Reflection, a Proper Charlie, Sea(son) Change, and Parakits Squawk

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On reflection, I spent much of the afternoon in fitting two large wall mirrors in the lounge of the main house.  Pictures reflecting that reflection will await a daylight when we are actually home.  I also cleared a courtyard of loads of stone, sand and wood strewn there with gay abandon by the various builders who have tramped their messy way through there over the past several months.

Tomorrow we will be zooting off down the South Coast in the hopes of finding a passport office where one doesn’t age considerably while waiting to be interviewed.  Yes, our passports have given last gasps.


Another bit of reflection came from digging this certificate out of one of the boxes we risk our lives daily to open and explore – yes, there be dragons!  Anyway, this particular placing, which I achieved at the riding school gymkhana where I was learning to ride at the same time as our daughters, was a big deal because it was achieved on Charlie.  I became famed for having motivated him round the cross-country course and over all the jumps in a time good enough to be placed.  You see, it was universally accepted that Charlie had only two speeds:  dead slow and stop.


Today we were not tempted to venture into the waves.  This is what they looked like, a gale has been blowing all day, and it is chilly.  Instead, we breakfasted at a surfing haven.


The mini parakits are thriving, and getting less mini (and more active) by the day.  Here is a rare pause in their activities where they are having a little sister time.

© June 2016 Colonialist (WordPress)

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Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
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15 Responses to Reflection, a Proper Charlie, Sea(son) Change, and Parakits Squawk

  1. Tom Merriman says:

    Nice reflections, Col, and ultra kute kittens! Hope you get the passports OK.


  2. beeblu says:

    Passport renewal – ultra stressful in good old SA. 😦


  3. libraschild says:

    best of luck with the passport thing. am still unable to prove to the bank in sa i exist off my fingerprints, they are demanding i go to home office sometime to sort out.
    Ps i read parakeets instead of pair of kits.
    woefullly far behind on blog land and catching up


    • colonialist says:

      Banks in SA are something else – every time I get them to correct something, after much hair-tearing, they promptly get something else wrong. Now they have switched digits in my telephone number. Should be impossible, but they manage it.
      My horrible puns are at fault for that!


  4. toutparmoi says:

    The parakits are growing fast! When I was their age a year took forever. Now it lasts a week.

    I bought an el cheapo wall mirror recently. Oh, bliss. When installed, I discovered it makes folk look taller and thinner than they are. I call it, The Skinny Mirror. My brother calls it, The Confidence Mirror. Several friends have suggested I might like to leave it to them in my will…
    I think I’ll be buried with it.


  5. Fill every hour with sixty minutes run: your life is full, and I hope rewarding.

    Love those kits.

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  6. klarisabet says:

    “Charlie” reminds me of “Floppy” that was MY steed while I was learning to ride same time as the kids. Floppy was a very large horse that had been in a horse box accident and subsequently had a floppy ear and a tongue lolling out of the side of his mouth. All nervous beginners from 5-50 were put on Floppy because he had the same speed control as your Charlie…but it was while I was on Floppy that the instructor told me I had a “hot seat” because even floppy acted more lively with me on his back {-; Good times.

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    • colonialist says:

      Lovely recollection! Elder Daughter was also described as having a ‘hot seat’ – but she was a bit of a daredevil on horseback. Good times indeed, and I still love a good outride.


  7. Stephanie Haahjem says:

    By your standards, a very relaxing day!


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