Unexpected places

I have been absent from my blog, as well as your blogs, for some time.

I am spring cleaning heart and home~

oh, and the computer files, too, where I found the first WordPress post I wrote, almost three years ago. I did not publish it at the time  but, considering the topic, now seems the right moment to  give it an airing.

2012

“This year, in August 2012, we celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary.  The weather was perfect and the magnolias were in full bloom. ”

Magnolia Time

Magnolia Time 2012

2015

Next week, we will mark our 33rd wedding anniversary. Hopefully the weather will be perfect again and the magnolias will be as beautiful as they were today.

Magnolia ` at home, August 2015

Magnolia, in soft focus, at home, August 2015

When I was a child I imagined  ( a little) what marriage might mean for me. However, even in my wildest, most outlandish imaginings, I did not foresee an hilariously unconventional wedding in Botswana,

Cutting the Cake, 1982

Cutting the Cake, 1982

and a future 33 years later in New Zealand.

Life and marriage take us to some odd and unexpected places, as some  millions of  users of Ashley Madison are suddenly figuring out. http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/ashley-madison-life-on-the-internet-after-the-adultery-website-hack-will-never-be-the-same-10464950.html  Whilst the number of people searching for affairs is disturbing in itself, also disturbing ( to my mind) is the small group of email addresses linked to New Zealand Government agencies responsible for confidential, private files. If the addresses prove genuine, then I will be worried about our Government’s ability to employ people who are a) honest and b) sensible enough to protect the  personal data we, the citizens, are  constantly obliged to offer the Government.  ( And, of course, in addition  to my  concerns, I am feeling sad for all the innocent people and families caught up in this debacle. )

Whether in a relationship or not, may your days be blessed.

 

© silkannthreades

198 thoughts on “Unexpected places

  1. Miss Lou

    33 years is a fabulous amount of time to be married and is a testament to choosing love and kindness! I read a great book by Chris Chapman called the 5 love languages and apparently we can’t take too much credit for our living behaviour at the start of relationships! Lol

    Feel very sad about the number of affairs seeking critters. Love is a dangerous game for some.

    ML
    Xx

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Sheryl. The travelling part of my life seems like ancient history now. We’ve hardly budged at all in recent years but it’s interesting being in one place all the time, too.

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  2. LaVagabonde

    Happy very late Anniversary. I have been disconnected from the world for the past couple of weeks, so I’m slowly catching up. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Not off topic at all, because with this new flag referendum we find ourselves in another unexpected place. I didn’t think I would ever be in a position of voting for a new flag! I don’t particularly mind whether we change our flag or not, but I really don’t want a black flag or one with black on it. My choice of the four is the red, white and blue, with fern and Southern Cross. We can also choose to vote for the current flag when the referendum is held. I am not sure which way I will vote. Also there is a part of me which thinks the money for this flag issue could have been better spent on other things, like better care for the thousands of NZ children who live in poverty. The current flag works, it’s not broken, so why worry about changing it now. Would you want to change the French flag, on the whim of one particular ruling party in Government?

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      1. Mél@nie

        @”Would you want to change the French flag, on the whim of one particular ruling party in Government?” – nope, no way! 🙂 the French people(nation) are REBELS – by definition & by excellence(LOL!), remember: liberté! fraternité! égalité… 🙂 therefore, no flag change!!! 🙂
        * * *
        🙂 you do know this famous statement:”Je me révolte, donc je suis.” – “I rebel, therefore I exist.”(Albert Camus)

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  3. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    Being offline for such a long time, I’ve missed a lot. But what a pleasure it is to scroll down your home page and bask in the beauty of your posts. You are an artist.

    Seems as if this year has brought illness/weakness to many; I’ve found that when I’m sick, I always treasure my wellness when it’s restored. I also have more empathy for those who suffer full time. May you be back to 100 percent soon!

    Love, Z

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Z, it is a particularly bad flu season here but thank goodness we don’t have any mosquito borne diseases to add to our burden. 😉 Although I am online most of the time, I am struggling to keep up with everyone because, whilst your head is in the clouds, mine is deep in dark cupboards attempting to rid the shelves of clutter. I know where I would rather have my head!

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      1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs

        ha! i have two cabinets to clean in the house but the weather’s been so pretty i keep saying, ‘when it rains..’

        work’s going well, i’m feeling well, and my friend barb is here helping… see you whenever i’m back in cyber world!

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  4. Robbie

    Congrats on your year together!!!! Botswana for wedding-now that is interesting:-) We celebrated our 35th this year, so I can relate to much of what you said..it has been an adventure! I am so different today than I was the day I was married….which is good:-) You take all the time you need to spring clean, I am digging myself out of my overgrown garden. I am not on much either! Hope you have many years more together:-)

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Robbie, I bury myself in my spring cleaning each day, and barely seem to come up for air. How can one house get so laden with clutter! And I haven’t yet started on the clutter in the garden. Thinking of you harvesting and preparing your garden for the coming winter. 🙂

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  5. Leya

    Happy to see you again! – and there was a neverending line of looks at my blog. Thank you. Just keep on doing the inside and out spring cleaning ! That is something everyone should do…more than once. You write it so well and clear. and make it come true as well. For me, it was a good thing to take a year off – as I have done now. The major idea is to try finding myself under all those paperwork and musts. I don’t know if I will succeed, but my home has lost huge amounts of dossiers so far…and my heart has become a little less heavy

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I didn’t realise I had missed so many of your posts! It was good to catch up a bit with your world. I find the clearing out of paperwork very tiring, so I need lots of breaks. I would really like to get everything tidy this year, so that I am free to get on with living. I am glad you are lightening your physical loads, and the weight on your heart, too.

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  6. Mary Mageau

    What a joy to read your post this morning. I’m so pleased your spring house cleaning is over and we do need these breaks from time to time to get everything in order once again. Have a happy forthcoming wedding anniversary. May you enjoy beautiful sunshine, fragrant magnolias and a long life of love and happiness together.

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  7. womanseyeview

    Have a wonderful anniversary – it’s amazing when you reflect back and see how fast time has gone, isn’t it?
    I can’t fathom how indiscreet people are on their computers – don’t they realize it really is all potentially public😳.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      It’s scary to realise how fast time has gone by! And how fast time is still going. 😉
      I can’t fathom people’s lack of discretion either, although it’s probably the nature of an affair, online or offline, to throw caution to the wind.

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  8. leapingtracks

    Many, many congratulations to you both on your anniversary. Such beautiful blooms to mark a wonderful occasion. We had a fabulous magenta magnolia tree in our London garden, which we both cherished – I completely understand your affinity with yours. I am so happy that you have felt well enough to share this precious moment with us, thank you 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Leaping Tracks. On a few streets nearby the Council has planted magenta magnolias. They haven’t yet flowered but it is always a pleasure to drive or walk by them when they are out. My magnolia flowers earlier than many others, which is fine, unless we get a hard frost. We had such a frost this week, and now my blooms are nothing but brown mush. 😦

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      1. leapingtracks

        Oh what a pity – mother nature being so pesky as she can be. What a good job you have so many other beauties in your lovely garden to treasure and look forward to. I can’t wait for the next few months of your posts 🙂

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          I am waiting for my teeny, mini wildflower meadow to flower. That will be fun to photograph, and, hopefully, post about. And this year there may be some sweet peas too. They are looking promising.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Julie. Botswana was a special place for us. I think I would like to go back and see how much has changed and how much is still the same. But I am not entirely sure….sometimes it’s best not to go back to beloved places.

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  9. Tiny

    So good to see you again! Happy 33rd anniversary! I hope the magnolias will crown your celebration. We celebrated our 40th this year, must have married as babies 🙂 So time flies. I smiled at your mention of the unconventional wedding in Botswana, we had a similarly unconventional one in Stockholm….little do we know where life takes us!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Tiny, I look at my photos and wonder why I was getting married when I looked such a fresh faced kid. 😦 The things we do! I think there are a few in our generation who opted for non-conventional weddings, and I can almost say we might not have bothered about marriage except that having the legal paperwork made it easier to travel together. But I am glad we did; just for the memories for starters.

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        1. Tiny

          Yes…hoping to get a new project…in Finland 🙂 Could drop in and see my dad more often…he’ll be 92 in 2 weeks.

  10. cindy knoke

    Happist 33rd Anniversary!
    I think this is the first time you have mentioned your marriage currently. I am reading, “Circling the Sun,” which you might find interesting visa-vis your African nuptuals. I wish you many more years of marital happiness.
    As far as Ashley Madison goes, I feel sorry for these poor fools trying to buy reciprocal lust on the internet. It is just so embarrassing to read what they are seeking. Maybe it’s good that a public discussion ensues because so many people are in denial about sexual issues. Everyone buries it under the rug and under sanctimonious and false public personas. The truth will out. Even if in Mr Cosby’s case it took forty years or more. And his wife is still smiling and by his side.
    So sad.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Oh dear… before I even get to answer your comment you are on the road again. How slow I am! You seem to manage to circle the world in the time it takes me to circle the house. 😀 Happy travels. Have you visited Kenya? My first and only visit was in 1983.

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  11. BEAUTYCALYPSE

    Feels good to have you back in the blogosphere! ❤ I've missed your lovely pictures and the wise thoughts 🙂
    Happy Anniversary!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Nath, thank you. 🙂 I probably won’t be at full strength blogging for awhile because of all the other things I need to do at the moment. But I must say it was so refreshing to be out with the camera again, finding my own little creative space.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      The first photo was taken by my brother; it is the best one. 😉 Our magnolia is very frost sensitive. Usually we have beautiful flowers for a short time and then just as the new leaves appear there will be a ginormous frost which will leave the tree looking very ugly for awhile. Do dogwoods do well in your area? They are lovely trees. I wish I had room for one.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Clare, I am glad you like the magnolia in soft focus. It’s the first photo I have taken in a long while. Underneath the magnolia tree I found beautiful magenta violets but the photos of them didn’t come out well at all. I had a quick glance at all your recent posts but I have yet to go back and comment. I would have run a mile from the harvesting! Or sneezed my head off.

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      1. clarepooley33

        Thank-you for having a look at my posts – don’t worry about commenting (though I do enjoy all you have to say) especially as you are so busy at the moment. I am often disappointed with my photos. I am not skilled enough to know where I went wrong and how to improve things. The magenta violets sound beautiful! Harvesting is still going on! We keep having damp days and they can’t do anything then as the crop might go mouldy.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          The strip harvesting is intriguing. As for the photos, one of my biggest problems is an unsteady hand. 😦 But apart from that I usually can’t figure out how to make things better either.

        2. clarepooley33

          I do sympathise with the unsteady hand! My eyesight isn’t what it was and I often can’t see whether I’m in focus or even if the thing I’m photographing is actually in the frame. I have to delete so many pictures!

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          And I am deleting pictures! I used to keep them all, even in digital form, but I am making a real effort now to only keep the best. At my last visit to the optometrist, I was told I have the beginnings of a cataract. Bother!

        4. Gallivanta Post author

          Does reading until 2am count as straining my eyes? Teehee. 😀 I could also do myself a favour and wear the new glasses which were prescribed for me, instead of hanging on to my old favourite pair.

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      We have been in some fun and some strange places! Even the sedateness of our present existence is rather strange in comparison to our early years. 😀

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  12. shoreacres

    What beautiful flowers, Ann, and what a beautiful occasion you have to celebrate. It made me happy to read your remark that retirement has brought more togetherness, and that it’s a good thing. Not all of my friends have had that experience. 🙂

    I smiled at your comment that you can’t think straight with a mess around you. I’m a bit the same way, although I’m quite capable of overcoming any tendencies toward tidiness and organization if there’s something more interesting to claim my attention.

    Happy spring, and happy anniversary. It’s good to see you posting.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Linda, I am still surrounded by mess and still not thinking straight. 😦 For a brief moment this morning I thought I would have enough head space to write a new post today. Hmmm….it was not to be. When we married, my husband’s belongings fitted into a small trunk. Mine took up two suitcases. In 33 years, one can accumulate an awful lot of stuff. I doubt we will get our possessions back to one trunk and two suitcases, but I am working on it! There happens to be one major problem though….books, books, books, books.

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  13. Clanmother

    Congratulations, my dear friend! This year marks our 37th Anniversary. It has been a privilege to share my life with a joyous, kindred spirit. My favourite thought on marriage comes from George Eliot: “What greater thing is there for two human souls, than to feel that they are joined for life — to strengthen each other in all labour, to rest on each other in all sorrow, to minister to each other in all pain, to be one with each other in silent unspeakable memories at the moment of the last parting?” We are at our best when we support and encourage each other.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      One of my favourite quotes, Clanmother. We are, indeed, at our best when we encourage and support each other and that doesn’t simply apply to marriage, but to all our relationships. 😉 I don’t know if you have had your anniversary or it is yet to come, but I hope it is/was wonderful.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Iris. It’s another lovely day, today. I have the door wide open and am listening to the birds singing their spring songs. Lovely. 🙂

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  14. restlessjo

    So easily distracted by the mention of cake, but I can stay focused for long enough to wish you a joyful anniversary, Ann, and many happy years ahead. 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Letizia. It’s lovely to watch the garden come to life again. I picked a small bouquet of forget-me-nots today. Made me feel light hearted. Is your garden heading into end of summer fullness/harvest?

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      1. Letizia

        I love forget me nots. My garden is alive with flox, roses, hydrangea and just bursting at its seams. The bees are abundant and the birds and wild rabbits seem to be multiplying as I type. It’s been a generous summer and it’s been difficult to keep up with the weeding but that just gives me another reason to stay out in the garden 😉

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Your garden sounds superb. No wonder you want to stay out in it. Weeds run riot in my garden, but as long as they are the benign kind ( ie not convolvulus or ivy or twitch or oxalis) I don’t fuss about them too much.

  15. Britt Skrabanek

    Yay!!! Happy Anniversary, lovebirds!

    Hope your spring cleaning is going well. For me, being away from the blog this summer has been an interesting adventure of the mind, body, and soul. Amazing what we can learn and feel when we take a step back.

    I was catching up on the phone with my dad yesterday and he was telling me about that website. Such craziness!

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Lovebirds! Ha! That was one of our wedding presents; a pair of lovebirds. Actually we were given two pairs. Only one pair has survived. It’s good to take a break isn’t it? But I would rather mine didn’t relate to spring cleaning. The finances also have to be cleaned up, taken to the accountant that is….boring but essential. Sigh….. Yes, the website and the hacker revelations are crazy. There will need to be an awful lot of forgiveness out there to cope with the outcomes.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you, Eve. I would adore a coconut wedding cake. Coconut goodies are one of my weaknesses. Sadly my friend left before she was able to take a photo of my lovely shawl. It will be done, though.

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  16. jennyredhen

    Why were you in Botswana.. did you meet your husband there??? Fascinating. I hope you got over that dreadful flu and are feeling a lot better.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I am well recovered from the flu, Jennyredhen. ( I love your name!) I met my husband to be in England. He found work in Botswana, so I joined him there.

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  17. Cynthia Reyes

    Congrats, my friend, on the anniversary of your wedding day. That’s a real achievement.
    And it is that: what other relationship asks two people to share the same life, the same bed, the same finances, for better or for worse?
    Marriage is not for the faint of heart. It takes work, but it is well worth the effort. I recommend it highly.
    Congrats on your great milestone. Wishing you and your husband many more years of wedded love.

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  18. lensandpensbysally

    Magnolias are one of the beauties that live in the mind, even after they have given us their gifts. Lovely to hear your overarching view of the 33-year relationship and partnership. Congratulations and enjoy the celebration.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Sally. Sadly the magnolia was frost damaged this week, but even so it retains some beauty. It is night here now, but I can still see the magnolia, soft pink in the light of the street lamp. I don’t want to close the curtains because it is such a lovely sight.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Alys I do feel more grounded than I have for a long time. On Sept 4th we will be remembering the fifth anniversary of the 2010 earthquake. For the first time, I feel I can take this in my stride.

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      1. Born To Organize

        Those milestones are sobering. I know we felt it here after 9/11 for years. You never forget, but you do move past the grief and the fear. In many ways, what came after has been just as bad: an unjustified war in Iraq, loss of civil liberties, fear-mongering. I could go on and on. Letting my own politics slide out for a bit I think war in general is unjustified and usually a way to kill the ‘enemy of the day’ while lining pockets elsewhere.

        With a natural disaster, I expect that people pulled together afterward and supported each other. I lived through the 1989 quake here in California and remember how each aftershock sent us into a panic. I can’t imagine the magnitude of your September 4th even. Gentle hugs.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Several bloggers, including yourself, who have been through earthquakes have reassured me that the fear and loss subside, given time. I didn’t really believe it but before, during and after Sept 4th, I remained calm. I could picture myself in the doorway on that awful morning, but without the accompanying fear. I am healing. Thank you for your kind words and hugs.

        2. Born To Organize

          Healing is good. It will never completely go away, but the traumatic feelings subside. Ironically today is September 11th. I teared up listening to just the tiniest clip on the radio. It’s there, just not as raw as it could be.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          I am not surprised by the tears. It was both a personal and a world changing event. Although we were in NZ that Sept 11th, I remember clearly waking up my son and telling him what had happened and that he could stay home from school. Seems a weird thing to have done, looking back, but I suppose most of us were too stunned to think straight.
          We have Sept 11th memorial events in NZ every year, mainly for the firefighters. You may wish to read this post of mine where you will see a piece of the World Trade Center in an unexpected place. https://silkannthreades.wordpress.com/2013/01/27/precious-metal/

        4. Born To Organize

          I don’t think that was weird at all. We want our children to be close where we can protect them when things go wrong. I think your instincts were dead on.

          I’m glad to hear that you hold an event to honor your local fire fighters. I just saw a news clip of one of our own who’s been hospitalized fighting one of two raging fires in our state.

          Though I can’t imagine the daily level of bravery they face, I’m grateful for every one of them. Thanks for sharing your link, above. I’m going to open it now, but will read it tomorrow with fresh eyes. It’s 11:45 pm here so I’m off to slumber.

          Gentle hugs. xox

        5. Gallivanta Post author

          I am grateful to our firefighters too, not just for the brave things they do, but all the little things as well, like helping me install smoke detectors!

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Johanna, it is a lovely time of year for celebrations. Also the spring air is clean still; it’s not yet full of things that make me sneeze. 😉

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  19. April

    I do love the magnolia blossoms, and to have them every anniversary would be wonderful. We usually have rain for our anniversary. As far as having your husband around all the time, I could use some tips. We have a little time before he retires but vacations and long weekends are a bit of a challenge for me at the moment. It may have something to do with he needs a hobby. Oh! I’m still spring cleaning from last spring. 😀

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      April, we had a big frost the other day, and that has really taken the shine off most of the magnolia flowers. Such a shame. But it is lovely to have them each anniversary, if only briefly. When my husband first retired, I did part time work for a while, and he did some short study courses, so there was a transition period. Now we are at home together all the time, almost, but we have a big enough house that we each have our own spaces. Perhaps you could interest your husband in spring cleaning as a hobby. 😉

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      1. Gallivanta Post author

        Not all, Steve. I just haven’t attended to them. They are in my list of comments to be approved and answered. ( I am not good at organizing my online life and can never decide which to tackle first ; reading and commenting on posts or writing my own posts and answering comments. ) Do you suppose one can get an extra anniversary gift for making it to a third of a century?

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        1. Steve Schwartzman

          It may be late to get started for your own third-of-a-century anniversary, but perhaps there’s a market for cards to celebrate the event (for birthdays as well as anniversaries). The money you’d get from selling such cards could pay for the gift you’ve wondered about getting.

        2. Gallivanta Post author

          I see cards(online) for a quarter century and a half century, but not for a third of a century. Perhaps there is a market for other milestones. I do make cards for personal use, but I haven’t made any in a while.Now I have a printer I could have some fun experimenting with cards.

        3. Gallivanta Post author

          Oh my! I have to confess, though, that when our first child was born we had weekiversaries for a while. It was probably just an excuse to eat cake. 😉

  20. Steve Schwartzman

    Your wedding may have been unconventional for you (even if not in Botswanan terms) but the powder blue and pink of your photographs is right in line with the tradition of dressing boys and girls, respectively, in those colors. Once I thought about that, I began wondering how that tradition arose. The article at

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-did-girls-start-wearing-pink-1370097/?no-ist

    surprised me by pointing out that the blue/pink distinction for boys/girls didn’t gel until the 1940s—just in time to have become part of the lives of many people who leave comments here.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Finally, I am responding to your comment! Apologies for taking so long. When I was editing the photos, the blue/pink -boy/girl element was not on my mind at all. I was trying to use the border colours to highlight the brown and pink combination of the magnolia. The blue-pink combo was an unintended consequence of my fiddling with another colour scheme. The Smithsonian article is very interesting.(Real men should wear pink, it seems.) I remember in pre-ultrasound days, yellow or white were considered gender-neutral colours.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Our wedding anniversary day was most pleasant Joanne. Since amethyst is the gift for a 33rd anniversary I took out my amethyst jewellery, polished it, wore it, and remembered when and where I acquired each piece. Instead of buying another amethyst, I made do with the memory gifts from each of the old ones. And, yes, I think we have been blogging about the same amount of time.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Aggie, thank you. We have been married that long but for the first 18 years we didn’t see all that much of each other as my husband travelled a lot for work. We didn’t really know what it was like to be together all the time until my husband retired. Turns out, it’s not too bad at all.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks Lisa. There are more stories to come…..one day. Using the word unconventional was probably injudicious, as the wedding was quite standard in Botswana terms. It was only unconventional to us.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Kerry, I love that the opening of the magnolia coincides with our anniversary. Our magnolia ( the one in the second photo) was a slow starter; no blossoms for years, then one or two, but in recent years it has been covered in flowers.

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        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Thank you, Alys. It is a metaphor that didn’t occur to me as I was writing, but, yes, you are right. The magnolia is also a tree we chose and planted together soon after we bought this house. It is our tree. 🙂

        1. Gallivanta Post author

          Alys thinks so too. And I would agree. The flowers are even a little tarnished from frost damage now, which I guess must mean that, in life and in marriage, we have to learn to cope with all conditions. 😉

    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thanks GP for your patience. I still have a long way to go with catching up with your posts. But spring cleaning beckons me away from the computer, and, then, there’s the garden too.

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  21. Travelling Kiwi

    I hope the magnolias will bloom as hoped. I wonder what flowers bloomed to mark the day 33 years ago in Botswana. I only know Botswana through the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, and I don’t remember much comment on the flowers. Happy anniversary! No matter what flowers come to celebrate the day with you, I hope you both have a happy day.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      I was looking through old photos today and the flower which is most obvious in the photos is a deep pink bougainvillea. I love the No 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency; takes me straight back to my Botswana days. Thanks for the anniversary wishes. I have no idea what we will do on the day; probably something very simple.

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Thank you Pauline. I can smell the freshness of spring in the air. Jack can too and expresses his pleasure by rolling in the grass. Are Siddy and Orlando exhibiting spring behaviour?

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  22. utesmile

    You found some blooms then, those Magnolias are so lovely. Good to hear from you!. Spring clean is good for mind and the house. You really have been around in the world in your life, that is so exciting, you can tell so many stories about the different places you have been. I’d love to sit with you on that beautiful bench in your book and listen to you! With a delicious cup of tea and a slice of one of your cakes. One day I will come over…… 🙂

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      Ute, it is so exciting to see the magnolia blooms open up. And one day you will visit! A friend gave me a lovely tea set a few weeks ago. We will all sit together and drink tea. My oven was out of action for a while so I haven’t baked cakes lately. However the oven is fixed now, so no excuses.

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  23. Tish Farrell

    What a very lovely post, Ann. Am touched that you found time to also catch up with so many of my posts. And a marriage in Botswana – now there’s a tantalising nugget of info for someone as nosy as am 😀

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    1. Gallivanta Post author

      🙂 Ah, yes, Tish, there’s a post or two in the Botswana phase of our lives. I was looking at some old photos today and remembering some good times in Africa.

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