Absence

I can not believe that I have not been posting as often as I would have wanted to, I can not pin it on any one thing but a combination of a lot of things.

First I must admit I was left a bit lost when the daily prompts came to an end, it now looks as if that was my motivation for posting regualarly. Thanks to  thehouseofbailey  who has stepped up and is kindly offering daily prompts. Thanks Scott  I am really grateful that you have done that.

Second I am sure I have been having ‘a writers block’ not being motivated to write and yet deep down I yearn to put my thoughts down. The third factor has been the political situation in my home country I have been taken by all the goings on  as Zimbabwe builds up to the 30th of July when the nation goes to ‘hopefully’ elect a new government. Those of us in the diaspora regrettably will not be able to vote as the powers that be decided that there were not  going to  put in a system that would allow us to vote. While part of me was disappointed part of me was pleased. Our electoral process has been on record of being manipulated in favour of  the ruling party, I would not have wanted to go and cast my vote at the embassy for fear my vote would be manipulated.

Like other nations Zimbabwean elections are proving very divisive, there those like me who just want the political party which has ruled our nation for the past thirty eight years to step aside and allow a different party to govern and bring in a new style of leadership. Zimbabwe needs rebuilding as the economy has collapsed affecting a lot of things.  We seen industry disappearing that there is now a 75% rate of unemployment.  There is an acute shortage of money people can not access their own savings as banks are not able to pay out money. When the current government came into power in 1980 the country had great potential the agricultural industry was thriving, the education and health sectors were among the best in the African continent. Thirty eight years on and the country is on its knees as result of bad governance. That is what sent people on the street last November when the army generals unseated Mugabe as reflected in the following photo.

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Every progressive Zimbabwean wanted Mugabe to go hence the support of the ‘coup which was not a coup’ Now seven months after that historic demonstration of unity of purpose it looks like the nation may have removed a dictator to replace him with another dictator who may prove to be worse than Mugabe. When he took over the governance he said and continue to say the right things but he does not back his words with actions.

He does not look like he is going to be different, his cabinet is made up with people who are associated with the rampart corruption which ruined our once promising nation.  He has appointed people on the electoral commission whom he knows will manipulate the system to make him remain the head of state and government. The one thing which he did not work to undo is the control of the electoral system which the nation demonstrated against last week as reflected in the following photograph.

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It  is certainly clear that the election scheduled to be held next Tuesday the 30th July are not going to be free and fair.

I did not plan for this post to be this long to explain why I was not posting but I  hope all those who follow my blog will see what has been pre occupying my mind. I have resolved to go back to be posting  regularly. I hope I will keep to my resolve.

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Broken

Here is a word we hear about a lot these days. Politicians  talk about a broken world as terror attacks are on the increase. There seem to be a lot of hatred, some people have decided to go on a war path for reasons only they know.

What is regrettable is that those who are caught in cross fire are those who are already struggling or ordinary people caught while they are going about their own  lives. The question is what is the purpose of this unnecessary loss of life?  We can never get an answer to this question except that humanity is really broken.

Is it because humanity has turned its back  on God every one claiming  they  can get along  on their own. One person sit with a tablet or laptop  and get all the information they want to know including  how to end other people’s lives.

How can we mend the brokeness,  I do not think we can except that as individuals we begin to think of others before  ourselves. Each one of us would go back to value life, no life deserves to be ended unnecessarily.

How I wish

What a prompt on this last day of one word prompts, from the day it was announced  that prompts were no longer going to be done I have been regretting why I had not written  as often as I was able. I wish procrstination had not get the better of me.

Retrospection always make you regret what could have been, if I had written as many posts  as there were prompts  I would have a lot of posts to draw from for where I want to take my blogging.

As I look back now on the ones I did write I am surprised as my own thought processes  how  I interprets  each prompt taking it where  ever the direction it felt good to me.

Some of them  took me to places which I could have happily avoided, but interesting enough writing posts on issues which had caused me pain in my past become a very positive therapy.

What  a journey I have been these past seven years thanks to the team who motivated all of us to write.  The challenge  now is where do I go from here begin  to have my own ideas  of what I want to write  and post on the Reader. I wonder what it is going to happen  if I put off writing with the prompts, would I ever get myself  motivated  enough to write. It is going to be a challenge  which I am will to face head  on. Who knows  this may be what I needed to take my writing to the next level.

Weekly photo challenge – Place in the World

I loved the weekly photo challenge of the 9th of May. The brief was to show one’s safe space in other words where one finds themselves. I love being out doors I love the natural landscapes, and just being in the natural environment

I am sure those who follow my blog already know I am at home and feel I belong when I see sunsets and sunrises, as a religious person the time I feel most connected to God is watching the sun setting.  My first photos has to do with that.

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This is in Manna pools a resort in Zimbabwe I love the sight with mountains in the background and that dead tree in the middle just add to the beauty.

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While Zimbabwe and Zambia share the these falls I think the Zimbabwean side is the best  because nothing can beat that sunset over the falls and that can only be seen from the Zimbabwean side of the falls. Every time I am holidaying in the falls I feel very close to God.

 

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This was sent to me by I friend, I am using this photo the reflect where I belong  ‘OUT DOORS’

 

 

Daily Prompt – The rising tide of nationalism

Having not posted for a while, I seem to be organized  now I  have some time to catch up with writing posts. The daily word prompt for the 4th of May was ‘tide’ which is associated with the rise and fall of sea level.

I was born and brought up in a landlocked country which means until I came to live in the U.K. I had no experience of the sea tides, however I have experience of the rising tide of the African nationalism which started in the late 1950s and 1960. I was about  10 years old when my father got involved in the politics of our nation. A wind of change was sweeping through out the African continent

The whole continent was ruled by some colonial power from the West, in that decade most African countries held the political ideology that any nation should govern itself, free from unwanted outside interference and  determine its own destiny. In our household I often heard my parents talk about the development and maintaining our own national identity based on the African characteristics such as culture, language, race, religion, and political goals.

As the tide of nationalism swept throughout the continent some African countries took up arms to liberate themselves from colonial rule, others negotiated the change without having to resort to armed struggle. One by one some countries got their independence and became sovereign states. Zimbabwe was one of those which had to use the armed struggle to attain independence which was realized in 1980. On the 17th April 1980 a Zimbabwean flag was raised to mark self governance  we all felt great that we could determine our own destiny. As to where we are now 37 years after that change is another story which is for another post.

Weekly Photo Challenge – Lines

A bit behind with last week’s photo challenge it is better later than never.IMG_1189

Looking up to these beam lines adds to the beauty of this chapel.

 

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A line of the candles in that window

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White peacock’s further lines are so exquisite.

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As a blogger it is fitting that I finish my interpretation of the lines photo challenge with lines of books.

Minuteness

I love to plan in great detail, if I am given a task to do especially when I am asked to organize an event I just find myself spending hours and weeks even, making sure I have planned in detail. I am not satisfied with any detail being ambiguous I want even the minute detail  to be clear.

Today’s word prompt  ‘elaborate’ used as an adjective  is about working out in great detail or executing with great minuteness or marked by intricate and often excessive detail.

This photo describes ‘elaborate’ for me:-

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It is interesting how nature displays the minute details of plants. Every time I look at this photo I am amazed at the detail of this plant which grew on a bridge wall every intricate detail of the plant is shown.

WPC – Prolific

The time of year I love most in Zimbabwe is spring when all leaves begin to sprout again for the summer season. Every where you as between and September different rusty shades are plentiful as the photographs I have chosen for this challenge will show.

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This is at the beginning of springs from mid August you can see trees beginning to leave again after winter.

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To see the spring colours  springing up among the beautiful rocks is just breath taking.

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Sometimes I just want to hold back the season so that I can enjoy for ever these beautiful colours.

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The grasses tend to blend in with the trees at this time of the year. This is my interpretation of Prolific.

DWP – Fret

When I saw the 17th of April one word prompt I thought what a word to write a post, the more I thought about it the more I was warming to the idea of writing a post.  The word ‘fret’ is sometimes inter changed by the words ‘whinge’ and ‘moan’ which are used by someone who is certainly nothing to be happy about. Collins dictionary’s definition of fret is  to worry about the smallest of problems, reinforcing the state of someone who has nothing to be happy about.

I am not a medical doctor nor am I a psychologist, but when someone consistently moans about everything   need to be checked out. I am aware that life consists of happy times and challenging times, and to get frustrated with some aspects of life is part of being alive. I guess now and then it is helpful to have a rant about things which frustrates but that must not be a life style. Yes once in a while you may want to have a moan but never allow it to be the norm.

While there are many things which cause us to fret, there are many things to make us celebrate being alive. Recently I had reasons to whinge about, things were not going as well as I would like them to in addition my father died, and everywhere I turned things were just going wrong. I noticed all my conversations were characterized by few moans, I moaned about how politicians in my home land were getting it all wrong as far as governing is concerned. I moaned about the rain for ever falling here in the U.K. I found myself in a state of constant irritation and anxiety. Did my fretting change the state of things? The  answer is a resounding NO!  so what is the purpose of fretting?

It is spring here and the daffodils are in full bloom and brightening the  surroundings as they grow in the wild surely just enjoying their beauty will lift up any spirits which is vital for my well being. Fretting on the other hand can only result in poor health condition which enhance the state of constantly fretting. I resolve to quit fretting wishing me luck.

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WPC – Having fun!

This week’s photo challenge is about telling a story with our photographs. I decided to use photographs which my 11 year old granddaughter took .

Working for the church as I do, I seem to have a lot to do that I never seem to get time to do things just fun. Last weekend my daughter decided that I should join her and family and go to a farewell do of a friend who has decided to emigrate to Australia.  I will let the photographs do the telling:-

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For my grand daughter it was great to be able to take selfies with grandma!

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The fun was taken to higher level when my grand daughter showed me what she is able to do with the selfies!

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My grand daughter had a great time showing off her skills in taking photographs of her mum and her I which impressed me greatly.