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Away, and back.

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We’ve been away to Cape Town for almost a week. When we were loading the car, my SO said: ‘We don’t need to take ALL the laptops, do we? (2 laptops, to be precise…) Because you’re NOT going to be blogging all the time while we’re away, are you?’

I answered (meekly): “Of course not. I need my laptop to download my pics.’

Seriously sceptic look from my SO.

Me (meekly again): ‘I promise I won’t blog.’

SO: ‘OK then.”

So, here I am, still not caught up on all my reading and replying from the previous time – out, and now even further behind…

Why do you put up with it? – I hear you ask.

Because he took me away for a few days. I wanted/needed to meet his brother and sister -in-law, and I sort of insisted on this trip. He kindly complied, and spoilt me rotten while doing so. In return I thought that I could at least give him a blog-free few days, with my undivided attention.

It wasn’t easy, because I did every once in a while quickly check my e-mails, and I could see the posts piling up…

I was not ignoring all of you, and I’m back, and I’m going to try and tell you all about this absolutely wonderful trip over the next few posts.

For a bit of a teaser of what is to come, here is one photograph of our most well-known landmark (I think everybody should recognize it!) – and recently made one of the new ‘Wonders of the World.’ Over the past week I was fortunate enough to see this magnificent mountain from all sides and in various moods, so although the light was a bit foggy and not really conducive to clear and bright photographs, I hope you enjoy this picture of Table Mountain from the ‘Bloubergstrand’ Β side.

Magnificent Table Mountain

 

We started off on Wednesday afternoon, after I spent some time with my elder son to celebrate his 23rd birthday. I will tell you about a couple of very historic towns, and I will get philosophical about family ties over the next few days, so until then, BE BLESSED!!!! πŸ™‚

Contrast

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I found this photograph while looking through some older stuff. I remember liking the contrast of the dead winter grass with the colour of the butterfly (moth?) and I still like it.

Butterfly.

I had a wonderful day, because I saw all 3 my children today. How blessed am I? I hope you all had a great day too, and until we chat again, keep smiling. πŸ™‚

Come into my parlour…

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… said the spider to the fly!

 

I saw this spider’s web very early one morning on the farm and with the minute little dew drops all over the web and the grass, I couldn’t resist taking a picture of this weird spider home.

Paris

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A few days ago my friend TBM suggested I share a few of my Paris pictures, since I’m longing to go there so much and I can unfortunately not do so at the moment.

While looking at the photographs, I cannot believe that we took so few!! If I went now, I’ll probably end up with many hundreds (or even thousands!) of pictures. These were taken in 2004, when my daughter and I went to Europe to celebrate the end of her school career.

Although these pictures are not in any way ‘good’, or artisitic, they bring back a lot of very fond memories, and I gladly share these few pictures with you.

Detail of the Arc de Triomphe

Paris, from the Eiffel Tower

A very happy young South African, glad to be standing at the entrance to the Palace of Versailles! πŸ™‚

The Louvre, of course…

Detail of the Notre Dame

The Champs Elysees at night.

It was a wonderful holiday with my daughter, and we saw a lot, but there are still places we didn’t get around to then, that I would love to go and see.

And Β since Β it is Mother’s Day, I’ve decided to finish today’s post with this photograph of Xandre and myself, both of us in Seventh Heaven because we’ve at last made it to Paris!!

Mother and child. πŸ˜‰ Oh, and Eiffel Tower.

 

To all the mothers out there – have a wonderfully happy Mother’s Day. And to everybody else – hope you also have an exceptionally happy day!!!! πŸ™‚

Through and through…

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Abandoned…

 

Abandoned houses always stir emotions in me. I saw this one today, while working, and even though it was midday and the light was not conducive to taking good pictures, I just couldn’t resist. It had a quietness about it, as if the life was sucked right out of it. Nature was taking back what humans didn’t want anymore…

And since it’s Friday, and I’m quite tired, I’m not going to say a lot. In fact, I’m done.

Except for wishing everybody a magnificent weekend!!! πŸ™‚

Autumn in South Africa

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The weather has been unseasonably warm for this time of the year, but nature has not been waiting for the temperatures to drop. The signs of autumn are everywhere, and apparently it is going to become colder towards the end of the week. I stepped out of our front door, and took a few pictures with some evidence of autumn right here in our yard.

Leaves on the paving

 

 

This next picture is nothing special, but I do like how the leaves just about cover the grass, and the sun shining through the trees onto the lawn.

Leaves on the lawn

 

Leaves that have fallen on leaves! πŸ™‚

 

Green, yellow and brown leaves, all in one tree!

 

Big leaves, and small leaves

 

Rocks and leaves.

 

As with the seasons in nature, there is also something beautiful in every season of life. I don’t know when it is generally accepted for a person to be ‘in the autumn of his/her life’, but if I’m already there, then I can vouch for the fact that there is beauty in this phase of life.

Until we chat again, be blessed! πŸ™‚

Thank you

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This post has been long overdue. I decided that today is the day I’m doing it, so here goes! πŸ™‚

I used to love blogging, and then I stopped for a long time. And then my darling daughter inspired me to try again, and I’m loving it! I’ve ‘met’ some wonderful new friends on this site, and I always look forward to the new posts to see what is happening in their lives, or what they are doing and thinking and aspiring to.

Over the more or less two and a half months that I’ve been blogging again, I’ve been nominated for awards a few times. I have not responded to most of them yet. The reason being that I’m relatively new to this, I don’t follow a huge amount of blogs so it is difficult for me to nominate 7/15-20/? people at a time. I also haven’t had a huge amount of time lately to even just read all of the new posts, let alone try and nominate a select few of my friends.

So, I’m going to bend all the rules a bit. I’m sorry, I don’t think that I’m too important to play by the rules, but I do want to respond and this is the only way I can.

Firstly, thank you so very much to the people that have nominated me for awards, you have no idea how much I appreciate it! I certainly did not expect to be nominated, and to be honest I’m thrilled that you enjoy my musings enough to want to nominate me. πŸ™‚

Secondly, I am not going to nominate the requisite amount of people for the awards, but only the one or two that I feel ‘fits the bill’ for the specific award.

Thirdly, I’m only once going to tell you 7 things you probably don’t know about me yet. Here goes:

1. I love watching sport on TV. My favourite sport to watch is rugby – I can get really excited when watching a game!

2. I don’t have ‘favourites’. You know, as in ‘ my favourite drink’, or ‘my favourite food’, or ‘my favourite colour’. It all depends on my mood and circumstances. Sometimes I love having a cup of tea, other times there is nothing nicer than a glass of wine. Sometimes I can’t get enough pizza, other times a home cooked meal really does it for me. I love wearing black or white, and sometimes I feel good when I’m wearing my bright pink t-shirt. I love natural colours for decorating my house, but love splashes of bright colours too.

3. I am not an animal (pet) lover. We’ve always had dogs, but I’ve never been very hands-on with them – I left that to my ex and the kids to do. I abhor people mistreating animals, and I will never neglect our pets, but I don’t like them inside the house, and I don’t spend time petting and loving them. (Oops, have I raised some eyebrows with this comment?)

4. I love music.

5. I love reading. Unfortunately I don’t have enough time to do that anymore, and blogging has taken up a lot of my reading time lately (but that also counts as reading, doesn’t it? πŸ˜‰ ), but I have read from a very early age, and I’ve got a big selection of Enid Blyton’s that I’m saving for the grand children that I’m hoping to have one day.

6. I don’t make friends easily. I’ve never had huge amounts of friends in my life. It takes me some time to get to know people, and to get comfortable with them, and so I have only a few friends, but they are VERY important to me.

7. I hate dirty hands! I don’t mind getting them dirty when working or gardening, but I need to wash them often. Even when I’m not working, I wash my hands quite often because I don’t like the feeling of dusty, sticky hands. (Does that mean that I’ve got OCD?)

Now I need to thank specific people, and provide links to their sites, and I have to confess that I’ve no idea how to do that, but I’m going to give it a try.

THANK YOU to:

Leanne Cole’s BlogΒ for nominating me for the Sunshine Award, a Thank You Award that she has been so creative and thoughtful to create herself, and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Leanne, thank you for the nominations, and I’m so sorry for taking so long to respond. I love your posts, and I absolutely LOVE your stunning photographs.

May Dayao for nominating me for the Versatile Bloggers Award. Once again May, I’m sorry for taking so long to respond. I love your blog and travelling with you! πŸ™‚ (You are very scarce lately?)

Bird for nominating me for the Green Versatile Blogger’s Award. I think you are an excellent writer and I always look forward to reading your stories, and I love the fact that you are so open and honest about your life and experiences.

Judy: for nominating me quite some time ago for the Hug Award. I’ve thanked her then, but I didn’t thank her in my blog with a link, so I’m doing it properly this time. I love that you are always positive, and your blogs are interesting and beautiful!

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I’ve written and re-written this part of the post, changing my mind all the time, as to how I’ll be able Β to manage this without feeling I’ve let anybody down. In the end I’ve decided to pass each award on to one other person, and I’ll hope you’ll forgive me for this.

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And now, for the 100th time, I have to try and re-write this last paragraph, because Murphy decided to pop up again… I wrote the last paragraph, (perfectly, of course!) and then the changes didn’t want to save, and I lost it.

I’ve been trying to finish this since yesterday morning, and now it is the evening of the 2nd day. It is difficult for me, as you’ve probably gathered by now.

And now, finally I’ve decided that I’m not going to nominate any one/2/3 persons for any specific award, because all my blog friends mean something to me. Some make me laugh, some are always there to support and encourage, some inspire Β me, sometimes one of you blow me away with your wit, or a stunning photograph. I love all the blogs I follow, and I enjoy communicating with you in my way, and that is enough for me. Hope you’ll forgive me for that.

Until we chat again, be blessed. πŸ™‚