A few people have asked to see photos from my wedding. I cant in good conscience just give you pictures without a bit of the story.
Paul and I were married just over four years ago. We got married in the same shul my parents were married in.
Since we had decided to get married on the 12th not the 14th of February we decided we didn’t want roses, not only would they be cliché but damn expensive!
We decided on daisies and because they are my favourite flower in any colour we decided that our decor would centre around a multitude of daisies in every colour and type we could lay our hands on.
I didn’t want the retinue to be multicoloured as I wanted them to stand out so I decided on grey. Because my SIL lives in Australia I decided that the bridesmaids and mothers could wear any grey they wanted, they could buy off the rack or have it made, it could have another colour with it as long as the predominant colour was gray. My boy BFF had to be on my side of the retinue so to differentiate him from the other guys he wore a grey shirt while they all wore white shirts and we had grey ties and yarmulkes made for them.
As an aside, despite living on opposite sides of the world and having absolutely no contact with each other, my BFF and my SIL managed to find two unique outfits in the exact same material and shade of grey!
My dress was made for me by the same women who made my mothers bridesmaids dresses 28 years before. It was adapted from a picture I found. In retrospect the only change I would make to it would be to have one button on the coat.
So without further waffling, here are some of my favourite pics!
Todays Female2Female blog challenge!
What colours would your wedding be/was your wedding? My bridesmaids wore grey and the groomsmen had grey ties and they wore grey yarmulkes but the venue was decorated with daisies, lots and lots of daisies in every colour, and every type of daisy, regular house daisies to Barberton daisies.
Scrubs or Greys Anatomy? I have to choose?? I suppose Scrubs but Greys comes in a close 2nd!
Do you pick your battles? Or do you fight for everything you disagree with? Or do you let it all go? I tend to fight, its knee-jerk. I do try to pick my battles but Im a Leo, hotheaded and impulsive.
Bar One or Whole Nut? Bar One
Where is your favourite holiday destination? Drakensburg. Love the peace and solitude of the mountains.
High School Musical or Cinderella? Cinderella
You are buying a new house what is the one thing the house must have? A modern kitchen with a place for a kitchen table to eat around, also a rumpus room for the kids to go wild in.
Spring or autumn? Spring
Have you every skinny dipped before? Yup, was so much fun, almost got kicked off the kibbutz for it!
Yoga or Kata Box? Yoga
If you had to study what would you study? I always wanted to be an archeologist, if I had the time and the money I would go back and study.
Yes, I said Citi Golf, not Lamborghini, not Porsche, not a Ferrari, not even an Audi, no I said Citi Golf.
It really doesnt matter what you do to the engine its still a Citi Golf!
When you round a corner and slow down to a dead stop to rubber neck at an accident people are going to hoot at you. Especially if it is a busy road and they cant get past you. Especially f there are 3 cars behind them, all anxious to get home.
Moving off at a speed of 10km/hour and then continuing at that pace while pulling zap signs and making obscene noises is beyond juvenile.
Get a life and grow up!
Oh, and while we are at it, turn your cap the right way round and pull your pants up!
They are moving far away but not too far.
They are making the great trek to Cape Town!
Im really really going to miss them. We see them every week. We go to movies together. We are family!
Im really really going to miss them.
We have Skype, Twitter, Facebook and the good old telephone so we will be in touch all the time.
Did I mention Im really really going to miss them?
I am so happy for them, they are making a move for the better, better lifestyle, better jobs.
So, to Megs and Ash, good luck! Have a safe journey. Lets us know how the drive is going. Think of us often.
Love you guys!
Today we take a stand!
Last week, shocking revelations concerning the activities of the ANC Youth League spokesperson Nyiko Floyd Shivambu came to the fore. According to a letter published in various news outlets, a complaint was laid by 19 political journalists with the Secretary General of the ANC, against Shivambu. This complaint letter detailed attempts by Shivambu to leak a dossier to certain journalists, purporting to expose the money laundering practices of Dumisani Lubisi, a journalist at the City Press. The letter also detailed the intimidation that followed when these journalists refused to publish these revelations.
We condemn in the strongest possible terms the reprisals against journalists by Shivambu. His actions constitute a blatant attack on media freedom and a grave infringement on Constitutional rights. It is a disturbing step towards dictatorial rule in South Africa. We call on the ANC and the ANC Youth League to distance themselves from the actions of Shivambu. The media have, time and again, been a vital democratic
safeguard by exposing the actions of individuals who have abused their positions of power for personal and political gain.
The press have played a vital role in the liberation struggle, operating under difficult and often dangerous conditions to document some of the most crucial moments in the struggle against apartheid. It is therefore distressing to note that certain people within the ruling party are willing to maliciously target journalists by invading their privacy and threatening their colleagues in a bid to silence them in their legitimate work.
We also note the breathtaking hubris displayed by Shivambu and the ANC Youth League President Julius Malema in their response to the letter of complaint. Shivambu and Malema clearly have no respect for the media and the rights afforded to the media by the Constitution of South Africa. Such a response serves only to reinforce the position that the motive for leaking the so-called dossier was not a legitimate concern, but a insolent effort to intimidate and bully a journalist who had exposed embarrassing information about the Youth League President.
We urge the ANC as a whole to reaffirm its commitment to media freedom and other Constitutional rights we enjoy as a country.
*Words by Sipho Hlongwane
This weeks challenge from Female2Female is a to post a picture of friendship.
Im often the one behind the camera and in fact am very camera shy.
The photo I picked is from my wedding, its Paul and me and our retinue just after the ceremony , the retinue was made up of friends and family and the funny thing is the ‘family’ are also friends and the ‘friends’ are also family, thats the only way I would have it.
I found this on Meli’s blog and thought I would give it a go…
The idea is to look at this list of 99 things you could have done, and bold the ones that you actually have done!
1.) Started your own blog
2.) Slept under the stars
3.) Played in a band
4.) Visited Hawaii
5.) Watched a meteor shower
6.) Given more than you can afford to charity
7.) Been to DisneyWorld
8.) Climbed a mountain
9.) Held a praying mantis
10.) Sang a solo
11.) Bunjee jumped
12.) Visited Paris
13.) Watched a lightning storm
14.) Taught yourself an art from scratch
15.) Adopted a child
16.) Had food poisoning
17.) Walked to the top of the Statue of Liberty
18.) Grown your own veggies
19.) Seen the Mona Lisa at the Louvre
20.) Slept on an overnight train
21.) Had a pillowfight
22.) Hitch hiked
23.) Taken a sick day when you’re not sick
24.) Made a snow fort
25.) Held a lamb
26.) Ran a marathon
27.) Went skinny dipping
28.) Rode in a gondola in Venice
29.) Witnessed total eclipse
30.) Seen a sunrise or sunset
31.) Hit a home run
32.) Been on a cruise
33.) Seen Niagara Falls in person
34.) Visited the birthplace/home of your ancestors
35.) Seen an Amish country
36.) Taught yourself a new language
37.) Had enough money to be truly satisfied
38.) Seen the Leaning Tower of Pisa in person
39.) Gone rock climbing
40.) Seen Michelangelo’s David in person
41.) Sung karaoke
42.) Seen Old Faithful erupt
43.) Bought a stranger a meal at a restaurant
44.) Visited Africa
45.) Walked on a beach by moonlight
46.) Taken a ride in an ambulance
47.) Had your portrait painted
48.) Gone deep sea fishing
49.) Been to the top of the Eiffel Tower
50.) Gone scuba diving or snorkeling
51.) kissed in the rain
52.) played in the mud
53.) Gone to a drive-in theater
54.) Been in a movie
55.) visited the Great Wall of China
56.) Started a business
57.) Taken a martial arts class
58.) visited Russia
59.) worked at a soup kitchen
60.) sold Girl Scout cookies
61.) gone whale watching
62.) gotten flowers for no reason
63.) donated blood, platelets, or plasma
64.) Gone sky diving
65.) Visited Nazi concentration camp
66.) Bounced a check
67.) Flown in a helicopter
68.) Saved a childhood toy
69.) visited the Lincoln Memorial
70.) eaten caviar
71.) pieced a quilt
72.) stood in Times Square
73.) toured the Everglades
74.) been fired from a job
75.) seen the changing of the guards in London
76.) Broken a bone
77.) Been a passenger on a motorcycle
78.) seen the Grand Canyon in person
79.) Published a book
80.) Visited the Vatican
81.) bought a brand new car
82.) visited Jerusalem
83.) had your picture in the paper
84.) Kissed a stranger at midnight on New Year’s Eve
85.) visited the White House
86.) Killed and prepared an animal for eating
87.) Had chickenpox
88.) Saved someone’s life
89.) Sat on a jury
90.) met someone famous
91.) joined a book club
92.) got a tattoo
93.) had a baby
94.) Seen the Alamo in person
95.) Swam in the Great Salt Lake
96.) Been involved in a law suit
97.) owned a cell phone
98.) Been stung by a bee
99.) Swam in the Black Sea
36 out of 99…. not too bad…
When I was in Israel at the WIZO seminar I met a lovely lady from the UK delegation, she also happens to be an ex-Saffa and a wonderful lady. We have kept in contact on Facebook and today we when we where having a chat she mentioned that she was going to be participating in the AVIV Challenge in April. She will be going to Israel for a while to live and work on one of the projects that WIZO raises funds for. In order to do this she needs sponsorship and is almost half way there.
Please take a look here for more info on Darcy and the AVIV Challenge and to see if you are able to help her out.