So here we are. Saturday again. Another seven days has passed and what have you achieved? For me I can answer very little. We had only one Open Home last Sunday and the hoped for offer hasn’t yet materialised. My Real Estate friend arrived home on Monday after visiting Peru and Bolivia and we spent the day in catch up. Oh and buying her a new laptop as her one eventually gave up the ghost after about 8 years. Tuesday as a day spent on database entering – boring but necessary. Wednesday was good – we went to pick up Major the Afghan Hound from his breeder some 70 kms away. So we made a day of it, having lunch at a little restaurant where we sat outside in the sun and listened to the river while we ate. Thursday -at the hospice and Friday doing somemuch needed rubber gloving at home.
So now it’s time for Six Word Saturday –
And if you want to play along all that’s necessary to participate is to describe your life (or something) in a phrase using just six words – click on the picture on the left or click here for more details.
Here are my six words –
NO MEN ALLOWED AT WORLD PREMIER
This was the banner headline in the weekend edition of the newspaper. Apparently a local museum is to host a video display of Muslim women without veils. What has raised the blood pressure around here is that no men will be allowed in to see the exhibition. As you can imagine this has raised a protest from various sectors of the community as well as lots of interested and interesting comment.
The work is by Qatari writer and film-maker Sophia Al-Maria. It is called Cinderazahd – For Your Eyes Only and features members of her family getting ready for the wedding of a cousin and shows them without their veils. According to a NZ Imam “It would be inappropriate for a male stranger to see a woman without her veil, even in her own home”.
The wearing of veils by Muslim women has been a topic of conversation here for some time, as mostly we don’t understand this custom. A spokesperson for the Islamic Women’s Council of New Zealand explained that a veil or headscarf moves the focus away from a woman’s appearance to her inner beauty. She went on to say that the veil says to the world ” I don’t want to be judged for the way I look but rather by my intellect, my character and my personality.” This then forces us to look beyond the facial attraction of a woman.
The Museum Director has apparently discussed the fact that men will not be allowed to view the video with the Human rights Commission and he is comfortable with showing the video with the restriction on men. A spokesperson for the Human Rights Commission has said it advised the Museum that there was “an arguable case” for discrimination based on gender under the Human Rights Act. However, the Commission cannot act until it receives a complaint from a member of the public.
Somehow the Race Relations Commissioner has also become involved. He is quoted as saying it was up to the museum to decided whether to display the video. “If there is a complaint we will explore it” he said. Although how sexual discrimination falls into the spere of the Race Relations Commission is not clear to me at all.
I am sure that we shall hear more on this over the coming weeks. I know that I shall make the 20 km journey to the Museum to see what exhibition o get an insight into the lives of some Muslim women.
And will we soon see/hear discussion on the many married Orthodox Jewish women who wear wigs in public as a sign of modesty?
SIX WORD SATURDAY – BUT IT’S SUNDAY
After dinner last night I sat down to write my blog. disaster – no Broadband in fact no internet, no phone nada. I couldn’t work out what had happened. I had been using both the internet and the phone before dinner, so what had happened.
A call to Telecom was quickly answered – sometimes we hang on for ages before getting connected, but not this time. A very helpful man checked my line and said that there was a phone off the hook and would I please check. I did this with no change to his reading. He then asked me to go and unplug all the phones and the internet. This done his reading was still that a phone was off the hook. So a technician was booked for today. So apologies – no internet so no blog. The technician did come at the appointed time today and unplugged all the phones and plugged them in again and all came right. Oh the joys of technology.’
What else to complain about? Well yesterday morning when I turned on the computer I was amazed (and delighted) to see just how prolific Lenore Diane had been. I really enjoy her posts, the glimpses into her family life with her boys and those other thoughts that race around that great brain. I counted 23 posts from her. Of course, it was just WordPress having a hissy fit. Only one from was Lenore Diane. But I enjoyed reading all the other posts whoever they were really from. Thank you!
Nothing much has changed today except that she posted only 20 new posts. Are you slacking off Lenore Diane?
And the rest of the Antibes adventure? Well watch this space. It will be continued tomorrow.
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again.”
Bob Feller, American Baseball Player. 1918 – 2010
How quickly the weeks pass and it’s already Saturday again and time for Six Word Saturday. If you would like to participate please either click on the picture above or click this link.
SWEEPING THE PATIO – CLEARING THE LEAVES
At the beginning of my blogging adventures I wrote a post about Gardening and Other Pleasures and bemoaned the fact that I had a tree that dropped its leaves all around the back courtyard. I quickly reminded myself that I should be grateful that I had a back courtyard and the lovely tree to drop its leaves. That was in April.
By May I had the offending tree cut back ( not down because the tree man thought its roots were probably holding up the bank) and I wrote a blog What a Difference a Day Makes about the patio minus the leaves. Now some 14 months on and the tree is sprouting (and has been for some months) and dropping those bl–dy leaves again.
After days of rain when leaves and everything else is damp underfoot, today dawned bright, sunny and dry. And the temperature even climbed up to about 15 degrees Centigrade (about 60 degrees Fahrenheit) so we swept up the leaves again. What a difference looking out the dining room doors now with the leaves gone – until tomorrow or Monday that is. Yes, I am reminding myself again, just how lucky I am to have this pleasant, safe and secure, warm house, a courtyard and trees and of course, my faithful companion Lotte. Not to forget my friend who willingly helps me with these chores.
Leaves have gone
So now the next job is to paint all the brickwork white. As you can see parts of it were white at some stage. And from that post in May last year :
“A man has made at least a start on discovering the meaning of human life when he plants shade trees under which he knows full well he will never sit. ”
D. Elton Trueblood, 1900 – 1994,
noted 20th century American Quaker author and theologian.
- Six Word Saturday (susanwritesprecise.com)
- Why am I raking leaves in July? (ireport.cnn.com)
- Six Word Saturday #13 (motherwifestudentworker.wordpress.com)
It’s Saturday again so here we go. If you would like to participate please either click on the picture above or click this link.
SATURDAY – SUN, RAIN, WIND AND HAIL!
Just a typical winter Saturday in Wellington NZ
I rained heavily through the night. Not that I heard it as I was in a deep, dreamless sleep for about 7 hours. But this morning the evidence was there. All the cars parked in the street were wet!
I got up and made some tea and toast to take back to bed with my book for an hour. Soon I was disturbed by the patter of hail on the roof. That was so strong and hard that it left a white coating on the patio.
Having been disturbed I got up. The hail and rain had gone to be replaced by (almost) gale force winds. They were so strong that the patio furniture was blown around.
And now the sun is shining brightly. So what else will the weather have in store for us today?