Saturday, 25 February 2017

Latest Weightloss tip

have a simple solution to all those lovely women out there who have a problem with saying no to tasty food, like sweets, biscuits and most of all cake. Whenever you see a cake just remember that cake is that horrible thing that puts cellulite on you bum. 
Deserted Beach
As February comes to its  inevitable end, ushering March in, our weather has taken a turn for the worst. Storm Doris has landed in the Scottish highlands and as all things do when they start falling, it will drift down south over the next day or so. Today we have sleet and a bone chilling wind. I know, you are wondering why I seem to be going on about the weather a bit, but it all comes down to a good cold snap kills off the bugs and let's face it, you can not have all the fun, we deserve a little before the summer warms the ground and the nights are shorter. Storm Doris, who came up with a name like that. Doris reminds me of an old aunt, her only vice being the gin.
As you can see from the beautifully taken photograph, I am at my favourite haunt. Coffee and some Victoria sponge graces my table as I look out over what is a deserted, windy beach denuded of life except for the hunch up seagulls. Today the cafe has a almost bohemian collection of people. Old and young, all grown up, no children, all the patrons of this cafe are either too young and still have time to contemplate whether or not to have kids. The others are like me, passed that stage of our lives and are able to have our cake and eat it.
Gary tells me he is doing a three day bike ride, from the Drakensberg to the sea. The route takes him from the bottom of Sani Pass, through the Midlands and down the Umkomaas valley, ending in Scottburgh. 16 hours on one of those wee bicycle saddles that some of the bigger bums seem to swallow. Oh the thought of it brings tears to my eyes. Hopefully Claudia will give him a wee cushion to bring some comfort for that long journey. Italian wives are good that way. I know they can shout and scream but it is all in their DNA, they really love from the heart, just that they are a little more vocal about it.
Well my day is coming to an end and I need to head to the grocery store for tonight's culinary delights. Till anon.


Saturday, 18 February 2017

Optimism

I must say thanks to all those comments with regards to Sam. I feel that however great the scale of loss, the pain is made bearable by your thoughts. Your reaching out and concern, make us human and complete. 
I believe that optimism is the faith that leads to achievement. Nothing can be done without hope and confidence. As with Sam's motto to take as long as he can to leave the beach, so I will take as long as it takes to say goodbye. In that there is a comfort that leaves me time to come to my own place without him.
Changing the subject, I watched a film a little while ago and two chefs were having  a meal sharing a bottle of wine. Just as they were about to go the one old chef noticed there was still some wine left in the bottle and when the other chef wanted to put the cork in he said. "You can't keep that lovely stuff trapped in there, it's cruel." My sentiments completely and what a classic phrase.
There are two sayings being used extensively at the moment, Always be true to yourself and It is OK to be not OK. Tell that to the habitual criminals, make their day.
My view is of an angry sea and a deserted beach. Half term might be here but low temperature and high winds have frightened off the hardiest of families. With this the trend for the rest of the week, I do fear a few children will have to be firmly reprimanded as boredom sets in and the home loses its appeal. Stay strong mothers, beating is allowed indoors. 

Sunday, 5 February 2017

A Changing World

I did write about how we seem to not be willing to make our elected officials accountable for their promises. All elected officials are her to serve the people who voted them in. I believe most of the upsets we have seen over the last year are because these elected officials are not listening and more important, are not keeping their promises. Below is an extract from the book 'A World in Disarray' by Richard Haass. It does help explain why we are in the position we find ourselves now. It does not give the answers but more the reason.

'The 2016 presidential campaign, underscored this judgment by highlighting multiple divisions within the American society that are both long-standing and deep. 
One result of the election is greater uncertainty over the future trajectory of U.S. foreign policy. As the subtitle of this book suggests, support for the old order has crumbled, the result of heightened economic anxiety at home (often associated with globalisation, free trade, and immigration) and growing doubts about the costs and benefits associated with what the United States has been doing abroad, including fighting several open-ended wars in the Middle East and supporting allies in Europe and Asia. It is significant that Donald Trump, the winning candidate, called for putting America First. 
The rest of the World has taken note. Assumptions about the willingness of the United States to continue doing what it has been doing in the world are being questioned as never before by friends, foes, and everyone in between. 
All this, along with an in box best described as daunting in the quantity and quality of the challenges filling it, is what awaits the forty-fifth president, who, like his predecessors, will enjoy great latitude in matters of national security. It is of course impossible to know what sort of foreign policy will emerge from the United States and how other countries and entities will react. Still, it is difficult not to take seriously the possibility that one historical era is ending and another beginning. 

On June 23, 2016, a narrowly majority of those British citizens who went to the polls voted in favour of a referendum that called for an end to their country's membership in the European Union. Those voting for "Brexit" may have wanted to voice their frustration with low levels of economic growth, anger over immigration, fears of unemployment, or unhappiness with a portion of their taxes going to an institution based in Brussels that often seemed remote in order to support countries that often seemed to be profligate. Some voters may simply have wanted to register a protest against the politicians ruling the country. But whatever the motives, the results were profound, affecting not just the future of the United Kingdom and Europe but that of the United States and the entire world as well. 
If Brexit actually happens, depending on its terms it could lead to the breakup of the United Kingdom and a partial unraveling of the EU. If this was to occur, the historic project of European integration born in the wake of the Second World War, an accomplishment that has brought unprecedented prosperity and stability to a continent that had all too often known war, would be placed at risk. Also at risk would be the so-called special relationship between the United States and the United Kingdom, often America's closest and most important partner and ally in the world. 
But even if Brexit or the worst of it is somehow avoided, that it garnered the support it did in a country such as the United Kingdom tells us that there are fewer givens in the world than many of us-indeed, most of us-assumed.'
We do live in changing times and I believe there will be more protest votes to come and then some. Politics and government as we know it will change, hopefully be more accountable and perhaps, the most important change will be honesty.