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.


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Five Photos, Five Stories #5: A Walk in the Black Forest

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. My final photo was taken in the Southern Black Forest Nature Park in Germany.


Almost two years ago, to celebrate her 100th birthday, my Mom-in law treated her immediate family to a Rhine cruise. When our ship docked in Breisach, we set out for a half hour mini-hike through the picturesque landscape of the Black Forest. After passing mountain goats grazing amongst the rocks, the trail became quite steep and the ground underfoot, very rocky, so we left MiL sitting on a large boulder in the shade of a viaduct, whilst the rest of us climbed to the top. The bronze statue of a stag overlooking the ravine, is a reminder that such an animal once escaped hunters with a gigantic leap across the gorge. I don’t know whether it’s a true story or just a legend, but the statue is really amazing to see.

At this point, I’m supposed to nominate another blogger to take up the challenge, but haven’t had much success so far with this, so I’ll leave it open for any of you who may like to  do it. The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”.