From the Collection of the Artist

It’s the year 2113. A major museum is running an exhibition on life and culture as it was in 2013. You’re asked to write an introduction for the show’s brochure. What will it say?



Join us for an insightful evening into  life as it was known in 2013.

A sorry time in human history when time and money had more value than family, compassion and love or spirituality.  A time where very few realized that if you win the rat race, you are still only a rat.

Journey with us through the year that was as we showcase how humans would leave home before sunrise and get home long after sunset.  A time when children spent their formation years with strangers who became “parents” while parents became people, known only in the dark hours of the day, who were only their to discipline and talk about stress and worries that consumed their every thought.  2013 Was a time when “everything” could be bought: love, affection, trust.  Money was seen as the key to happiness and this led to a culture of constantly racing:  to be more and have more than the Jones’.  A time where the human life held virtually no value and respect for self and others became a foreign concept.

Come journey with us and witness the madness that was humanity in 2013.

Some more thoughts on 2013:

  1. To Know Me | clarior e tenebris
  2. From the Collection of the Artist | Geek Ergo Sum
  3. Retrospective Views | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  4. All Roads lead to Metro Manila | Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | likereadingontrains
  5. Dog food. Cat bowl. | weliveinaflat
  6. 24 July Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Family, Photos, Food and Craft
  7. Remembering Humans | Black and White Heart
  8. Agree Or Disagree, They Called It Art | The Jittery Goat
  9. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | George and Nigel
  10. Or, Well, Was, Is | Good2begone
  11. Conflict And Change | Tony’s Texts
  12. History of Mankind: A Tour in 2113 | it writes itself
  13. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | The Daily Post « The Blogging Path
  14. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Welcome to Joshua Montrell Woodard’s Blog Site!
  15. Daily Prompt: From the Collection of the Artist | Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss

Fly on multiple walls

If you could be a “fly on the wall” anywhere and at any time in history, where and when would you choose?

Well there is the day I was born, for one. Further than that? OK, how about the Great Depression? I’m pretty sure I can learn a couple of money saving housekeeping tips from those ladies. You want me to go back even further? How about the day Jan van Riebeeck first set foot in Cape Town and the first Dinner and Dance they held at the castle? What a day that must have been!

Point is, there are so many moments in history that I would love to see happen right there in front of me, but right now I have something else in mind.

Since I was a little girl I have been fascinated by royalty. Not because I would want that lifestyle, no thank you. It all started with Lady Di – her shy smile, compassion for humanity and gentle defiance of the rules and regulations. I’ve always wondered about them, the royalty that is. They are after all only human. They get runny noses and ingrown toenails, they have to shave and use the toilet. I guess if you are born into it like Princes Harry and William, you get used to it, but I still pity them. I mean really, they will never know what it is like to have a “normal” life.

What do they get up to? Do they ever “let their hair down” behind closed doors or are they truly that prim and proper from morning to night? What does the Queen do when she’s “home alone”, apart from the servants and butlers and cleaners and chamber maids and so on. How do they talk to each other? I can’t quite see Prince Phillip go “Top of the morning to ya, man did I have gas last night!” What do they have for family dinners and what do they discuss? Do they ever get take-outs? Do they ever talk about normal stuff like ingrown toe nails? Are the children ever allowed to play in the mud and do they become naughty too? How do they argue or make love – do they have protocol for that too? Do they ever go to the kitchen on a whim to make a cup of hot chocolate and then sit down in front of the fireplace in PJ’s to read a book?

I certainly don’t envy them. Sure it would be nice to never have to do the dishes or laundry again. It would definitely be nice to have someone do the shopping for you and to have a hairdresser and manicurist and personal shopper and massage therapist at your disposal. Would I want to trade my freedom as such for all the benefits? No thanks! I would much rather have my personal freedom and the ability to make my own decisions intact as opposed to having all the luxury that goes with the title. I can choose the spend a Saturday in my PJ’s, eating pizza and watching movies with Luke and Jacques and that is exactly how I like it!

Right now, and for the next month or so, I would simply love to be a fly on the wall in London. I’d love see whether the Duchess of Cambridge also suffer from pre-natal anxiety about her mothering abilities. I’d love to see whether the Duke of Cambridge will go green around the mouth and pass out when the baby is born. I’d love the see that millisecond of a moment when they are reduced to pure human emotion when they first hold their baby in their arms. I’d love the see whether the Queen will pace the halls of Buckingham Palace while anxiously (does she even get anxious?) waiting for the news that the baby was delivered and have all 10 fingers and toes. I’d love to see the Pyjama Drill! Will the Duke and Duchess get up to change nappies and feed baby, or will someone do it for them? That is an integral part of the bonding process, how will they handle that? I think Kate, like Diana, will be gently defiant of the protocol and raise the baby with a sense of “normality”, but I think it will still be a difficult task.

It should be fun to be on the inside of that circle for a while. Perhaps I should check for vacancies? Or better, I could offer to be ghost-writer for the royal baby – capturing every moment in print! Hey, I’ll even change nappies in exchange! Just saying…

Keep out or don’t – this is my space

Who is the one person you hope isn’t reading your blog? Why?

This here site is my playroom so when you choose to enter, you do so entirely by choice.


Until a while ago I thought that The Ex was not reading my blog.  Not that I mind, but I just didn’t think he would care to.  That was until the day I wrote something which was very close to my heart and, the next time we spoke to make arrangements for Luke’s holiday, he mentioned it.  Ouch!  Or not really.  I’m not sure.  We actually had a really nice chat after that, so I guess it’s all good.

I will never say anything on here that is not:

  • a) True to who I am
  • b) Not true about someone else
  • c) I am not prepared to repeat when coming face-to-face with the person / situation I am writing about.

I treasure each and every one of my regular readers and without them, well, my stats would look pretty pathetic.  Quite frankly, if you are here and you don’t like what I have to say, then perhaps you should be reading elsewhere.

If you are here because you want to: Welcome, from the bottom of my heart.  I may not always be kind and sometimes I may say something which will offend you, but after all, I am true to me and that is all that matters.

Here is what others had to say:

  1. Come in! | Vivir, que no es poco
  2. Daily Prompt: Keep Out « Mama Bear Musings
  3. Daily Prompt: Outside | Books, Music and Movies : my best friends
  4. Daily Prompt: Keep Out #photography | ThisCornerOfTheWoods
  5. The Girl I Did Not Write About | Daily Prompt: Keep Out | likereadingontrains
  6. Daily Prompt: Keep Out | Under the Monkey Tree
  7. The Amends Trip | Lewis Cave
  8. Keep Out | Geek Ergo Sum
  9. 9 July Daily Prompt: Keep Out | family photos food & craft
  10. Daily Prompt: Keep Out For Now | Mindful Splatter