it took only two men to bring it in and assemble it. They had a special trolley with wheels, which made it much easier. Here, we had six men plus the foreman, and they still battled to get it out of the house. There was much huffing and puffing and chanting too. “Hai-wetu…..Hai-wetu…..Hai-wetu!” …… the Zulu equivalent of “Heave-ho, me hearties.”

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Well, now they and my piano are gone, along with my dining room suite, spare bedroom suite, TV + cabinet, two standing lamps, and sewing machine. The shipment should arrive at our daughter’s house early next week. I’m suddenly starting to believe that this move is for real.

I wish you all a great weekend.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Any Old Iron?

I was sitting in the car park waiting for hubby, when this rusty old rattle-trap pulled up next to me. I couldn’t resist a few pics, although I didn’t think I’d ever use them. Isn’t it great that ‘Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge‘, really gives us a chance to air pics that are more than a bit weird.

The interior has seen much better days.

The interior had obviously seen much better days.

"Rugged' is the word which sprang to mind. It looked as though it had been sprayed with a mixture of paint and sand.

“Rugged’ is the word which sprang to mind. It looked as though it had been sprayed with a mixture of paint and sand. I know my sister would love to drive something like this.

The load must surely be destined for the scrap metal dealer.

The load must surely be destined for the scrap metal dealer.

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Another Nostalgic Beach Walk for Jo.

Today I’ve been clearing more drawers and cupboards, and on Friday, the removals truck will arrive to take away the furniture which is going up to our daughter in Johannesburg. My beloved grand piano will also be going along for the ride. I know I’ll shed a tear to see it go, as we’ve been such good friends for the past 30+ years. Well at least I know it’s going to a very good home, and it’s not like I’ll never see it again.

Last Sunday, we actually found time to go for a walk, and of course I took a few pics along the way, for Jo’s challenge. There were many people with the same idea, and the dog walkers were really out in force. (Click on any image to enlarge and see gallery).

The ‘ice cream/everything you need for the beach’ lady was doing her impressive balancing act.

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The ever hopeful fishermen were optimistically casting their lines.

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The security guys were doing their job, but not getting much exercise.

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A quick stop to admire the lighthouse.

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Then it’s up onto the pier.

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We’re now peering down from the pier at the sand sculptor, who is hoping for a few more romantics to give him twenty rands. If another one comes along, Shane will be history.  🙂

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Good to see the lifeguards are watching out for the surfers at Bronze beach.

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Here’s a weird looking animal, rearing up from the foliage.

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Did you ever see such a red and white striped tree branch before? If you’re tall, please mind your head! Personally, I think they should just saw it off; the dead branch, not your head. 🙂

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Time to turn around now and head back home for lunch. The beach is getting quite busy.

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No stopping at the shop for a candy bar or ice cream; it will spoil your lunch, as my mom always used to tell me.

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Looks like someone passed out here, but best not disturb his dreams.

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Let’s just take off our sandals and stop for one last look at the ocean.

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I hope you enjoyed walking with me. To see more walks for Jo’s challenge, just click here.

Beautifully Decorated Paintings for Ailsa’s Theme.

For Ailsa’s Travel Theme, ‘Decoration’, I have a few more of my sister’s recently finished paintings. She is a great admirer of the works of the Austrian symbolist painter, Gustav Klimt, particularly those painted during his ‘Golden Phase’,  and she has been experimenting with this style of art, herself.

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Decorative patterns around his subjects, were often used by Klimt in his paintings.

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His subjects were almost exclusively women, and as my sister’s speciality is painting African people, she does ‘Klimt’ with an African twist.

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Hanging on her kitchen wall, is this really striking painting, the background of which is decorated with gold and bronze foil overlay.

IMG_5260 I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these, as much as you enjoyed the leopard which I posted yesterday.

Klimt died in 1918, and since his death, his paintings have fetched some record prices in the art world. This 1907 beautifully decorated portrait of the socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer, was sold in 2006, to American businessman Ronald Lauder for $135 million.

Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, by Gustave Klimt.

Portrait of Adele Bloch Bauer, by Gustav Klimt.

I’m sure my sister would be happy if hers sold for even a fraction of the price. 🙂

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Sister’s latest Leopard

I went up to my sister’s house yesterday, after visiting mom. I always go into her studio to see what she’s working on. She’s just finished her latest leopard painting. Isn’t he gorgeous? The texture of his fur looked so real, that I had to stroke it.

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Today I’m not relaxing like this leopard. I’m running around like a mad thing, emptying drawers and shelves. Isn’t it amazing, the stuff one accumulates over the years. Whatever do I need four dozen pairs of stocking tights for? I hardly ever wear them, as I live in sandals and flip flops most of the time. I’m sure someone will buy them from the animal welfare sale. The woman who works there, says that people will buy absolutely anything. Isn’t that fortunate? 🙂

WPC: A Family Relic.

This old photo taken in 1905, is definitely a family relic from a bygone era. It shows hubby’s Grandmother with her elder daughter Doris. The baby carriage, if it still exists, would certainly be classed as antique. The design of the ‘pram’ is quite different from today’s collapsible baby buggies. Not very practical, but so ornate. I love the Edwardian style of dress, which is so much more feminine than the jeans and T-shirts worn by today’s young moms, but I can’t see this fashion catching on again with the busy lifestyle we lead.

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When this photo was taken, King Edward VII was on the British throne, and the First World War, was still nine years away. I really love looking at old family photos.

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Feathers on Friday: The long and the short of it.

A tall Wood Stork chats to his short friend, the Mottled Duck, in our Florida backyard.

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(When I saw this couple, the phrase. “The long and the short of it”, immediately sprang to mind. I then got to wondering how long this cliché has been around for, and was surprised to learn that “The short and long of it” has been in use since around the year 1500. Shakespeare used it four times in his plays. The earliest published source for the actual phrase ‘the long and the short of it’, is from a work by William Walker in 1690. I find it so amazing that we still use phrases from hundreds of years ago.)

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Candy Shop Windows for Dawn’s Challenge

Every Thursday, Dawn has her ‘Lingering Windows Challenge’.  This week, I have two very sweet photos for you. The first was taken in Savannah, Georgia. This amazing candy store is housed in one of the waterfront’s old cotton warehouses, and manufactures the best fudge you’ve ever tasted. The wonderful aroma of warm fudge assails your nostrils as you walk up the street, and it’s just a natural reaction, to step inside instead of walking past. Once you’ve succumbed to temptation, there’s no hope for your waistline.

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Mr Simm’s Olde Sweet Shoppe in Horsham,England, is based on a pre-war style sweet emporium. With over 1,500 different types of tempting sweets and chocolates, and has often been compared to Willy Wonka’s. On the shelves, there are hundreds of jars of old fashioned sweets, such as sherbet lemons, pear drops, dolly mixtures, wine gums, licorice allsorts, and my own personal favourite, rainbow chocolate drops, which are weighed out and put in a paper bag, just like in the ‘olden days’. As a child, I must have eaten a barrow load of those chocolate drops covered in colourful  ‘hundreds and thousands. My Saturday sixpence pocket money always ended up in Mr Clarke’s cash register drawer. How many of you had a similar addiction?

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I couldn’t resist adding this Google image. Please help yourselves. 🙂

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Monochrome Madness: My colour photo that had no colour.

An early morning boat trip in Phuket, yielded the only Monochrome colour photo I think I have in my albums. We had booked a cruise on a traditional Junk Boat, across Phang-Nga Bay, but at breakfast time we really wished that we hadn’t, as the sky was dark grey, and the driving rain looked to have set in for the day. However, in spite of he gloomy weather, the trip wasn’t cancelled, and as we’d already paid our money, we thought we may as well go. It turned out to be quite an adventure, and one which I really wouldn’t want to repeat. Click on the link if you would like to see the whole catastrophe.

This is the rather dreary sight which I saw as we arrived at the marina, but by then it was too late to turn back. Our bridges were burned, as it were. If you look carefully, there is a tiny bit of colour, which I think is the lifeboat on the deck of the large white cabin cruiser. Sadly, this was not  the boat we were to sail on. 😦

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