Share Your World 20 January 2020

Here is my contribution to this week’s Share Your World from Sparks

Where do you get your news?

I find the news boring and depressing.  In my country it’s the same old stuff repeated many times.  However, it is important to be informed so I sometimes watch “Morning Live” on SABC 2.   I prefer Sky or CNN  on DSTV. 

What ‘old person’ thing do you do?

I am not sure what an ‘old person’ thing is.  Is it doing things the old fashioned way?  Or is it the idiotic things old people do?

As far as the latter is concerned – I forget where I put things and waste a lot of time looking for such items and end up finding them exactly where they’re supposed to be!

The old fashioned way?   A friend, my age, and I were just discussing this yesterday.  She has a special way of making tea and does not fill the cup so there is room for stirring in the milk and sugar without spilling.   I always leave a little bit at the bottom of the cup – I was taught to do this as a child.  I think it was because we made tea with real tea leaves and not bags.  Although the tea was strained some would sneak through and settle at the bottom of the cup.   Sometimes an ancient aunt would ‘read’ your fortune in the tea leaves left behind.
tea leaves

Other ‘granny things’ I do:

  • Keep tissues in my handbag (purse)
  • Say – you’ll understand when you’re older
  • Break into a sixties song if a memory prompts it.
  • I said I never would but I did a really old people thing – I went on a cruise!
  • Is it an old people thing to do crossword puzzles?   My gran did them and so do I. My grandkids don’t get it!

When was the coldest you’ve ever been?   The warmest?

The coldest was when I camped in a bell tent in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in July 1996.  We could not blow up our matress so used it as a groundsheet and slept on the hard, frozen ground.  It was -4 degrees centigrade and even though my hubby and I were fully dressed in tracksuits and snuggled up together, we froze!

The hottest temperature I have experienced was over 50 degrees centigrade in Botswana.  You could not touch the car without wearing gloves.  We had a flat tyre, the Earl did not have gloves but fortunately, we were travelling with friends who did! Sleeping in a rooftop tent in these conditions was extremely uncomfortable!

Do you eat food that’s past its expiration date if it still smells and looks fine?

Yes, I do.  I have never had ill effects from doing so.


If you’d like to, please share some gratitude from your life.   

2019 was an awesome year of travel for us and I am hugely grateful that we were able to see so many amazing places both in our own land and abroad.

IMG_7457 Lower Sabie Campsite 2019-12-07 6-16-21 PM

Caravanning in The Kruger National Park


Our Cruise ship docked at Port Victoria, Seychelles

I am now grateful to have some time in our lovely little home here at the southern tip of Africa.


I never grow tired of my harbour!




4 thoughts on “Share Your World 20 January 2020

  1. Melanie B Cee

    Thank you so much for participating in Share Your World this week! Your photos were exquisite! Such beautiful views in all of them! 🙂 Your ‘coldest’ story might take the prize….BRRRRRRR!!! I got cold just reading about it!


  2. joey

    50C. Oh wow, that’s hot. Oh wow.
    Where I live your cold one isn’t so unusual, but the hot one is unheard of.
    I’ve been working crosswords since I was about 14-15. Is it an old people thing?

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