Coddled Eggs

Coddled Eggs

Sunday, 10 May 2015

I just had to share this clip as well..... Please if you haven't read the previous entry read that first to aquaint yourself with the sgnificance of these clips........I'll give you a daisy a day dear

             The most beautiful Distraction

I am meant to be preparing for a trip to Auckland tomorrow.
I have forms to complete ,car parking arrangements to make ,book keeping to finalise , pig food to prepare  phone calls to make....oh how I play this procrastination game.

My daughters entered a lip sync completion and decided I should be in the video.
I will say no more about it lest to say that we won the competition and tomorrows flight to Auckland is part of the prize package.
I will write a blog post on our return .
In the meantime if you click the link you should see our entry along with others.Ours is the girl standing in front of the red doors..

ANY WAY Why I was writing this post......

The distraction and subsequent digression from duties was due to a short and simple email from a lovely friend I made on the street in Haarlem,  The Netherlands
A beautiful lady walking her dog and I asked directions. What a lovely friendship now develops.

Today that friend sent a link to an animation she has created, she will release a childrens book in June.

The animation absolutely depicts my friendship with a darling friend that I lost just over a year ago.
 I have made a post all on its own of the animation It deserves words needed.
It is that moving.
Here is part of  my reply email to my friend

This made me cry.
Its a funny thing the universe we live in.
I need to tell you a story and why this video is so emotional for me.
Firstly it is such an excellent portrail of friendship.

I lost my dearest friend to cancer in April last year.
Her name was Karen and she was an artist (amongst other things)
 She completed many beautiful water colour paintings
 and the one thing we did together 2 weeks before she died 
was to paint a little oil painting together.
Karen  loved the sea
That was where she went when she got her diagnoses .Her and her husband own a little holiday house by the sea.
Years before Karen became ill I had a major depressive episode
 and was hospitalised.
When I returned home Karen would visit me and I her
We would "Play" as she called it.We made cards and painted we gardened and walked and just played.
She was my best friend.
I miss her terribly. I don't know if you still follow my blog but there is a picture of her and I painting together .Anyway
 The video of Bout is Bang (Bout is Afraid) 
sums up everything about our friendship.I was born in the year of the rat 
..Karen was in love with donkeys.......
We both loved the sea
 and sort solace in the ocean waves......
Thank you Thank you so much.

Friendship is so special....
Someone once said to me, Your best friends are the people that have watched your children grow up , watched  them go through all their up's and down's and never judge.

I think friends are the people who let you come over to play and you them ....people that get frustrated with you but don't judge and  still love you and you them... people who encourage you and support your idea's and you theirs people you LOVE.

I need to get back to my work but not before I share the video of the animation with you.
The book is out  in June through Amazon. I will keep you posted. It is a wonderful depiction of friendship.

Friends can help each other. A true friend is someone who lets you have total freedom to be yourself - and especially to feel. Or, not feel. Whatever you happen to be feeling at the moment is fine with them. That's what real love amounts to - letting a person be what he really is.
Jim Morrison

BOUT IS BANG by Nicole de Cock

Thursday, 7 May 2015

                               ........... Gather ye Nuts.........

It's Autumn and that means its a harvest.
I have picked so much fruit, bottled it, frozen it and eaten it and still there is more.
A glut of grapes and plums, millions and millions (it seems) of walnuts and enough apples to sink a ship.
Lots of green beans, tomato's, dill and basil .
What better way to harvest then to share the load and distribute the produce.

I have a very dear friend that I just don't visit enough and this week will see me drop in with a load of walnuts.
My friend has the most beautiful garden, a secret oasis and a very productive oasis at that.

Every year she has something new and in abundance and this year it was (for me) a delight to see hundreds of little purple saffron. As a result of such a bumper harvest I was the very grateful recipient of a bag of saffron strands, of which I will use in lots of Indian dish's.
The same friend also grows the sweetest hazelnuts these too, are exchanged for walnuts........

Another way I love to share the walnuts is to have the wonderful darling residents of our local aged care home come and visit and collect nuts.
It is always such a delight to have their energy in our garden .They are so grateful and have so much love and appreciation.
I love to see their eyes light up and watch as they take everything in.
 I often wonder if visits to gardens and the like conjure up wonderful memories of youth because there is something in the twinkle of light in their eyes that tells me there  has been a life well lived and that there is so much life still left to live.
Sadly their bodies often tell a different story as they rely on walking frames for balance a support and getting in and out of vehicles can be for some, a mammoth effort...

Yet come they do and this Autumn the return of a friendly face of 92 plus years and a few new face's.
A wonderful sprightly gentleman, with a skip in his step and a huge energy that belied any frailty that may be present, and three lovely ladies ,one of whom was herself a great gardener and reveled in the chance to name a plant and pick a bloom and smell the duff.

My lovely friend that sang on the last visit was unable to come as his wife who was also on the last couple of visits was unwell,so although there were no songs there was plenty of gleeful chatter.

A grape by any other name

Seeds and nuts are indispensable for cardiovascular health. The protective properties of nuts against coronary heart disease were first recognized in the early 1990s, and a strong body of literature has followed, confirming these original findings.
Joel Furhman

In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.
William Blake

Plant a little patch of garden for yourself tend, it nurture it and thank it for what you get in return.