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I am still recuperating from my knee op. I am slowly getting back into the swing of life again. I will be resuming to post soon.
A big thank you for all your get well messages they brought a smile on my face knowing that there was so much love from all of you I appreciate it very much.
Just to let you all know that I will not be posting for a while as I have had a knee operation which was very successful. I am now recuperate for at least two weeks. I will be reading your all your posts.
The glow of the colours of sunset creates a calming feeling within me always. I may have had a bad day when things have gone wrong but gazing at the sunset uplifts my mood without fail. I now have loads of sunset photographs as it is the one thing which brings me great pleasure. I will share a few of those photographs for this week’s challenge.
Every time I catch the sun sets over the sea it is just majestic
This is over Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe
This was taken by a friend who e-mailed it to on one of her walks.
Sunset through the trees.
Taken from my flat’s balcony.
This is the best way to describe my ‘superpower’ Organizing. If I am given an opportunity to put on an event be it:-
conferences, camps workshops or parties
My mind shifts into organizing mode I am at my best when I am thinking and working out how it will all work out. I just have an urge to detail from the most minute detail to the major ones I will not rest until I am satisfied that all has been planned and put in place before the event is to take place.
I may be physically sitting with people but my head will be working over time mapping out how the event will be done, my motto in organizing is “if I can not do great things I will do small things in a great way” I am born organizer.
Let me begin by saying to you all fellow bloggers Happy New Year and wishing you a year of inspirational writing. I would like to thank all those who in the past year stopped and visited my blog your comments were a source of encouragement which continue to urge me to continue writing thank you once again.
The photo challenge for the week of the 30th December 2016 was about showing images which reflected resilience. I chose three images which show what they have endured over the years yet they are still standing.
First up is this door of St. John the Baptist Church, Bromsgrove in Birmingham, it does not say exactly how old the door is, the church however dates back from the 12th century and is predominantly of the 14th and 15th century construction which was restored in 1858.
second is what looks like a water pump which looks like has been around for decades but still stands.
finally are these two formations which have endured all weather conditions yet still look beautiful.
When a young woman finishes education they get a job for an African woman there is always the anticipation of getting married which is a cultural expectation that you get married. Unlike other cultures in Africa there is a lot of pressure for young women to get married. My first response to the photo challenge of the 16th December 2016 is my nieces wedding day two years ago now:-
my niece walking out of her mom’s house in anticipation of starting a new phase in her life marriage
At this time of the year most people look forward to spending time with family and loved ones on Christmas when you are invited you anticipate to have a wonderful time of catching up with relatives you do not get to see during the course of the year you also anticipate to have good food. I was invited to be with my niece and her family last Christmas for the Christmas meal
It was a great time of bonding over a lovely meal.
For a four year old starting school where elder sister goes is a great adventure and something to look forward to as the face of my grandson reflects in this photograph :-
What has made his parents and I happy is that he loves school and is always in his best behaviour the anticipation of feeling all grown up and going away every morning with his sister is something he enjoys.
The photo challenge for the 9th December was ‘new horizon’ which is about showing what I would like to achieve. I have loads I have been wanting to achieve but the challenges that faces my home country have made it impossible for me to even try.
In the past three decades what has characterized the country is loss of employment opportunities, lack of freedom of expression and freedom of affiliation resulting in most of us leaving the country to go and live in the diaspora. It so happens that when you are living in a foreign land all you think about are short term goals as you are not certain how long your leave to remain can last for.
So for this week’s photo challenge I have decided to use a photo I used once before:
This gap between these red stone cliffs found at Gonarezhou national park in Zimbabwe enables me to see beyond the current challenges experienced in our nation. You can almost see endless possibilities which open to every Zimbabwean if only we can put right the governance issues which seem to be thwarting whatever any goals any one can have in our country.
The collective goal we have as a nation is to achieve some kind of normalcy where the health systems function where people can have freedom of expression to just mention a few of the challenges. Looking through this gap helps me to see beyond what is now, to what it can be hopefully not in a too distant a future.
I can not understand what it is that makes me take on too much, I only wish I could let somethings go without me being involved. Because I take on too much I find myself having to work under pressure to meet my deadlines, sometimes this is very overwhelming for me and I get so stressed. The only thing which helps me unwind is to go on long walks. My favourite place to do this is in the Lake District in Cumbria. Usually this is how I look when I am all stressed out:-
As I walk I gradually relax and unwind a bit on scenic walks like this one just outside Glossop which helps me relax
the views are just amazing and help me release all the tension.
After my long walks this is a relaxed me below feeling happy inside :-
The one word prompt for the 29th of November was ‘Culture’ a word which can mean a lot of different things like ‘ a particular civilization at a particular period’ or a development of understanding of arts. The one I chose to write about in this post is the one which relates to customs, traditions, ideas and rituals of a particular society.
I am an African which means my customs etc. are African
however people make a mistake of generalising thinking that all Africans share the same culture. There are things which are common among the peoples of the huge continent as reflected in the above photograph. Each of those nations which make up this beautiful continent have its unique customs, traditions ideas, rituals and a unique way of life.
I am a Zimbabwean African where many different sub cultures exist of the different tribes which make up the Zimbabwean nation with common threads which run through all the tribes. I am Shona so there are unique things about that tribe which distinguishes me from the other tribes. We have rituals for funerals, births and weddings which are uniquely Shona.
The rituals I enjoy sharing I find interesting to share are the rituals a girl performs a day after her wedding you do not go for your honey moon straight away you do not even share the same bed with your bed the first night of your marriage. The culture is at the end of the wedding reception the bride is accompanied a group of her relatives to the grooms family as reflected in the following photograph these are the people who she will spend the night with so that hey can help her to carry out all the rituals in the morning
like fetching water from the well and warming it up making sure all the grooms relatives have had a wash after that she will prepare meals to feed the whole clan including the neighbours. All these rituals will be carried out for the whole day when all the rituals are done the bride will then presented to her husband on the second night after their wedding. This ritual is to show the bride’s in-laws that the new daughter in law is capable of taking care of them. Throughout a girl’s up bringing she will be being prepared for being a good daughter in law the celebrations will also include the new daughter in law and helpers being given a lot of gifts which may include money to acknowledge all they will have done.
I shared this small ritual to show one out of the many things which make me who I am and what my culture is about.
This is a photograph of the relatives who accompanied my niece after she got married in May 2015 their dress is the kind they have to wear ready to go and do all that is expected of them. After that the accompanying group comes back to report back to the bride’s family how everything will have gone which is another celebration. The wedding celebration will last for a good week.
It’s not this time of the year without…………… the last of the autumn colours like this one:-
there seem to be different shades of the rusty colours of the leaves as we the end of autumn approaches then you it is the end of November.
or when the sun shines through the trees and expose the trees loosing most of their leaves.
Then in the morning you frost covering bushes:-
then you know winter is slowly settling in.
It is not only the outdoors which tell what time of the year it is the city too reminds us what time of the year it is:-
or shopping malls looking like this:-
or people rushing shopping for Christmas presents: