Life, Love, and Passports

Archive for August, 2013

The last supper

Tonight we had our last dinner with my parents before they head back to South Africa tomorrow after gracing us with their presence for one whole month. The primary purpose of their visit was to celebrate my birthday with me because apparently it wasn’t just any birthday it was a big birthday.

Counting down made me realise that I spend a large part of my life counting down days and always looking forward to the next big event. So once we wave them off at the airport and have shed those departure gate tears. Have I ever said how much I hate that goodbye gate and just watching loved ones looking back and waving until they disappear into what seems like a vapour. Departure sounds so final and can leave a person feeling empty and disorientated.

We’ve had a great time with my parents and it was good just travelling around the UK. The summer holiday has been full of activity but we’ve also had many pause and enjoy moments. Now for the final goodbyes until we meet again!


A walk on the wild side

The English premier league is now in full swing. If you’re not into football then I have no words of comfort for you.
I’ve been an Arsenal supporter for the longest time well since I laid eyes on a certain Nicolas Anelka who may I add is currently signed to his 11th club. Serious commitment issues. I’ve long lamented about the lack of achievement from the Gunners and have been seriously considering walking away. I can’t help but feel that the time is now before I start feeling guilty. They kicked the season off a week ago with a loss and perhaps that is a sign. If they should manage to do well this season I’ll have to live with my decision.

Step in Aston Villa a team who didn’t do too splendidly in the league last season but at least they’re capable of possibly achieving more this time around and they happen to be a local team. The last time I backed a local team they didn’t survive the premier league. I really hope that this will not be the case this time around. Arsenal football club will always have a special place in my sporting heart but the love has grown cold.

Today I made my second trip to Villa park, my first was to watch Bon Jovi. Aston Villa took on the might of Liverpool and fell short but it was a good contest. The fans were amazing and their cheering and enthusiasm wasn’t just palpable but contagious as well. I honestly felt that they cared for their team and wanted nothing more than for them to do well.

Football may be just a game to you and I but to the avid supporter it is a way of life. I do enjoy watching a good game of football and perhaps the time is coming for me to just appreciate it on a wider scale. Whatever happens…happens. Up the Villa I say for now!

Letting go

While driving along tonight I got completely distracted by a total stranger because they happened to look like someone I knew very well at some point in my life.
I immediately thought of how people are fond of saying stuff like people come into your life for a reason and there’s a reason they’re not in it now…blah blah blah.

I’ve met so many wonderful people in my life and we’ve gone our separate ways because that’s the way life goes. I sometimes get really sad when I think of the good times we shared and things haven’t got sour we just move on. We outgrow each other and sometimes find new interests.

I then thought about the friends I do have in my life who have been there for the longest time and though we don’t see each other as often as I’d like to because of distance we are in sync with each others lives.

I also love that I’ve made so many new friendships and these relatively new friends mean as much to me as my old friends. I feel totally blessed to have so many opportunities to form new bonds and maintain old ones.

I’m still trying to figure out why some friends are no longer a part of my life and I’m wondering if it isn’t perhaps time to put the memory to rest permanently. Perhaps there is a reason they’re not in my life and it’s not a blah blah blah matter after all!

Holding back the years

So a couple of days ago I reached a rather significant milestone in my life by celebrating my 40th birthday! It’s long been said that ‘life begins at 40’ I’m not sure that I’d agree.

Birthdays are a great time for me to assess, evaluate and plan for the year ahead. I had quite a bit of thoughtful reflection with regards to the direction my life will take from this point. I’m smiling at the future because it’s so promising.

I’ve been asked if I feel any different having reached this milestone. Truth is every day is a gift and I try to make the most of it. Some days yield much more success of course.

Life begins the day you’re born and the challenge is to be the best you!

The constant tourist

I’ve been in the UK well over four years now and I always take pictures when I’m out and about. You see it is very true that there’s always something new to be seen not just on new adventures but the regular ones too. If you’re out and about in your neighbourhood I dare you to find something amazing to capture on film!

A week ago I took my very first sightseeing bus tour and it was around my city, the city of Birmingham. It was very informative and I loved the rich history, awesome buildings and the fact that it has more canals than Venice! There was so much to see and I’ll probably go again. The tour brought back memories of my hometown Pietermaritzburg it’s rich history and countless trips to the museums.

There has been a serious lack of sunshine during the month of August but the beautiful flowers around the city have left no doubt in my mind that it is indeed summer.
The international food fair is in full swing at present and it brings a kind of festivity to the city. The showcase of world flavours is amazing.

This last week also saw us taking a trip to the beautiful city of Oxford. Wow! Far too much history and majestic buildings in one little city. We hopped on a tour bus my second in as many days and it was well worth it! With this second trip I decided that the next time I’m in South Africa I should perhaps join a tour bus and I’m certain I’ll discover so much more than meets the eye.

Hello London! I do love visiting London and it never grows old for me. There is so much to see in London and after a marathon day of shopping in Regent street the last time I was in the capital I totally avoided that part of London.
Yesterday we went off the beaten track in the form of a boat cruise along the Thames and I thoroughly enjoyed my time on the river and it brought back fond memories of cruises in the Durban harbour. Priceless!

I don’t make promises lightly and I’m tempted to make promises of a picture blog soon. I’m enjoying discovering new places and things. I hope you’ll be doing the same!

Two weeks notice

It just dawned on me that I’ve not blogged for a fortnight and I’m placing the blame squarely on procrastinations shoulders. I’m not sure I have any other excuse but I realise that I’ve missed writing terribly.
Since my holiday to South Africa in December I’ve really struggled to hone my writing skills after that short break. It’s become quite apparent to me now that since I didn’t use it I started to lose it. To be honest I’m quite disappointed with myself but thankfully it’s never too late to pick up and move on.

The last couple of weeks have been quite busy with the arrival of my parents, my brother and his family and some good friends dropping by to remind us what we’ve left behind in South Africa. After a whirlwind visit for just three days they headed back to the land of beautiful oceans, breathtaking mountains and the world famous big five!
My parents will be here for another fortnight and we’ve been fortunate to celebrate their 43rd wedding anniversary with them. It’s hard not to think about their time coming to an end because it’s become quite apparent that children don’t just need their parents but that grandparents have a special place in their lives as well.

The summer holiday is now in full swing and I’ve managed to do some baking and even squeeze in some reading and those are still celebrated as achievements to me. I look forward to exercising my writing muscle once again and building a fit mind!