When I woke up ………

April  2016

When I woke up the other morning, I heard church music. Real church music. At 6 o’ clock in the morning. People singing hymns and things. What is going on I thought to myself, have I died in the night and gone to heaven? But it was real my friends. I figured it out later, there is this tennis club about a block away from our house and I think they were having an early morning church service in the hall. I checked with Dennis and he confirmed that I’m not going crazy as he heard it too. Anyhow, while I was just lying warm and cozy in my bed, my thoughts just drifting about, I started to think about life. Don’t worry, I am not going to get all deep and serious here, but I was just thinking about how short life is and how quickly it is just zipping past. I am very fortunate as, touch wood, I don’t have too much to worry about in my life. The one thing I do worry about is that I am going to run out of time and there is still so much to do, so many things to see, so many places to be! Someone said to me the other day “don’t worry too much about old age, it does not last long”. They thought it was a joke but I did not think it is funny at all!

Ever since we got back from our trip to the Cape, we have been hearing sad news about family, friends and acquaintances being very sick and even passing on. Not to get you all depressed, but just about the only thing that is certain in life is that we are all getting older. Yes, even you younger ones. Just wait and see! The clock is ticking for all of us. That is why we have to live our lives to the full. In the here and now. Not for yesterday and not for tomorrow, but for today. Time waits for nobody!

I hope this is me in about 10 years’ time


I have often said that now that I am in my sixties, I am the happiest that I have ever been in my life. I think the reason that we get happier the older we get is that we now could not care less what other people think of us. The only thing that really matters is what we think and feel about ourselves. And here is a good tip: Surround yourself only with people who make you feel good about yourself. People who accept you for who you are, and who you feel comfortable with. People who are happy for you when something good happens in your life. One of the big ironies of life is that we learn these things only when we get older. That sucks! But rather late than never. So the moral of the story is, enjoy every day, these are the best times of your life!

Enough about the serious things! But before I move on to other things, friends, just a quick lecture from Aunty Cecilia: Do your health checks, people!!! When last have you had your mammogram, pap smear, prostate, blood pressure, sugar and cholesterol done? Do it! Don’t wait! Early detection of any health problem is the key to recovery. End of lecture!

I have not done much ceramics lately, as I have been too busy making jewellery and travelling. So recently I got into spring cleaning mode, throwing out some ceramic making stuff and clay that I was positive I would never use again. So it is Murphy’s Law all over again, that just a few weeks later Lesley has started to show an interest in doing ceramic sculpture. And she is soooo good! She is a born teacher and after she graduated has been teaching Physical Science to Gr 10, 11 and Gr 12 at Greenside High for the past 4 years. The school was desperate for a science teacher for the higher grades, and at the tender age of 22 she was thrown into the deep end to sink or swim and boy, did she swim! But recently she has gotten fed up with all the nonsense and mismanagement that is going on in all our government schools, and decided to start her own tutoring business. So she resigned, and set up a lovely classroom in her home, and now after just a few months, she is getting new students all the time and virtually equaling her previous salary, and working only a fraction of the hours she did before. She does not have the stress and abuse that she had to put up with before, and is loving every moment of her new career. It also means she now has the time to pursue her artistic and creative side, and just look what she has done in the last few months:

Sperm Whale with Succulent

Humpback Whale with City

Cupcakes made by Lesley

I have been neglecting my jewellery making recently, life is just so hectic! We are already in preparation mode for our next trip, which happens in only two weeks’ time. We will be away in really remote and dangerous areas for nearly a month, so we have to do serious planning to make sure our vehicles are in tip top condition, and that we have enough food to eat. But I did get to make a couple of pieces that I have not shown yet. I was asked to make some rustic and contemporary pendants to be worn on a long chain, and this is what I made:

Sterling Silver Circles with Copper

Sterling Silver with Labradorite

Sterling Silver with Quartz beads and Copper


Sterling Silver with Picture Jasper

I also wanted to show you what I did with the ammonites I received from India.  They are fossils of ribbed spiral-form shells that lived in the seas millions of years ago.  (Wikipedia is so wonderful!)

My ammonites from India

I wanted to make my two girls each a pendant (or amulet, as we call it) using the ammonites. (From Wikipedia: An amulet is an object whose most important characteristic is the power ascribed to it to protect its owner from danger or harm. ) The amulets had to be rustic, mystical, organic and from middle earth, as we all love fantasy novels, and Lord of the Rings is a big favourite with us (except for Dennis, who fidgeted throughout the whole of the Fellowship of the Ring, so we never took him along again). So after doing a bit of research on the internet (as I will unashamedly admit) I made the following:

Belinda’s amulet

Lesley’s amulet

They absolutely love their amulets and wear them so often, I will soon have to make something else they can wear on long chains. I just have to find the time!

As I said before we will be going on our latest safari soon, so my friends do not get worried if you don’t hear from me for a while.  It will be worth the wait though, I will no doubt have lots of stories to tell when I get back!  I promise, however, to look out for the lions and elephants and hyenas ………..  Don’t worry kids, I do not plan to depart this life soon, too much still to do etc. etc.
So, auf wiedersehen for now …….

10 thoughts on “When I woke up ………

  1. Loved reading your blog Cecilia. Im having a devine cappucciono at Motherland and this was the perfect read to me. Looking forward to more and the earlier stuff xxx

  2. Very deep and profound words Cecelia! Your presentation and layout is top class! Wish you every success and an awesome trip into the wild of Namibia. (So so sorry we cannot make the trip with you all!)

  3. I so love your jewelry pieces! They are just perfect, strike a chord somehow — I would love to do something like that, and have been thinking along the same lines nearly, only now I have to find my own interpretation…
    I love The Lord of the Rings too, have read it maybe 20 times, and once for my boy 🙂 — I nearly know it by heart!
    And I know the feeling of “so much to do still” although I have some time before I’m sixty-plus, but nevertheless I’m of that age when people start to die young in increasing numbers, so to say… And you do have a talented daughter! 🙂 Safe trip!

    1. You are a girl after my heart with your lovely comments Monica, thank you so much! We have also read all the books and were lucky enough to be invited to all the Lord of the Rings movie premieres here in Johannesburg, and have watched all of them many times since! 🙂

  4. Hi Cecilia. Your jewellery is outstanding! ….and yes, life is so short we need to make the most of it. Wishing you a fantastic trip. Hope to get together for coffee when you get back.

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