Sunday, May 15, 2011

In Closing

The first piece I wrote for Raining Acorns was posted on November 1st, 2009. It was about clearing weeds from my garden on a summer day in Sarasota, Florida. I seem to have come full circle because, although I’m not a frequent gardener, I was in my garden again this morning - this time to plant new growth. Today is also the day that I post my last contribution to this blog. It seemed like a good time to look back at my 31 previous posts.

I went from my steamy garden

to look through my window thankfully as Hurricane Ida passed us by

to (un) Thanksgiving in South Africa

to a movie about a pivotal time in South Africa’s triumphal transition from apartheid

to the dreamy 3D world of Avatar

to a deeply affecting visit to Yad Vashem in Jerusalem

to contemplating “virtual suicide” in the online world

to photographing the magnificent Banyan trees at my neighborhood Ringling Museum

to memories of my father in recounting our experience with a charging elephant

to a stirring stage rendition of Fiddler on the Roof

to describing the efforts made by South Africa to prepare for the first soccer World Cup on African soil

to being “stranded” in London and Paris by ash from the Icelandic volcano

to celebrating my Mum on Mother’s Day

to compiling a list of weird and wonderful May dates

to enjoying South African restaurants

to reporting the highly successful outcome of South Africa’s World Cup preparations

to prowling the Catacombs beneath Paris

to dining in the pitch dark in Amsterdam

to watching whales on a cold and blustery day in Hermanus, South Africa

to Yonika Shonibare’s marvelous display of beautifully attired child mannequins at the Ringling Museum

to a movie about Facebook’s billionaires

to a gorgeous festival of chalk street art in Sarasota

to baking my husband’s Christmas Cake (again)

to marvelling at a rags-to-riches story

to a wonderfully mild and sunny winter in Sarasota

to listing Oscar’s firsts and lasts

to attending a presentation of the search for Angola, a run-away slave encampment on the banks of the Manatee River

to reviewing a fascinating new book about our relationship with water

to finally end up in front of the television set along with millions of people around the world who watched the Royal Wedding.

So much in so short a time! Of course, I haven't been alone in this venture - far from it - in the time between writing this mixed bag of posts I’ve learnt much more than I ever thought I would, through reading and experiencing my co-writers' contributions to our blog – among them a lovely series about contemporary music by Raining Acorns and of course the always wise and witty pieces by Wide Open Spaces.

Now that I am about to close this short but event-filled chapter of my life I realize that I will sorely miss the connection that I felt to my fellow writers and to all the readers out there. I don’t know what I’ll do next but I do know that my life has been enriched through this experience. Until I actually looked back at my posts I didn’t realize how much I had done and how much of this activity was largely due to this blog. Not only did I get out more and do more, I learnt to look at things differently, to be more curious and to listen more intently. My co-writers inspired me through their excellent writing to do my very best to be worthy of appearing with them on Raining Acorns.

I'd like to say to both of them and to all of you out there who took the time and effort to actually read what I wrote and even to comment:

Goodbye and Thank You.


  1. That was very enjoyable to read. It felt bittersweet and the only post I read of yours was the one about the Royal Wedding. I take it for granted this is the right choice for you at this time. You seem a very put-together sort of spirit.

    All best to you in future endeavours.


  2. Thank you, Carol-Ann, for all of your lovely posts. Every one opened a new view of the World for me. Particularly the stories of South Africa.

    Wishing you Godspeed and all things wonderful in the future.

  3. Why stop now? It seems a shame. Can we know?

  4. I don't stop by here as often as I'd like, but have enjoyed the posts of yours I've read... good luck wherever life takes you next!

  5. Hi Carol-Ann .. whereever you go - come back occasionally .. enjoy your writing, gardening .. sounds like you had a great blog theme going - lots of different topics from around this wonderful globe of ours ..

    Keep well and keep happy .. enjoy the break, the time away .. farewell but not for long I hope .. cheers Hilary

  6. It's fun to walk down memory lane with you by means of all the posts you've written. The variety is indeed amazing. And your observation that "Not only did I get out more and do more, I learnt to look at things differently, to be more curious and to listen more intently" strikes a real chord with me. Trying to put words to an experience definitely concentrates the mind. Best of all, writing with such great writing companions has been food for the soul.

  7. Dear Carol-Ann,
    I am really sad that you are leaving! Your posts have always been interesting and wonderful - I will say the same to Sue and Wide Open Spaces, because they were. And I'll miss you!!!
    But first I want to say Thank you for the time and care you put into your posts.
    I wonder why so many people give up after a certain time - there is a reason because you can see it with regularity in blogland - and , what one thinks is subjective, must have a superstructure, I believe that.
    Will you write again? Will you inform us? I hope you let your blogsite remain here.
    And thank you very much again, farewell! Britta


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