Share your world – 22nd October

Share Your World 16th October prompts:

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why?

Italy! Although I cannot speak Italian (but love the way it sounds), I have this romantic notion that I could live in a villa somewhere in Tuscany amongst the plane trees and vineyards.

What colour would you like your bedroom to be?

Purple and shades of purple are my favourite colours. My bedroom is currently a purple and green scheme. Not all the walls are painted with the colours I like though and the cupboards are white. But I really want a proper purple and green look with a grey-green that reminds me of lavender leaves on the walls and cupboards, deep and rich purple accessories and bedding that combines the two. My own photographs do and will continue to provide wall art.

For years, I lived by the sea and my colour scheme reflected the ocean’s colours: sand, white, blues and greens. But I’m done with that and in fact, I am moving towards having my whole house in purple, green and grey-green, with different balances and variations between rooms: some more mauve/lilac and other spaces with darker, velvety rich purple pieces. I fancy a lime green wall in my kitchen too! Variations around these colours essentially.

What makes you happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy

There are many things, and this blog is about looking for Everyday Delights, so I’m going with my top three for now…

  • Spending time with my son, who will soon be leaving the nest and starting on his own journey in life.
  • Walking on the beach or just being near the ocean – breathing space and nothing better for clearing the head! As I write this, I am in Jeffreys Bay for a weekend break. Jeffreys or J-Bay is a world-renowned surfing spot, apparently number 2 on the “best in the world” surfing list. The town hosts the annual World Surf League surfing event at Super Tubes during July. I’m not a surfer, but I will enjoy walking the beaches here.
  • Visiting any of South Africa’s 21 varied and abundant national parks to see wild animals roaming free in their natural environments or to unwind in spaces that are protected natural areas. My favourite one is a local one. Read my piece about it: Addo Elephant National Park: 7 reasons I love the place
Addo landscape

The road to nowhere – Addo Landscape © Deborah Ann Stott 2016

What inspired you or what did you appreciate this past week?  

Without a doubt, it’s my 18-year-old son who inspired me this week. He is in his final year of school and writing his matriculation exams. At prize-giving earlier this week, he was first-on-year for his Grade 12 class and 2017 Dux Scholar (see below for info).  I did not push him to achieve this, he decided last year that this was something he wanted to aim for and motivated himself to work towards. And he achieved it, leaving his mark on the school as he ventures forth into the world. I am inspired by his determination and tenacity.

In schools in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and Iceland, dux is a modern title given to the highest-ranking student in academic achievement “Dux Litterarumin” each graduating year (Wikipedia).

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