The Eagerly Awaited First Glimpse…

S0 we finally got to see baby Cambridge as his parents brought him out to meet the press and the people who had been camped out for weeks to see the tiny bundle.

image via http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/
image via http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

I thought Catherine looked so pretty and fresh(and normal), and really confident with her tiny baby! How she looked so great after the long day before is beyond me, but I did read that her hair stylist was visiting her so clearly she did have some help… I  firmly believe that if your hair looks good, you feel good.(Is it just me or is her hair looking much lighter?)

I would never have wanted to greet thousands of people, let alone the world’s press 24 hours after giving birth, but she carried it off perfectly. William looked so proud-I think his mother would have loved all of this so much!

image via http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/
image via http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/

Looking Back..

In light of the news of the Royal baby boy, I wanted to remember all those years ago when we all waited for the first sight of Prince William and his mother and father on the steps of the hospital.

image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

I can clearly remember the pictures which were taken of Diana holding her newborn son in her arms and wearing that pretty green dress with a white collar…she looked so happy and in love.

image via http://www.biography.com/
image via http://www.biography.com/

Of course, back then we had no internet and had to wait until we were able to buy the newspapers and magazines to see the pictures up close and not just on TV. It seems like 100 years ago….

I think Diana would be so proud of William and she would certainly have been a fabulously glamorous granny!

Its a Boy!!!!!

image via http://thinkprogress.org/
image via http://thinkprogress.org/

The news is in….Britain has  a new Royal Baby boy…how exciting for the British Royal family and the new parents.

The baby was apparently delivered at 16:24 BST at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, west London, weighing  in at 8lb 6oz.

The palace said in a statement that the duchess and the baby were “doing well” and would stay in hospital overnight.

Now all we have to wait for is the first picture…..

Exciting news….

In the spirit of Ramadan and focusing on health and wellbeing, I have started a walking program at one of the Malls close to my home..(and no, that is not the exciting news! )

I am trying to walk for at least 30 minutes a day for now, and hopefully build up to an hour in a few weeks. I have not attempted a serious fitness program since breaking my ankle in 2011 and I am determined to get fit enough to start dance classes again.

image via http://www.cookinglight.com/
image via http://www.cookinglight.com/

I feel  most fortunate to have a very large mall (about 3.2km both ways) to enable us to walk inside because  I find it unbearable to even attempt to walk outside in the heat and humidity. Dodging the shoppers can be challenging but I am determined to get fit and this is the only way I can do it until we are able to exercise outdoors again.

Onto MUCH more exciting news…the Royal Baby is on his/her way!!

image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

As a devoted Royalist, I am so excited to finally find out what  the Royal baby will be…but I guess we will have to wait until the morning! The crowds outside the Palace and the hospital are insane and the vibe in the city must be incredible…

image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

There are even people who have been camping outside the hospital for about 12 days! I am not sure my loyalty to the British Monarchy extends that far, but I can certainly appreciate their enthusiasm!

image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/
image via http://www.dailymail.co.uk/

I have a feeling it will be a little girl….anyone else  agree with me?

Happy Birthday Madiba….

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I grew up during the Apartheid Regime in South Africa and I have vivid childhood memories of the numerous inequalities imposed on the African people in South Africa…at the time I was obviously too young to realise fully what was going on ,but when I eventually moved to the United Kingdom to visit and travel around Europe in my early twenties, it struck me that how we were living in South Africa was not normal….when Nelson Mandela was finally released in 1990, I joined the rest of South Africa in celebration of the end of Apartheid and the start of badly needed change. I stood in line with thousands of other people when we all , the whole rainbow nation, voted for the new government.

I admired the man who became the leader of our new country, particularly for the way that he embraced the whole nation, and for the peace and reconciliation which he represented. He was truly the father of our nation, and we all felt it and still do.

image via http://iappsofts.com/
image via http://iappsofts.com/ one of South Africa’s proudest moments

While the current  government is unfortunately mired in scandal and corruption, Nelson Mandela still stands as a beacon of hope for his people…Happy  95th Birthday Madiba.

Pretty…

image via http://paloma81.blogspot.ae/ via http://www.houseofturquoise.com/
image via http://paloma81.blogspot.ae/ via http://www.houseofturquoise.com/

This caught my eye while reading a few blogs last night- seriously, how feminine and pretty is this decor?

From the washed floor, to the stylish chair and the simple white desk…the balance of colours and textures really appeal to me. I am generally not a fan of “pastel”wall colours, but this all works beautifully!

The rest of the house is also lovely..see it here.

Ramadan Kareem…

Ramadan Kareem to all my Muslim readers and followers…wishing you and your families a blessed Holy Month.

all images via adesigndiary
all images via adesigndiary

Today is the first day of the Holy month and suddenly life slows down for a while! (in theory anyway!!) In reality, it means that due to the shorter work hours (about 2 hours less than normal) we have to try and squash a whole day into fewer hours at work! Our office will be closing at 3pm each day and as I normally stay at work until about 6.30 pm, I will be losing a fair chunk of time.

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On a more positive note, I am going to try and use this time to work on my apartment a bit-I need to update some furniture and hang some more art….I also need to get rid of the existing rug I have. My sister just recently bought a new rug for her bedroom, so she has offered me her old jute rug which I have always loved and which will now be my new rug! We are all about reusing and recycling, let me tell you!

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