Goodbye 2016 – Some positive news – Yes I did say POSITIVE!

Saturday 1230  –  31.12.16

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I am writing this on the final day of 2016 and what a year it has been.  Brexit in the UK, Trump in the USA, the deaths of so many inspirational people, continued Global Warming and the horrors of war in Syria and the Yemen; with apparently only 10 countries in the world completely free of conflict (1). 

So I could have written about any of these but instead I am choosing to write about something Positive. I know ! Radical for me isn’t it…  

I am a supporter of WaterAid an organisation dedicated to bringing clean water to every citizen of the world. 

I recently had some correspondence from them and here is a copy of the front page so you can read this good news for yourselves

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Just read those fantastic headlines – for the FIRST time EVER the percentage of people who urgently need clean water has dropped below double figures to 9% yes that’s NINE PERCENT . Of course that is still way to many but it is proper measurable progress..

Just ONE fact for you –  “Collectively, women from Sub-Saharan Africa spend about 40 billion hours a year collecting water”  (2)  It is a fact that women and girls spend much more time than men and boys on collecting water and wood; between 2 and 8 times as much time. Imagine what they could be doing instead – getting educated, working, keeping healthier because of the clean water and enjoying life more.

Here it is again below –  WaterAid is part of the global push to get to Zero by 2030. It is VERY doable.

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I am very proud to be a tiny part of this. 

You too could be a tiny, but vital part, in making sure everyone in the whole world has access to water.

You see I told you positive news!  🙂  

You can see contact details for WaterAid the UK in the photo above or here – http://www.wateraid.org/uk 

Wherever else in the world you are,  you can help too –  

Go here http://www.wateraid.org/  and hover your curser over the global sign at the top and you will see what countries WaterAid works in, as well as the countries where you can donate or help in other ways.

Also if you google “Increasing access to water” you will find more reading on the subject and other organisations who are helping.

References –

(1) – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/global-peace-index-2016-there-are-now-only-10-countries-in-the-world-that-are-not-at-war-a7069816.html

(2) – http://www.un.org/womenwatch/feature/ruralwomen/facts-figures.html

Your thoughts are very welcome as ever.

I wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Peaceful 2017 .

My New Year’s resolution is to try to perform one Random Act of Kindness every day, even if it’s only a smile to a stranger.

What’s yours ?

Saturday Girl signing off.. 

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Smorgasbord of Wildlife – healing my world.

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Saturday 1366  – 31.05.2014

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On this  Saturday I could have written about how women are still repressed and heavily discriminated against throughout the world. This on the back of what has happened in India with the gang rape and hanging of 2 teenage girls and in Sudan the sentencing to death of a pregnant woman for Apostasy (  supposedly abandoning the Muslim faith. )  Indeed both of these events made me angry and left me with the feeling that for every step towards equality, that women make, there are 2 steps back away from it.

So I instead I was taken back to why I started this blog in the first place and that was to not only write about what I’m thinking but also to encourage me to get out there and experience things on the last 1500 Saturdays of my life ( 1365 left now ! )  

This Saturday 31 May 2014 was spent in the company of my 2 lovely grown-up children Katy and Steven, along with lots of seals and birds.  I’m sure I have said on this blog before how healing I find nature to be and this Saturday was no exception. 

It began on the North Norfolk Coast at Blakeney point which is owned and managed by the National Trust. We visited the 4 mile sand and shingle spit  by boat, to see the seals that inhabit the area and luckily the sun came out for a while which both the humans and the seals enjoyed !.

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This one below is my favourite – contentment or what!

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Oh and these are some of the people watching the seals, who don’t seem to mind one bit with some of them swimming out towards the boats to get a look at the people which seemed only fair !

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On the way home we decided to drive the longer way home down the coast and I said to the kids if either of them saw something and wanted to stop to give me a shout.  Steven did at the RSPB ( Royal Society for the Protection  of Birds) site Titchwell Marsh. To be honest I was a bit tired at this point but had agreed we’d stop so stop we did and thank you Steven we had a great time.. my first time seeing the very elegant Avocets as well as other birds ( and humans – Photos below though it was a very grey afternoon so not all the photos are sharp!  🙂 

Avocets

drops

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Black-headed Gulls ( I love their red legs and beaks)

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The nest of the black- headed gull – in a lagoon with green algae bloom, which I thought rather added to the photo.

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Redshanks.

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Titchwell Marsh leads down to and includes a section of beach and here are some bird watchers with their telescopes down there.  It seems Bird watching is a very serious business of the size of their equipment is anything to go by. !

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 Ended the day tired but de-stressed and very happy. The problems  for women in the world remain but my batteries are now recharged and I feel better able to cope with it.

You can find out more about Titchwell Marsh and the RSPB here >>  http://www.rspb.org.uk/reserves/guide/t/titchwellmarsh/star_species.aspx  and Blakeney National Nature Reserve here  >> http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/blakeney/visitor-information/

If you are feeling stressed ,or overwhelmed with the pace of life , I strongly recommend getting out there and steeping yourself in nature !

I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Saturday girl signing off.

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You can find my photography blog Photomania here  and I’m sure there might be some more photos from here over there 🙂

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