We’ve had a glorious few months after a pretty cold first half of the year but from Wimbledon (late June) onwards it was wonderful to be in England now that we had a summer to relish ...
|Pasty van - providing an easy supper for us all - |
Downsview Icecream tubs to follow later on -
simple but effective catering I'd say?!
There were a few celebrations ... some shared, then repeated and why not when you’re 21 – it only happens once ... but so many of us seem to want that recurring bliss time!
Lots of beautiful gardens to see ... this is a post of few words (well it was meant to be!) ... as I now I feel able to relax and get on with life once again ... Thanksgiving has come and gone, end of November also ... by which time I had need to complete a few things – done .. now to spruce them up, after I had an epiphany for my future blog and life ...
|One real and one honorary twin goddaughters ...|
born on the same day - coincidence to say the least - but
fun all the same!
Christmas is a-coming ... the goose is getting fat – well I hope our turkey is! ... so December will be another month of action and finally perhaps in 2014 I can really see the light ahead.
Generally I’ve been out and about lots – visiting many exhibitions that I still need to write up about ... and have a list of a few to visit in the coming months – keeps me learning.
In 2014 I need to catch up with friends and more family ... but you’ve all been great supporting me, some of you I have met, which has been a pleasure, some I almost feel like I know albeit we’re miles apart ...
My blog proved its worth recently ... as I wrote about Emily Hobhouse the great aunt of one of my mother’s cousins.
|Meditation seat half way down the pergola, opposite|
one of the ponds
Those brief posts were spotted by an Afrikaans journalist in Cape Town, who is organising a project around Emily and a famous speech she wrote for December 16th 1913, and her work in South Africa, where she is honoured.
So now Elsabe, from the Die Burger newspaper, in Cape Town and Emily’s great niece, Jennifer Hobhouse Balme, who holds her papers, in Vancouver Island are in touch ... interesting world isn’t it.
I think I need to do a post on Emily – as her thoughts are still so relevant today:
“We in England are still dunces in the great world-school; our leaders are still struggling with the unlearned lesson that liberty is the equal right and heritage of every child of man, without the distinction of race, colour or sex.”
|... one of the ancient apple trees now happily|
covered in rose blossom
Emily had always been determined to help the impoverished ... the women, the children in particular – the inhabitants particularly affected by the war, whichever ghastly war, raging around them ... so, so sad it is still happening today.
|Shawn the Bouncing Sheep - to get everyone in the|
mood for the party ...
We have natural disasters, mechanical disasters, human disasters and for most of us in this blogosphere can count our blessings we don’t usually fall into those categories, however should a disaster occur I like to think we can each learn from the other – as there are so many caring people who have family challenges ...
|Roses - blooming outside|
the town's library in
This is a learning environment ... as well as a fun, caring place to be in ‘our’ blogosphere – which reaches far and wide ...
A belated happy Thanksgiving ... and while we still have roses blooming in November – before the polar air hits us at the end of the week I send you some blooms across the airwaves ...
Emily Hobhouse post - part 1 and my school days in Oxford
Emily Hobhouse post - part 2, more on Oxford, Tolkein, Einstein etc
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