Indispensable for Ladies

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“Ladies, do you own one of these?”

I found this vintage pin box, amongst rolls of thin thread and patterns for delicate crotchet doyleys, in a needlework suitcase left to me by my  aunt who passed away recently. The inscription on the inside of the lid speaks of a different time and place.

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‘Containing a Quarter of a Pound of Best Pins. (Made in England)

Is an indispensable companion to Ladies at home, abroad,  in the boudoir,  touring, visiting or the hotel. Being made of the finest brass wire and carefully silvered, these pins may be used without risk in the finest materials.’

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Dis te vroeg

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Die eerste amandelbloeisels is vandag oop in my tuin ten spyte van ‘n vreeslike storm. Hier by ons word die wind gebore. Kan nie glo die bloeisels het oorleef nie, boonop te vroeg vir dink aan lente. Die winter is nog bitter lank en baie koud in hierdie vallei. Die bloeisels lê soos sneeu op die donker takke. Miskien is die Amandelboom ‘n optimis…’n spierwitte.

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So ‘n paar reëls uit die gedig van C.M.van den Heever (1902-1957) Miskien nie die soort Afrikaans wat ons vandag praat nie, maar beter kan ek dit nie sê nie.

Amandelboom, jy’s ‘n lentebruid,
kyk hoe spierwit bars die blomme uit…

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Nog al die ander bome wag
op still invloeiing van die krag, 
wat uit die grond se donker hart
beur na die takke,  kaal en swart.

Jy is die eerste,  in lentetyd, 
wat wit uitstort jou vrugbaarheid,
die laaste van die bomesee
wat dan jou harde vruggie gee…

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Yellow

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Happiness is yellow.

PS: What if happiness didn’t have anything to do with what you had, where you’ve been or who you were and arose entirely from what you choose to think about.
And what if changing your thoughts,  so you could feel happier more often, would entirely change what you had,  who you were and where you’re headed.
Would you believe it and choose to think differently?

Think yellow abundance!

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Herken jy die plek?

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Overberg Western Cape South Africa

Die Overberg se rûens

Die foto is geneem van die stoep van  Dassiefontein af, ‘n padstal in die hartjie van die Overberg naby Caledon. Stop hier vir bekers  regte koffie saam met dik snye plaasbrood in blikborde bedien.

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Rumi and Saint Peter

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A friend came visiting yesterday and I noticed the book he was reading, flipped through the pages and started reading a few random lines.
Mark Twain once told a story about a man who died and met Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates. Knowing that Saint Peter was very wise, the man, being a fan of military history,  asked a question that he had wondered  about throughout us life.
He said, Saint Peter,  “Who was the greatest general of all time? “
Saint Peter quickly responded, “Oh that’s a simple question. It’s that man right over there.”
“You must be mistaken, I knew that man on earth and he was just a common laborer.”
“That’s right my friend, “assured Saint Peter. “He would have been the greatest general of all time, if he had been a general. “
This story illustrates my moment of truth. I’ve come to realise that the things I truly love to do, my passions,  will be with me for the rest of this time in space which I was granted. If I want to be really,  really happy those talents and passions cannot go untapped any longer.
Far too many people spend a life time headed in the wrong direction. How many of us go not only from the cradle to the cubicle, but then to the casket,  without uncovering our greatest talents and potential.
Every single one of us has talents that are waiting to be uncovered. (Allow Rumi, one of my favourite writers, to have the last word on this matter. )

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Make the ordinary come alive

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Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting real food, of inhaling the crisp morning breeze
and falling asleep next to a smouldering fire.
Show them how to cry when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand…
and make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

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Overberg Western Cape South Africa

Die Overberg se rûens

Die foto is geneem van die stoep van  Dassiefontein af, ‘n padstal in die hartjie van die Overberg naby Caledon. Stop hier vir bekers  regte koffie saam met dik snye plaasbrood in blikborde bedien.

 

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