Share Your World – May 8th

This entry is part 4 of the series Share Your World

A change of habits.

I am changing my blogging habits for a while.

There’s nothing as good as a change of routine, right?

I’ve signed up to participate in a blogging challenge with a difference. I came across it on Deb’s World, and it sounds fun. It’s called Share Your World and is headed up by Cee Neuner. She posts a few questions each week, and all participants need do is answer them. It’s a cool way to get to know one another. The idea is to answer the questions without overthinking them and just have fun.  I’m looking forward to it. Feel free to join in by copying the questions and then write your answers in a new post linking back to Cee’s original post.

I presume we then visit some of our fellow participants in the blogging challenge. That way we will get to know one another.

So here we go.

When you’re alone at home, do you wear shoes, socks, slippers, or go barefoot?

I usually wear socks and shoes if the weather is cool, and slops (a.k.a. flip-flops) or go barefoot during the warmer weather.

What was your favorite food when you were a child?

Believe it or not, this was bread and gravy mushed together! We lived in what was then known as Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe). Every Sunday we had a roast dinner with delicious home-made gravy. On Monday when I came in from school, my parents would have some of the left-over cold meat with salad and I would have a thick slice of white bread totally swamped with thick gravy. Yummy! My mouth still waters at the thought of it.

Are you a listener or talker?

Definitely a talker. I am married to a listener. Ideal match! I can sit and listen when I need to, but I have to beware of taking over the conversation and talking too much.

Favorite thing to (pick one):  Photograph?  Write? Or Cook?

Most definitely not cook! I enjoy taking photographs but usually don’t do anything with them so it’s a bit of a pointless exercise. Whenever I  have the time (and often when I don’t!) I  you’ll find me at my desktop computer or my laptop writing books or blog posts. I really should do more with my photos as we live in a most beautiful area, 6 minutes walk from the beach. Here’s the view at the bottom of our road.

Optional Bonus question

What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up? 

As a loyal South African I have to say the greatest thing that happened last week was it rained! We are in the midst of a horrific drought, and water restrictions are in progress throughout the land. Our dams are approaching the danger level, where the water will not be suitable for human consumption, and our gardens are dying because we’re not allowed to water them with a hose  – nor can people fill up their swimming pools. So when it rained on and off for several days there was much rejoicing.  Sadly, and typically, very little fell in the catchment areas.

This week, I’m looking forward to a visit from a writing friend, Ruth Dell, and her husband Tony later today. They both grew up in Rhodesia and Tony and I went to the same school.They now live near Johannesburg and we are down at the coast.  So we don’t see much of each other.

We will have lots to talk about. Ruth and I share common writing interests and so we  usually curl up on the settee and hold our own conversation while the men sit and talk sport and politics.  Ruth also does scrap-booking, ,and I make cards. So that opens another area of conversation.

Thank you to Cee for starting this initiative.

I’m going to see if I can persuade some of my S.African writer friends to join this fun blogging challenge as well.

If you are interested in joining this blogging challenge –

just copy/paste the above questions into a new post and answer them. Then put the link for your post here: Cee’s Challenge.




22 comments on “Share Your World – May 8th

  1. I have heard blogging challenges are fun, I haven’t actually participated in any. I don’t like to cook either and I am a listener. Great to get to know you better.

    • Hi Heidi! I’ve done the A to Z challenge twice, and it’s great. This is the first time I have participate in anything like this one though, and I think it’ll be fun. The questions were quick and easy and it keeps Google happy as it’ll be a regular posting. So we’ll see how it goes. 🙂

  2. Hi Shirley – sounds a good blog fest to join … love the look of where you live – take me back to Africa … but we too are in a drought time … but would rather it didn’t rain! Especially now it’s Spring into summer … cheers and see you around – Hilary

    • Hi Hilary, you lived in Capetown am I right? You wouldn’t recognize sone of the dams at the moment. Some are down to 15% full. I don’t enjoy winter rains but we’ll take any now, as long as it falls in the catchment areas! Thanks for the visit.

  3. That’s a gorgeous view you have so close to your house! Lucky, lucky you. And is that your cat sitting on the keyboard there? He (she?) wants you to play instead, I reckon 😉

    • Hi. Thanks for visiting. Yes, our city is very beautiful with many beaches as well as rocky shores. This isn’t actually my cat, but I had an identical ginger Tom who loved to watch the monitor of the computer as well as play pat-a-cake with my Scrabble tiles. (NOT so funny!)

  4. I enjoyed reading this, it’s always interesting to see how we differ. This is not something I will join but I will stop by now and then.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I know this is something I would normally not have participated in, but I was really wondering where to go now with one of my four weekly posts (Monday and Thursday on this site, and Tuesday and Friday on Rise and Soar). When I read Deb from’s post it appealed to me. I have never done anything like this. I enjoyed the first one. Fun questions and easy to answer – an no research which is a boon.

  5. Loved seeing your answers to the challenge. I’ll not be taking it up because of some other commitments.

    I’m a barefooter, too. The moment I’m home, the shoes come off.

    You should do more with photography. I’ve always wanted to, but never made the time. And my current camera is a bust. It has a special battery, which I cannot keep charged. It is so frustrating to turn it on only to have it tell me “charge battery” and turn off.

    I bought a second battery, but that didn’t work well, either.

    Looking forward to seeing your other responses to this challenge.

    • Thanks Judith. It would be cool if you did it too. Many of my photos are taken with my cellphone because it’s all I’ve got with me when we’re out walking.

      • My cell phone is an old flip phone without all the bells and whistles. I really resent my tool being smarter than I. 😉 So I’ve resisted the smart phone for several years.

        What I’d really like is an old-fashioned box brownie camera. But you can’t get film or developing services easily any more. I loved watching Jim Morris in the dark room. He taught me a lot when I was working for the newspaper thirty years ago. But he’s long gone. (Sigh)

        • I love my smart phone now Im used to it, but I’m now due for a “free” upgrade and I keep putting it off as I dread yet another learning curve.

    • Hi Joanna. Yes, we’re blessed. From the moment we knew we were going to spend our life together, Rob and I prayed we would be able to retire near the beach. We couldn’t be much closer without getting our feet wet! Super if you give the challenge a try!

  6. Welcome aboard Shirley, so glad you managed to join in with this one. I enjoyed reading your post and have tweeted it. Deb from

    • Thanks Debbie. Yes, I swapped my normal Monday post (where I was looking for something new) with my Thursday post – and will publish the SYW posts on Thursdays instead. Thanks for introducing me to this challenge. It’s fun and doesn’t involve research!

  7. You live in a beautiful place .That picture is amazing. Do share more Sorry to hear about the water problem.Why did it happen?Deforestation? Do let me know .I wonder why these changes are happening. Interesting challenge.

    • Hi Amrita. Thanks for your interest. Africa is a land of frequent droughts, but South Africa doesn’t usually get it as badly as this year. There weren’t good rains last year, and almost none so far this year. Last week we had some rain, so our grass is starting to turn green again, but how long for? Put that together with the intense heat of summer and the dams start to dry up. We’ve also had a very bad governmental and municipal leadership which means we have numerous water leaks from broken pipes that don’t get seen to immediately, resulting in a huge water loss. It’s all part of living in Africa. But as I said, it’s worse this year than it has been for many years.

  8. Interesting Answers Shirley! I generally go barefoot at home, in fact I prefer being connected to the ground as much as I can. When I walk in the morning I make sure to walk barefoot on the lawn and feel the dew.

    • I love walking barefoot. As a child my Scottish mother used to say the neighbours would be taking up a collection to buy us shoes. 🙂 But you can’t walk barefoot outside much, except on the beach, due to nasty tiny “duiweltjies” (little devils – well named) which are tiny hard balls covered with spikes, hidden in the grass. Also the paving on the paths and pavements (sidewalks) gets burning hot in summer.

    • YAYYY! That’ll be fun. I thought it would give me a break from my normal writing / blogging posts. I like it too because it’s quick and easy with no research needed!

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