Most of us value our lives right down to the last breath we take, and my mother was young at heart so it was not too surprising when she retorted, “I am not old! I am not a geriatric!” at 80 years old when I suggested we make an appointment for her to see a … Continue reading Life is Sacred
Our spur of the moment decision. In October 2014 we were sitting comfortably in our friend’s home on Vancouver Island when Derek suddenly got a spark of inspiration and announced, “since we have 5 spare days before we have to leave Canada why don’t we visit the ice-fields, the Canadian Rockies?” Two things flashed simultaneously … Continue reading Visiting Alberta Rockies (part of the Canadian Rockies)
The pandemic is on the lips of many and is spoken about in many ways. Why ever not? It is something that has created a huge challenge for most of us. It is an extremely painful and difficult time. This description could refer to what many people refer to as “The Dark night of the soul.” We might ask why the pandemic is happening: and there are as many answers as there are people but we could rather be asking ourselves: how do I live at such a time as this. What is this dark painful time asking or summoning from me? How does this calamity change the way I live my life, not superficially but what might I change so that I live the authentic life I long to live or the meaningful life I long to live. How do I summons up the courage to answer the call that is personally springing up within me?
We can only answer these questions for ourselves but there needs to be pause for such thoughts: A resting space where we can discern the answer. Or maybe it is an energized space that digs deep within. There are many ways to practice discernment: prayer, meditation, reflection, contemplation, singing, walking, breathing, dancing, exercise, creativity etc. Today I want to share Ellie’s advice on creating an environment that is conducive to meditation, reflection or mindfulness. It simply discusses how we can use space, sound, smell and light and, although her suggestions are for knitting, it can be used for many ways of quietening the heart for reflection and discernment.
Have a good week. xx
Bee on onion flower, M Noffke. I am taking the opportunity on World Bee Day to share personally about bees. I have a special fondness for bees as they were a part of my life growing up. My parents owned enough land to raise chickens and bees. It was a carefree wild existence for a … Continue reading World Bee Day
What is Load Shedding? You probably don’t know what load shedding is if you live in a first world country. Words have failed me in the past but no longer do I want to keep silent. In South Africa load shedding is the ‘turn taking of electricity’ as our country no longer makes enough for … Continue reading Load Shedding: The Consequence of Incompetence.
Hello, I hope you had something that you can look back on this weekend that lifted your spirit. I have an interesting concept to share with you today as I re-blog this post from Ellie. I promote the practice of the deep reflective process as well as meditation. I think Ellie’s post shows a unique use of knitting in meditation especially if you are one of those many people who don’t like sitting still in meditation. Some people are kinetic by nature: they learn through movement, relax through movement and think through movement. I am one of those people. This is the first of a three-part series. I will share the other posts later but if your curiosity is piqued go to her blog and have a look at them. Have a good week and take care.
Today I want to talk a bit about meditation knitting. It seems to be a popular phrase these days, I have seen many articles talk about knitting as mediation but they don’t really go into detail. They just say that knitting is good for you and your mind. So I have decided to write a series of blog posts about mediation knitting.(I would like to note that although I have written this is knitting most of this applies to crochet too! )
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Life Springs forth in one’s youth and Summer nurtures its productivity I can still remember the excitement of turning 6 years old. It meant that I would be going to school to learn to read and write. I didn’t care much for being 13 though, because I felt awkward and out of my depth but … Continue reading My Aging Autumn Years
The lineage of using fiber in our family It has been a joy watching my daughter developing her yarn and fabric crafts the way she has over the years. She started with tatting and lace making and went on to sew, crochet and knit; hence taking after my parents. My mother knitted garments and toys … Continue reading A New Hobby: I am hooked.
I have taken the opportunity to share a fellow South African blog post, wetanddustyroads.com, where she gives an explaination of what it means to braai and wonderful descriptions of the many dishes. She has written a series and in each she covers the different types of food one can cook as well as the lovely camping places she visited. I do hope you will enjoy her posts.
Take care and have a wonderful weekend.
Since all of our travelling is currently on hold (though, we are fortunate to travel inside of our own country), we thought to share with you what keeps us positive (and happy) during these uncertain times – preparing food on the fire!
We will still share some of our earlier travels and adventures with you on our blog, but in the meantime, we will have a weekly ‘braai weekend’ post.
What is a ‘braai’?
The word ‘braai’ is an Afrikaans word, meaning barbecue. This means you grill or roast (mostly) meat over the open coals – something South Africans love to do (especially during weekends).
So, be warn … you will see a lot of pictures of food (and the occasional drink) over weekends on our blog☺️.
We’ve started today’s braai with a lamb…
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Visiting Capilano Suspension Bridge Park was a very special day as we had never experienced such views from a suspension bridge before. It is a 140 meters long and 70 meters above the riverbed. My words cannot do this place justice. We met up with a dear friend of Derek's; Hubert was visiting Canada so … Continue reading Rejuvenation in Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, Vancouver