Sunday, 28 February 2010

A humbling reminder in my world of plenty (Dec 26th 2008)

Please go here to Field to Feast and read about Zimbabwe's water shortages. While we may grumble about the food we had to eat, the gifts we didn't get and the general "Bah, humbug" of Christmas, Zimbabwe is without water.

In case you have missed it, they are also dealing with cholera.

Another reality check for us all, I reckon.

1 comment:

TheCrone said...

3 Responses to “A humbling reminder in my world of plenty”
1.molly Says:

December 26th, 2008 at 4:49 am e

And sadly they aren’t the only ones in that position. Now there is Ebola running around too, as if those poor people don’t have enough to deal with!
Sue Says:

December 27th, 2008 at 6:25 am e

I have several friends from this area and their relatives have been coping with deep fear and violence for many years…this just seems to be the icing on the cake. (they refer to mugabe as “mug”)

On a much higher note I have ordered my Fowler’s Vaccola on ebay, joined the throngs at Spotlight and had several wins.
Firstly, I was served by the Store Manager so I was brave enough to point out that I shop there to buy fabric to make bags so that I don’t need to use plastic bags but store policy dictates that my cotton must be wrapped in plastic to confound shoplifters. Sigh. I understand that issue. He smiled and pointed out the new “eco’ bags around the store. Good, I thought and whipped out a simple cotton bag from my handbag and asked if it would be possible to use something like this? “Yes, that’s fine.” In the past I have been saddened to have been handed my purchases swaddled in Plackie!!!I had to persuade another staff member later on that I was “allowed” to use my own bag.

Ok so then I happily mosied along and grabbed 6m of very cheap Christmas fabrics to make gift wrap bags for next yr…reusable ones that is…get the drift?No wrapping paper next yr or the yr after or the yr after that

And then some gorgeous yarns to handknit dishcloths….70% bamboo and 30% cotton……cast on 46-50 stitches on size 5 needles…knit away until square….cast off and enjoy your first unsponge…a gorgeously sensual dishcloth with all your best intentions to do your green bit for us all….it feels lovely and is tough and longlasting. A super handmade gift….I am thinking ahead here.

Ok Enough,
Love what you’re doing….hang in there through the hot times ahead,

Love from Sue
Simply.Belinda Says:

December 28th, 2008 at 11:02 pm e

Hi Crone,

Yeah, these reality checks seem to get more and more serious every year.

It continues to sadden me that even with rising awareness people seem to find it difficult to equate the reality of how their own choices affect the plight of countries that have far less buffer against catastrophe.

Kind Regards

Belinda