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My mother ... exuberance is ... ebullient - bubbly ... giving my mother an afternoon of lots of smiles, laughter and interaction ... what could be more satisfactory for a daughter. She was wide awake when I walked in ... so I sat her up ... thank goodness for electric beds! ... and showed her the parcel that had arrived ...
I explained I’d entered a competition and won a prize on a South African blog and that was how the parcel had arrived ... my mother loved to visit me when I lived there and we travelled all around South Africa ... so I was saying ‘lucky me’ – back comes ... “you’re not lucky, you’re fortunate”!
I’d been out to tea with a friend, whose sister had died of Parkinsons up at the home .. so Nancy knew that my mother loved flowers as we always have a few vases, and had picked some brilliant cornflowers and a deep red rose for me to take back with me.
My mother was truly delighted ... and after arranging them ... we got down to the serious business of opening the parcel from South Africa. Mum loves getting letters and cards – so a parcel was a little special ...
... and I slowly opened it ... were there any stamps? - no! My mother collected stamps – hence the memory recall. I explained about Judy’s HRH Theodorable the Cat .. got a big smile and probably a purr to match Theodorable's purr as she padded her way to the post office to post the packet.
|Judy's desk and HRH Theodorable!|
Out popped a large packed packet, tied up with raffia, which I let Mum feel ... sent with love from typical gardening hands (perfect for us - as Mum was a real hands-on excellent gardener) ...
... the wrapping paper was African showing southern African ecosystems from the range of mountains at the top, the yellow ochre dusty savannah lands, the grey dusty elephant mopane, another layer of acacia burnt ochre, then the dry grasslands for the giraffe to lope across ... very African.
|Camel thorn - Giraffe Thorn|
Kameeldoring: Afrikaans for Giraffe
What’s in it ... I could see my mother waiting with baited breath .. while I made the most of the interesting wrapping .. like a small child ... there was a pleading in her eyes ....get on with it! Open up!!
... from the compliment’s slip listing ... a book, an anthology of short stories, some fridge magnets, a shopping bag, and a tea net - Mum immediately says 'like Aunt Dolly (my father's aunt) used to make' - well yes I guess ... as Judy has said she's sending things that the ladies at the side of the road sell ... as she likes to support the street sellers ...
|The prizes, but no tea net|
A set of four fridge magnets with views, which are quite difficult for Mum to focus on ... but I describe each one .. and she's happy to look contemplatively ... I open the shopping bag, which she tells me is the shopping bag .. and have a look at the pictures: the flip flops and football etc ...
... barefoot football “Hoza Africa” Come to Africa ... where they’re making barefoot footballs from waste, creating support for the ball makers, while re-using Africa’s waste. The balls are made from a combination of available materials – paper, vine, banana leaves, string, plastic or cloth ... recycling to the maximum .. ending up with something for the kids to play with.
Now – the tea net comes to the fore ... slightly (much!) larger than I was expecting and definitely not the sort Aunt Dolly made .. which were muslin circles with beads sewn round the edge to hang over the milk jug (as my mother reminded me) to keep the flies off. This tea net is magnificent – a huge rectangular net, edged with ribbon and decorated with ribbon bows – in pure white.
ON THE PROWL: ORIGINAL ART
BY FUZ CAFORIO
Another friend, Linda, who does teas for Care Homes - Royal Garden Party teas, or tea teas - explaining about the different teas ... and who spent time in Bulawayo in Southern Rhodesia/Zimbabwe .. and whose father was in the Home with us .. so we had Africa connections - lots to chat about .. I thought I'd give the tea net to Linda - as I know she'll make use of it, explain its provenance ... and I can give her photo copies of both books .. as someone may like to make a purchase.
Then we get to the book .. and I'm thumbing through .. it's quite dark in Mum's room - she likes it cool and dark .. so I couldn't see properly .. but said ... ooooh it's got poems, short stories etc .. I am at this point corrected by my mother – “an anthology is a mix of everything ... not just short stories” ... Mum says - you must get it right .. an anthology is a hotch potch!!!
|Anthology: Notes |
from the Underground
So we're looking at the cover and the thorn tree .. and chatting away .. in comes Jaitema (from Kerala in India), the nurse on her drug round .. oooh what have you got there .. and big smile to Mum .. and discussions all round .. 'Notes from the Underground' ..
JJ says your mother is always so stimulated when you're around .. sitting up and wide awake .. we show JJ my prizes .. and then the book .. at which JJ .. has a look inside and finds to her total surprise .. some Hindi .. quite a lot of Hindi ... so please let me have a look when you can .. !!
So you have a hit on your hands Judy .. the anthology - hotch potch mix .. is ready to be absorbed by us ... read and devoured ... chatted over and lent out ... Africa and India .. a better prize on a day like today I could not have wanted.
|Dancing in the Shadows|
I told Mum about the Smashwords coupon for downloading Judy's book "Dancing in the Shadows of Love" - and she looked at me in blank amazement .. just so impressed that we can do these things and connect across the universe ..
So you can see excitement for many of us .. the staff love it when Mum is like this .. it's just great ..
So stars for you Judy .. great success over here ... Judy’s doing a book promotion and blog tour for her book “Dancing in the Shadows of Love” and she’s coming over to the blog to see us sometime soon: I know you’ll love her books, her blog and her pictures ...
Launch Competition - Prizes Galore - courtesy Judy - at her blog ...
Chapter One - can be read here: The Curtain Rises ... Lulu (The past) ... it is very evocative, very African, a tale with a story to tell .. a tale of heartache, a story that reaches out .. that teaches us things ... inspires us to think ...
The book trailer can be seen here ... Dancing in the Shadows of Love
Dear Mr Postman – this time I don’t think I need to tell you about my mother!
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