Friday, July 06, 2007

NO RAIN.........YET!

I feel that my life is a little grey at the moment, I feel that I have been living in the shadow of an ARK for what seems like a lot more than 40 days.Will the rain ever stop!
Beauty is an early riser and so I usually get to see the sun rise and I really mean SUN RISE. the day may be overcast and grey but every morning,just after dawn we seem to get a little sunshine which is meant to last us the whole day. Ariel phoned from Kalamaki to inform me that the temperature was 41 degrees there! Well I suppose there are some things to be glad about, I am a typical Celt with red hair and pale skin and I burn easily-for me 41 degrees would be a nightmare.
I went to Turkey one year in May and we had temperature highs of 35 degrees and I found it difficult to cope, we had to carry bottles of water everywhere just to pour over our bodies to keep us cool.
A few summers ago Ariel went to Geneva to stay with friends and do a French language course, it was the summer of the heatwave when thousands died across Europe. It was so hot in the apartment where Ariel was staying that she slept in the afternoons as the nights were so hot she could never manage to sleep then. The children of the Geneva friends had stayed with us for a month to do language courses in Wales and Ariel had returned to Switzerland with them but she wasn't old enough to travel back on her own so I had to go and get her. The temperature was in the 40's and I was so ill I really couldn't cope and it was only a day trip! We had a walk around Geneva and my hands were so swollen with the heat I kept having to stand at fountains and hold my hands in the water. I also visited Anastasia who was also staying in Geneva at the time with her 'in-laws-to-be' and when I got to their house I was so ill that all I could do was lie down. The best part of the day was Dimitri picking me up and taking me back to the airport in the family Smart car, the air conditioning was fantastic.
This journey made me decide to lose weight, I figured that if I weighed less I would have felt better. I managed to lose 4 stone and I am still trying to lose weight but I definitely feel better for the weight loss.

Did anyone read about this story in the news?

Baby survives being buried alive
Indian baby's hand
The practice of female infanticide still occurs in rural areas

A two-day-old baby girl in India has survived after being buried alive in a field by her maternal grandfather in the south of the country.
The baby, who had apparently never been fed, was discovered by a farmer near a village some 150km south of Hyderabad.He said he only spotted her because her tiny hand was sticking out of the soil.Police say they have arrested the baby's grandfather, 52-year-old Abdul Rahman, after he confessed to trying to kill the newborn by burying her alive."I am yet to marry off four daughters and cannot take responsibility for a fifth one, even when she is only a granddaughter," Mr Rahman was quoted as telling police.

SnoWhite has a friend whose mother and father managed to leave China when they realised the mother was pregnant for the second time.
SnoWhite said how grateful she was that she was born into a country where there is no government legislation on how many children you are allowed to have. In China , some families are fined heavily if they have more than one child and their life is made very difficult, even to the point of sterilisation.
SnoWhite feels very strongly about this as in our family she is daughter number 3.

1 comment:

LAA and Family said...

I wish our area would get some more rain! We returned from vacation with our grass having barely grown because it had been so dry. Yesterday was the first day we got a decent amount of rain in a week. I was glad to have a break from watering all my outdoor plants.

What a sad story about the baby in India. I'm glad she was found alive. My husband used to work with a woman who adopted a Chinese girl. They came to visit us. They had made a scrapbook chronicling their experience of going to China to adopt her. It was an amazing story. I think it was CNN that did a story about China's one child policy. I rented it from our library. I was struck by comments from Chinese people who are saddened and disgusted with the policy, and by a woman who defied this in order to have a second child.




An Irish Blessing

(A Blessing from St. Patrick)
May the road rise to meet you,

May the wind be always at your back,

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

May the rains fall soft upon your fields,

And, until we meet again,

May God hold you in the hollow of His hand.