just out walkin’


This morning daughter  ‘B’ sent me a text.
“You home, I could phone soon”?
Me: “Yes I am, speak soon :-)”.
Her: “Damn call centre closed – are you on Skype?”
Me:  “No but I can try and download”.
Her: “It’s easy, ok let me know when you are done”.
30 minutes later.
Me: “Still trying, don’t know if I have done it correctly though”.
Her: “Ok I’ll try phoning you”.
(I answer a phone call on my computer which in itself is still weird to me).
Three cheers, we have a one on one conversation which doesn’t cost a cent between daughter ‘B’ in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, and her mother in Melbourne,  Australia.

The highlight of her day? See above. How many of us can say that we have experienced something so special that it makes our heart jump out of its skin? What is on our bucket list that would bring us immeasurable joy? I think for ‘B’ this surely has to be one of them.

Walking with a sloth, that was her special experience this afternoon,. Both of them (hubby ‘E’) went for an hours walk to see a very plain and quite boring Zoo in Bolivia (as one does). They saw Toucans and crocodiles and turtles (I think I would happy to see them, for all I look at is a fly crawling on my window as I type) but not a great deal else. Until they saw a group of people standing around and went to investigate. Now ‘B’ LOVES sloths, her sister LOVES them too (okay I am also very partial).

‘B’ had to have this moment, to be one, as close to nature as possible,  to walk beside him/her. She did say she got some strange looks and other people were taking photos of her doing it, but she LOVED it as you can see by her expression.

Especially this candid shot where she got to hold a baby one.

I have never seen her face light up so much (apart from her wedding day that is).


If only they would – Poetry

If I have to shout it from the rooftops

do not think I won’t

For god’s sake please clean up your mess

or you will be in strife


while you’re at it tidy your room

get those clothes up off the floor

move those mouldy half drunk drinks

or I swear you’ll get what for


has your toilet seen a brush

remove those empty rolls

and while you’re on the spring clean

I’ll be doing a patrol


do you think that’s it’s hygenic

it really isn’t nice, you probably have

dead spiders or hell there could be mice


do you think that you could make your bed

even just pretend, tuck the sheets in underneath

or is slapdash the latest trend


your bath and basin need a scrub

oh and the shower too

and dusting of your furniture

it’s not that hard to do


what about the papers

scattered round the place

do you think they could be neater

or do you need MORE space


vacuum the carpet if you please

if you can find your floor

and take the wet towels off the hooks

that are right behind your door


NO I shouldn’t have to close your door

so that others will not see

you have to learn to tidy up

and not leave it up to me


clear that rubbish from under bed

there’s a wardrobe you can use

it’s built for clothes to hang up

hell it’s even meant for shoes


do I have to tell you twice

over and over again

it’s not that hard to tidy up

I’ve been doing it all my life


how about opening your curtains

you don’t live in an oubliette

why the dark and dismal room

it’s certainly no retreat


when was the last time you ironed

you clothes aren’t wash and wear

or do you like that crinkled look

the one that I can’t bare


how about giving me a hand

or do you want to be a sloth

be nice to have can i help you mum

before I start to froth


maybe your rooms your hiding spot

where your mess can quietly hide

but believe me if you do not clean

I’ll be spanking your backside!