Pull Up A Seat: Great Grandma’s Centenary Bench

To celebrate my Mom-in-law’s 100th birthday, she donated a bench to her village. When she was just a few years younger, she regularly walked a couple of miles uphill from her house into the village to do her shopping. Just before she arrived at the shops, was a wooden bench where she used to stop and rest for a while before doing her errands and returning home, usually carrying a bag of groceries in each hand.

One day she reached her usual rest stop, only to find to her disappointment that the bench had been badly vandalised and was no longer usable. When her centenary came around, it seemed fitting that she should replace the bench with an indestructible one for the use of other senior citizens.

At the time, she was the oldest person living in her village.

The following year, the family gathered for a sumptuous Christmas lunch at the picturesque country pub just across the road. Grandma was of course the guest of honour and my grandson together with his cousin, sitting on an old bench there, serenaded her with an impromptu ballad all about their amazing great grandma. She’s still going strong and her 106th birthday is coming up in August.

 

If you would like to join in XingfuMama’s ‘Pull up a seat’ challenge, Just click the link.

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My Family’s Tender Moments

Cee’s B&W Challenge this week is “Tender Moments.”

Many of our tender moments are experienced with family, and mine is no exception.

My sister-in-law with her sweet and much adored poodle Lucca, who sadly passed away a couple of weeks ago.

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My grandson with the family cat, Ravioli. She is very much loved by all and has long ago learned to endure all the cuddles she gets.

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My cute little grandson Max, cuddling up to granny.

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Our precious daughter Mandy with her dad and loving her first visit to us in Florida. What a wonderful ten days we had together.

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Our son comforting and encouraging his younger daughter Taylor when she suddenly got stage fright at the school concert.

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Last but not least, me cozying up to Santa, hoping he had a present in his sack with my name on it.

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Hope your weekend is a very relaxing and happy one.

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Pull Up A Seat Photo Challenge: Two ‘Throw-backs’.

I decided to take part in XingfuMama’s photo challenge this week. All you need to do is post photos of objects one can sit upon.

Here’s a ‘throw-back’ from 1998, snapped by our son Jeff. Hubby and I were resting on a bench in a rainy Central Park before leaving for the airport on our way back to South Africa. I really loved that flowery umbrella and wish I knew where it eventually disappeared to.

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Another memory from 6 years ago when our granddaughter Sienna was visiting us with her dad in Johannesburg. In our local shopping mall we came upon this rather flashily-dressed cow reading the Daily Mooews.

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Wishing you all a great week ahead. To take part in this challenge, go to https://xingfumama.blog/pull-up-a-seat/

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Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Isolated Objects

Here’s a gorgeous tri-coloured heron in monochrome for this week’s ‘Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge‘. Still so beautiful and and even more elegant without the colour.

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Sightings from the Old Key Lime House Loo-vre

Lunchtime on Valentine’s day found hubby and I once again at the Old Key Lime House restaurant.

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We really love the casual vibe here

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and also the splendid view over the Intracoastal Waterway.

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A trip to the ‘loo’ on our way out, meant that I could once again peruse the art gallery and words of wisdom to be found there.

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This cartoon made me smile, somewhat wryly. We’ve all been there.

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Should the men’s be fully occupied, there’s always this.

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I love this street artist’s impression of his demure subject.

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I’ve posted this chorus line before. but maybe you missed it.

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Last but(t) not least, a ‘Follow your heart’ image for Valentine’s Day.

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Hope you’re all having a fun weekend.

 

 

Cee’s FFC: Color Of Your Choice

My colour of choice for this Valentine’s Day is of course ‘Red’.

A handsome Red Cardinal showing off his Valentine outfit.

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Anatole the backyard Anole lizard, displaying his red dewlap which is meant to lure in females during the mating season.

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Beautiful, romantic sunset seen from Sunset Beach Hawaii.

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From the sublime to the ridiculous:

Hubby and son-in-law spoofing around one evening after movies in Johannesburg.

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You too can join in with Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge.

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