December 04, 2018
I have wonderful memories of the family making jam when the peach season was at its height. We had many Yellow Cling Peach trees in our garden and they would yield buckets full of delicious peaches. And this is where my trip down memory lane begins.
On a specific day the family would pick these bucket fulls of peaches and take them to the veranda. There we sorted the peaches for jam or to be laid into Mason jars. The peaches for jam had to be peeled and sliced. Then it was off to the pots to boil for hours. The mason jars and lids were placed in another pot with boiling water. (Here we were only allowed to look and learn with little eagle eyes) Once the jam was golden brown (and cooled off) we could help by filling the jars. Needless to say, we were the sweetest kids on the block... and I mean literally. The "fruits of our hands" lasted us until the next season.
Sybrand and I revived the family tradition when there was quite a surplus of yellow cling peaches in our hometown. On the photo you can see my "handy hubby" doing a sterling job. Note the custom apron: "Nobody is perfect. I am a nobody. Therefore I am perfect." My perfect hubby. haha. Needless to say, we had mouthwatering peach jam for quite a while. It is a tradition I intend to keep on doing. Watch this space.
Please let me know what traditions you still follow at home and send us photos if you have.
Have a wonderful day.Annemarie
December 18, 2018
It is wonderful to share another "feel good" story with you. This time it is from South Africa, a land with a history of racial prejudice.
A young motorist has heaped praise on two Good Samaritans via social media after a punctured tyre left him stranded on his way to Bethlehem in the Free State. The opening line of his post starts with: "You'll never find a beautiful country like South Africa. "On my way to Bethlehem from Potch, I got a puncture and I was driving a friend’s bakkie (pickup), taking some stuff home.
"I was so excited to go home that I even forgot to check if the car had everything, only to find the car doesn’t have a car jack and a wheel spanner," Neville Manchu said in his Facebook post on Friday. ...
December 14, 2018
Looking at the many advantages of traveling First Class vs Economy Class, this story warms the heart even more. Imagine the joy of a mother with a very sick baby, supposed to travel economy class, getting the opportunity to travel First Class because a kindhearted stranger thought she deserved that seat more than he does.
Kelsey Rae Zwick was flying from Orlando to Philadelphia with baby Lucy so she could be treated at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. In a Facebook post Kelsey said she had boarded the American Airlines flight with Lucy, and they were making themselves comfortable when they were approached by a flight attendant.
November 29, 2018
We all face hard times at one stage or another in our lives. And it is very difficult to be positive when you are negative. So why not create a "Gratitude Journal" to help you change negativity into a positive attitude when you need it most? A gratitude journal is a diary of things for which one is grateful. Gratitude journals are used by individuals who wish to focus their attention on the positive things in their lives.