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#ClimateJusticeSaturday ~ Climate Warriors ~ a Film

Hello out there, how are you all, you lovely people? I know we are facing a multitude of challenges currently, but let’s remember to stop now and then and think. To look behind the current and apparent problems towards the ultimate challenge for humankind.

Climate Crisis!

From the few sources that I have read ( European Bank: Spending to counteract coronavirus creates chance to “tilt to green”; Harvard. T.H. Than: Coronavirus and Climate Change, WHO: Climate change and human health – risks and responses. Summary. I gather that climate change increases the transmission of viruses and will cause epi- and pandemics more often.

In the last three months, we have seen how much havoc pandemics can cause. It’s not the economy that has been saving us in the previous three months. It is doctors, nurses, farmers, cleaners… who do. We have also seen that we can do a lot of things differently and that we might not need everything that we thought we might need.

There are solutions out there, and it is time for us to grab those solutions because it is we who do the change. Not politicians. Not corporations. Not banks. We!

On Thursday, I stumbled over a film called “Climate Warriors” by a German filmmaker. It was published in 2018 and gives thoughtful insight into the fight of several climate activists from Germany and the United States. It also gives knowledge about our current energy use and how we are misled by corporations and some politicians. This film shows some solutions, and as a plus, you see Arnold Schwarzenegger vs D. Trump on climate change. 🙂

This film is available on Amazon Prime for free, and you can buy it on YouTube. I could not find any other sources, but I am sure there are others too.

Here is a trailer to give you an idea.

video credit: Fechner MEDIA Production via YouTube

Happy Saturday to you all despite everything!

#Poem on Friday ~ Take Life in Your Hands

Hello out there, how are you? I hope life is treating you well and if not that you have a mug or glass of your favourite beverage and lots of ice cream and chocolate. Yes, I know that is not the most healthy option to cheer oneself up but sometimes it is the only way… 🙂

It’s Friday and my time to post a poem so let’s not talk the day away just go for it 🙂

take life in your hands

choose what encourages you

see the sun rising

Happy Friday to you all despite everything 🙂

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#ThrowbackThursday: Good green news/ Gute gruene Neuigkeiten

June 2020

Looks like some places understood the climate emergency earlier than others:

August 2017

We need more of that!

July 2011

For all who think being energy self-sufficient and grow a green community is not possible: Please have a look at Wildpoldsried, a little village in the south of Germany that changed their ways when they got a new mayor in 1997. He and his officials agreed that “goals should be to build new industry, keep initiatives local, bring in new revenues and create no debt” (source BioCycle) and achieved that with help of renewable energy positive laws and contracts with Energy Businesses that give back revenue. 

Since then they built a new community hall, senior residence, school, gym etc without making any debt. They supported local farms who wanted to heat and produce energy with biogas digesters, organised a district heating network and build 7 windmills so far. All homes are equipped with solar panels and they got a natural wastewater treatment plant. All things that many critics say is not possible for the whole community. Who wants to know more please have a look here: 

Wikipedia: Wildpoldsried

Ortsansicht Wildpoldsried

By Richard Mayer (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons

August 2017
Wir brauchen mehr davon
Juli 2017
Fuer alle, die die denken, dass Unabhaengigkeit in Sachen Energie und die Entwicklung einer gruenen Gemeinde nicht moeglich ist, sollen sich Wildpoldsried ansehen. Die kleine Gemeinde in Bayern aenderte sich’ als sie 1997 einen neuen Buergermeister bekamen. Er und seine Verwaltung hatten sich zum Ziel gesetzt ” neue Industrien anzusiedeln, Initiativen lokal zu halten, neue Einnahmen zu gewinnen und keine Schulden zu machen” (frei uebersetzt von einem Artikel in  BioCycleund sie haben das mit Hilfe von Gesetzen, die erneuerbaren Energien gegenueber positiv eingestellt sind und mit Energiekonzernen, die fuer zu viel Energie bezahlen, geschafft. 
Seither hat die Gemeinde einen neuen Gemeindesaal, ein Altenheim, eine Schule, ein Sportzentrum ect gebaut ohne Schulden zu machen. Sie haben Bauern, die mit Biogas Anlagen heizen und Energie erzeugen wollten unterstuetzt, organiesierten ein oertliches Heiznetzwerk und bauten 7 Windkraftanlagen. Alle Haeuser sind mit Solaranlagen ausgeruestet und sie haben eine Bio-Abwasser-Anlage. Alles Dinge, die oft als unmoeglich fuer eine ganze Gemeinde kritisiert werden. Wer mehr wissen will, moechte doch bitte hier nachsehen:
Wikipedia: Wildpoldsried
Photo of Brainy Quote by Helen Keller

Really, Herr Cummings?

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you and yours are well. I also hope that you can keep up the good spirits in these times of heightened tension.

I wrote this post a day after Dominic Cummings did his statement in the Rosegarden of Downing Street Number 10 on May 25th, 2020. I was angry and needed to let it out but decided it might not be a good thing to post it directly. I’ve re-read the post and think it’s still important to post it. Because it shows a kind of behaviour of often (but not always) white nationalist men, who think they are better than others. I also feel that this sort of behaviour plays a role in the George Floyd case in the US.

Image by Sumanley xulx from Pixabay

But it’s also the kind of thinking of Bolsonaro in Brazil, Putin in Russia, Orban in Hungary, Modi in India, die AfD in Germany… you name it. I start to believe that we are lead to concentrate on our own countries racist problems that we oversee it is a global problem. I think we need to ask: “Why is the racist plague again spreading everywhere? While a the same time the countries of the allied forces praise themselves for having defeated Nazism in WW2. Why now? What are the roots of this kind of thinking? And what are these people gaining from spreading hatred between people?
And no, I do not think of conspiracies. I see a world-wide trend and wonder why it suddenly has so much appeal to some people even though we are more connected than ever.

But now my thoughts about Herr Cummings’ actions and his explanations from last week:

I watched the press conference Dominic Cummings held on Monday in the Rose garden of Downing Street No 10. And I felt for the umptieth time that we somehow ended up in a bad horror film.

What we are experiencing not only here in the UK would have been considered science fiction or Dystopia when I was born 50 years ago. No self-respecting democratic government would have so openly disregarded democratic principles like many governments do now. Yes, people with right-wing political views always somehow got away with it more than those who leaned towards the left. Well, at least in Germany. But every single government would have made sure to look like they at least care a little for their populace.

What am I talking about?

Two British newspapers (The Guardian and The Sunday Mirror) investigated where Dominic Cummings had disappeared at the end of March. He is the chief advisor for PM Boris Johnson and was head strategist for the Leave EU campaign in 2016. According to these newspapers, he went with his family from London to Durham in the North of the country. That is a distance of about 260M/418KM. Britain had already been under COVID-19 lockdown a measure that he had supported and advised the Prime Minister to implement. Supposedly, both he and his wife showed signs of having COVID-19, and they took their 4-year-old son with them.

More and more information came to light, and more and more people called for his resignation. So he (or someone) decided to invite journalists to a press conference in the rose garden of Downing Street. Usually, only heads of state do press conferences there. Also, in the British democratic system, political advisors are supposed to stay out of the limelight.

If all this would not be bad enough, he made clear he did not regret this trip, nor would he apologise or resign. And I haven’t even mentioned his supposed reasons for this trip.

Please consider for a moment the situation: Britain is in lockdown. Hundreds of Covid-19 patience start to die from the illness. Family members are not allowed to be with them when they are dying. Only a few people are allowed to funerals. Many single parents still have to go to work because they are in low-paid jobs which usually can’t be done from home. They are not allowed to drive anywhere to get help from family members for their childcare.

The British public was told to stay at home to safe the NHS from being overwhelmed. No one is allowed to go to their second homes as to not to bring the virus to less affected places and overwhelm the NHS in more rural areas. And most of the British public do as they were told. A huge sacrifice. So many can’t see their family because they stay away to keep their vulnerable family- members safe. So many can’t celebrate births or mourn together when they lost someone. No one is allowed to go to the beach or other beauty spots to not spread the virus.

Image by J Garget from Pixabay

In this situation, Herr Cummings gets a call at work from his wife, who tells him she is showing signs of a COVID-19 infection. Some time later, he shows similar signs. So they decide to take their young son, make a 260M/418KM trip up to Herr Cummings’ parents. They stay in a house on the estate of his parents. Later they make a day trip to a nearby castle and return to their London house. All that time the press had wondered where Herr Cummings was.

In my opinion and not only mine, Herr Cummings behaviour is outrageous in itself. But then, on Monday he started to explain why he made all these trips. And it gets worse.

According to Herr Cummings, his family was not safe in their London home. I am not sure what the threat was, but as far as I can see, neither he nor his wife informed the police and asked for protection.

So, they decided to go and hide at his parent’s estate in Durham even though they have family living in London. Also, there is a volunteer group helping parents who are supposed to self-isolate and have no one to take care of their children if ill.

They have COVID-19 symptoms, and as far as I can see, these can get serious in no time at all. If that happens, you certainly can’t drive a car. We assume they stopped at a petrol station to go to the toilet. According to my husband, their Discovery might be able to make the trip without having to fill the car up. With COVID-19 symptoms, we also assume they are spreading the virus. Have I mentioned that he is considered a specialist in pandemics who supposedly has warned successive British Governments to prepare?

When in Durham, they use the health service for their son. Remember no one in the UK was supposed to use the health service outside of their usual home. Later they make a trip to a nearby Castle because Herr Cummings wanted to find out if he can see correctly to make the long trip back home to London. Really? You go for a drive with your wife and child to find out if you can see correctly? I think maybe social services should visit them and find out if the child is in good hands. Supposedly all this was done to keep their son safe.

Then he went on to complain that the media is spreading lies about him. That from a man who instigated a campaign that riddled with lies against EU immigrants and the Eu itself.

And if all that was not enough the so-called Prime Minister said that Herr Cummings acted according to his instincts as a good father and we should move on now. Herr Cummings still has his job and has not apologised.

Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay

So what do we conclude?

If you are Boris the Butchers mate you can do whatever you want no matter if you set the rules for the people or not. The rest of us have to do as the government says not as it and its aides do. If we follow our instincts as parents, we can break the law and then move on. We can also endanger our children to find out if our eyesight works. Anyone who got fined for breaking lockdown rules can get their money back. Or so we hoped. Yes, I am confused too.

I know there are many more facets to this story that I haven’t even considered. There are also many more conclusions you can take from all of this. But I need to leave it there.

I had promised myself to be positive on this blog. I had promised myself to be kind and understanding and to learn from those who are not on my side of opinion.

But I feel, I need to talk about this outrageously hypocritic behaviour because it is wrong. And I am so enraged that I could start a revolution. So I better leave my anger somewhere safe.

Thinking of it now, another of my conclusion is: we are at a crossroad for humankind. Will we stay in ancient tribal behaviour or grow up and work together to overcome the challenges ahead. And I start to wonder if concentrating only on our countries problems is part of this tribal behaviour. Maybe we need to think bigger. Maybe thinking bigger will give us the hope that helps to keep going and throw out all “-ist” behaviour. And create a world where all are safe and live a meaningful life.

All these conclusions do not answer the questions I asked at the beginning. For me, there are more and more questions, and unless we start asking them all over the world, we won’t find an answer nor a solution.

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

Finding Common Ground on #GoodNewsTuesday

Hello peeps, life is strange. That is one lesson I have learned in my nearly half a century of life.

While many take part in the social media black out to support black people in the US, I felt I need to share a black man’s mission that is controversial to say the least.

Today I want to share a TEDx talk by Daryl Davis. He is a jazz musician who played with Chuck Berry and other famous people. But the reason why he is controversial is his mission to find common ground with members of the KKK.

He has managed to bring some of the KKK members to leave the organisation with befriending them and finding common ground. It is utterly unimaginable to me how someone can have the strength to be so open-minded and curious to get close to people who are so hateful.

But I also believe that this is the only way to change any rift between humans. Please make up your own mind with my Good News Story for this week.

video credit: TEDxTalks via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

Brainyquote Image with quote about music by Jean Paul

Come Away With Me to the Netherlands & Beating Cancer

Hello everybody, how are you rolling? I hope not off the sofa because you had too many snacks or pasta :-). My weight is still ok. Currently, I am basically living on natural yogurt, dried and fresh fruit, vegetables and the odd piece of bread and potatoes. Chemo-side effects can be quite filling if you get my drift.

Later on today, I am going to have my second round of chemo, and I am not looking forward to it. The first one was definitely easier to deal with because I did not know what’s in store for me. Now, they say the first is the worst, and if that is true, then I’ll be absolutely fine. However, I had a chat with the oncologist, and he mentions something that the side-effects might get worse.

So who to believe?

Who knows. I just roll with it 😉

Video Credit: University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust via YouTube

The above video shows quite well what I have been told how to get about having chemotherapy and what side-effects I might encounter. However, we are at different times, so some things are different at the moment. I have to take my temperature in the morning and in the evening, and I have to call the Acute Oncology Department in my hospital if I have a temperature under 36C or over 37.5C because both can indicate an infection.

Everything today goes through a phone call first, and they try to avoid patients having to come to the hospital. So anything that can be dealt with via the GP’s should be done via the GP’s. And I can’t have anyone with me while having treatment because of the virus.

But now to something more positive 🙂

Let’s come away to the Netherlands, a country that I know a little as I used to live in Germany at the Dutch border. When the European borders opened in the early 2000s, it was heaven for me because we could go over for a coffee or do some shopping which in some cases was cheaper than in Germany. I started to learn Dutch because I thought it would be an excellent opportunity to learn another language and actually use it. But I didn’t get far. I am currently using my time to learn it again via Duolingo.

video credit: Amsterdam calling via YouTube

We usually went to places closer to the border for our shopping but I thought it might be more interesting to have a look at Amsterdam which is definitely worth a visit.

I have travelled the canals on boats with friends. No that’s not us but gives you a good insight on what that means.

video credit: Bert Vermeer via YouTube

Traveling on canals is a beautiful way to relax. You absolutely have to slow down, and if you do not have steering duties, you can literally let the world go by. You can see a country from a totally different angle, and if its a country that is built on canals like the Netherlands, you can often stop smack bang in the middle of towns and cities and enjoy everything you usually have to do by car. Absolutely gorgeous.

And we had a look at the sights like Fortress in Bourtange

Video Credit: Wilco De Jonge via YouTube

This video gives you a good insight into the area I used to live. It is lovely if you like it flat and wet 😉 . The fortress in Bourtange was one of my favourite places to go on a Sunday afternoon and have a cup of coffee and take some pictures. However, that was just at the beginning of the digital revolution, and no mobile would have made any good pictures. Amazing how far we have come in the last 20 years.

The artist that I have chosen isn’t a new one nor one that isn’t famous. She had a couple of hits in Germany around the time I was leaving for the UK. I used to listen to her all the time.

Her name is Anouk, and she sings in English and in Dutch. I find her voice incredible, and her straight-talking lyrics often make me laugh. But they are not for soft-spoken people. Just to warn you 😉

video credit: Anouk via YouTube

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday June 8th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Belgium. Find out about interesting musicians from Belgium on the Medium.com Page: 5 world famous Belgian musicians you should listen to

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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#GoodNewsTuesday: Dozens of Bikers Visit the Lemonade Stand of the Girl Whose Mother Helped Them One Year Ago

(Maybe I need to listen to the wisdom of this nurse… I definitely needed a “Good News Story”)

Hello out there, how are you? I hope you are well and if not feel a mug of your favourite beverage coming your way. No matter how bad you feel currently: You will find a solution to your problem!!!!

Today I share a story from 2018/19. In September 2018 nurse Daryn Sturch helped bikers who were involved in an accident. A year later, her daughter had a lemonade stand, and they came along to make it an incredible experience.

The reason why I chose this story is what her mother said: My big takeaway is that I really want people to step back and understand that we can look differently, talk differently, dress differently, have different interests… but just because we are ‘different’ doesn’t mean that we don’t share the same core values,” Sturch said in a statement shared with Fox News. “It’s about respect, love, kindness, and the desire to serve others.”

We need so much more of this attitude!!!!!

Please follow the link underneath the video if it doesn’t play here on the blog

video source: RTV6 via YouTube

This post takes part in “Good News Tuesday” inspired by JoAnna on “Anything Possible”. I found this story over at the Good News Network. Please head over to both and find more uplifting news.

Happy Tuesday to you all despite everything!!!!!

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Come Away With Me to Latvia & Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear people of the blogosphere. Have you missed me? I missed you but had to take it easy last week. However, I still kept sending out my blessings to you daily, and hope you and yours are well.

I am a little more than halfway through the first cycle of chemotherapy and am feeling much better than last week. After I got my non-lady-like side effects back under control I started to help a little in the garden and did some housework too. That seemed to have brought my energy levels back up, and prompted me to start blogging again.

Still, I can only do things for a short while and then have to rest. That is now fine by me. In the first week after chemo, I felt rather useless. Now I think, that’s just part of the parcel. I feel incredibly grateful for the NHS and its staff. They are doing an incredible job in these strange times and have been there for me whenever I needed them.

So far, my hair is still on my head. I have no mouth sores just my gums are sort of rough. I wash my mouth with a light salt solution a couple of times a day as I clean my teeth after pretty much every meal or snack I have. The inflammation that stopped me from starting chemotherapy in April is gone, but I am still taking antibiotics. So all in all I am grateful that there are not too many side effects (yet). More is for sure to come but I deal with it when it arrives.

So, shall we get away for a little to Latvia?

Latvia is the middle country of the three small countries on the Eastern side of the Baltic sea. It is bordered by Russia to the East, Estonia to the North and Lithuania in the South. According to Wikipedia, it has a very high standard of living and its governments take democracy seriously.

It was ruled by Russia, Sweden and Poland over many centuries but German aristocracy seemed to have executed the rule. In the late 1980s the so-called “Singing Revolution” gave way to the modern democratic state of Latvia. So strange I can’t remember hearing about it then. But I guess Germany was pretty occupied with its own throwing out of communist rule. I can remember though the human chains all along the little Baltic countries. Sigh. Where is all that hope gone from those days for a better world?

I’ve found you a couple of videos that give an overview of Latvia. If they do not play on the blog, follow the links underneath to their YouTube location.

Video credit: Mojo Travels via YouTube
Video credit: Deutsche Welle via YouTube
Video credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

The band I have chosen today is not entirely unknown to the West. Prata Vetra or BrainStorm as they are also known were the first Latvian band to take part in the Eurovision Song Contest. I think they did quite well. They also won some accolades at the MTV Music Awards and even played at Glastonbury some years ago.

The reason I chose them are the lyrics to this song:

Copy right: Brainstorm via YouTube

In the dawn/ Na Zare

via LyricsTranslate

No-no, I know already, I know that my youth is gone. Now I can only recall. And I remember: then, in youth, I didn’t feel happy. It seemed vice-versa: everything was difficult, they didn’t understand me, they didn’t hear me, but now I know that I was happy then and there. But I didn’t know it then. I wanted so much! I was waiting for something! And it seemed to me that I heard something calling me… The voices are calling me in the dawn! The voices are calling me in the dawn! What was I waiting for? I was waiting for the amazing destiny, unique life. I wanted to feel everything, to try everything as soon as possible. I could walk down the street, see my reflection in the shop-windows and hope that I would be loved anyway, that I am awaited for. Also I could dream till morning and feel tremblingly that it will happen soon, this morning, very soon… very soon… And there, in my youth, when I looked at the morning mist above the river while coming back home through the sleeping city, it seemed to me always, or more exactly, I was sure that they called just for me… just for me… The youth is gone… But life goes on… It gives us the happy moments, but sometimes tries to destroy us… Many-sided, many-faced life… Ten years later we’ll realize again that we were happy, but didn’t notice that… It’s necessary just to appreciate it here and now as it is… Life is a happiness itself..

This song just expresses so much of how I feel recently.

Find out more about Latvia on the Camels & Chocolate Blog. And Image Earth Travel offers some stunning photos not only from Riga.

Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday May 25th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit the Netherlands. Find out about interesting musicians from the Netherlands on the Culture Trip Page: 10 Dutch Musicians You Should Be Listening to.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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Something Powerful For You

Hello out there, remember you rock!!!! Please never forget that you can manage anything life is throwing at you! Yes, you can!

I have allowed myself some downtime in the last couple of days. While I do not have massive side-effects (yet…), they are still taking their toll, and I have promised myself to rest when needed, no matter what blogging plans I have.

This morning though I was listening to a song that I love, that gives me hope and makes me cry every time 🙂

I believe besides Love Hope is the most powerful thing in the world and that is why I want to share this song with you today:

Woyaya – Wiyala

Please check out this incredible and versatile singer from Ghana which I discovered at the beginning of 2020.

Wiyaala on Wikipedia

Wiyaala’s Homepage

Wiyaala on Circumspecte

Lyrics

We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

We will get there
Heaven knows how we will get there
We know we will

It will be hard we know
And the road will be muddy and rough
But we’ll get there
Heaven knows how we will get there
We know we will get there


We are going
Heaven knows where we are going
But we know we will get there

Woya ee woyaa yaa (repeat till fade)

Happy Tuesday despite everything!

Image of Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen

Come Away with Me To Denmark and Beating Cancer

Hello out there, dear readers, how are you doing? Don’t worry if you aren’t coping that well. We all do at times. That is just the nature of life, I guess. But know you are in my thoughts and prayers and I believe you can manage anything life throws at you.

I have been a bit quiet in recent days and am behind my planned blogging but that is fine. On Monday 11th May 2020 I had my first chemotherapy session which was ok. For the first couple of days I felt well and kept doing what I had planned. But then I got some trouble a lady doesn’t speak of so I spare you the details.

Let’s say I wasn’t at my best and let myself rest and recover as much as I could. It’s hard. I never realised how much I need to learn to take good care of my body. So many things to think about when you have chemotherapy anyway as your immune system is stressed. In COVID-19 times it’s even worse. But the best husband and I decided to take care but not to overdo it.

The weather is beautiful, so I try to go outside daily and do a little gardening. Currently with a pair of gloves under the gardening gloves to avoid any cuts that might get inflamed. I love to pull out weeds with my bare hands to have the feel of the earth (unless its thistles or nettles) but don’t at the moment, and it feels slightly weird. But hey ho, here we go. It won’t be forever, and I will be able to get my hands dirty again.

Unfortunately, for you, my brain is a little boggled with all the chemicals in my body, and that is why today’s “Come Away With Me” is a bit boring. We are in Denmark, a place I have visited a couple of times and love, but that story will have to wait for another day.

The music I am sharing is an artist I have shared before, and I love her music. Her name is Agnes Obel, who creates very atmospheric and experimental pieces of music. I needed to get used to her style at first but am now a huge fan. This song is from her new album and is called “Broken Sleep,” which many of us might be experiencing at the moment.

copy right: Agnes Obel

And if you want to know something about travelling in Denmark please check out Cyranny’s blogs. They are a joy to read and gives you lots of insights into Danish life.

A Turtles Journey

Cyranny’s Cove

And if you rather like to see some videos about Denmark check these out:

video credit: Denmarkdotdk via YouTube
Video credit: Rick Steve via YouTube
Video Credit: BBC Travel Show via YouTube

Happy virtual travelling!!!!!

Image of Little Mermaid sculpture in Copenhagen
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Come Away With Me 2020 Musical Challenge Country for Monday May 25th, 2020

I am taking a rather random route around the world, but sometimes it makes sense. Next week we are going to visit Latvia. Find out about interesting musicians from Lativa on the LastFm page Latvia.

As for the suggestions to take part:

  1. Join in! No matter where, when and with what. You missed the first week? Don’t worry. Just jump in when it suits you.
  2. Send us the link! The ping-back option does not always work so please leave a link in the comments of the post on the day you take part. Or leave it at the “Come Away With Me 2020 FB page
  3. Tag your post either with ” Come Away With Me Musical Challenge”/ #CoAwWiMeMuCh” / “Come Away with Me 2020 Musical Challenge” o/“CoAwWiMe2020MuCh” / . You can also use these as hashtags for Twitter and other Social Networks to give your post more exposure. If you add #blog and #music with your hashtags it will get you more readers.
  4. No matter which music or country the prompt favours you create with it whatever you please. This is supposed to be a fun challenge and no chore.
  5. I post a prompt for the next week with every “Come Away With Me 2020 post” I write.
  6. If you like, use this picture for your readers to find the posts.
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Just one more thing before you go: The hospital that is treating me is fundraising for a dedicated breast cancer unit which would allow same-day diagnosis and better premises for patients and staff.

Please, if you can spare a little money hop over to their Just Giving Page and give as little or much as you can. Or share the page on your social media. Your support means a lot to me! Thank you very much.

Thanks my dears, for staying with me until the end. I appreciate your presence. Please stay safe, stay kind and remember that you rock!

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