Photo a week challenge – Nature’s White

This is the brief for Nancy Merrill’s Photo a week Challenge


Here is my contribution

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Looking up on the white clouds from the airfield

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Looking down on the clouds from the aircraft

Our Hut

An unexpected fall of snow – Kaggakamma – Cederberg – Western Cape


Cattle Egret

Pelican-Great White-Strandfontein-swimming

Great White Pelican




Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Rain and/or Rainbow

For this week’s Fun Photo Challenge we’re asked to post photographs or rainbows or rain.   Here is my contribution

086 Braai in the rain

A summer thunderstorm interrupted our braai – “No problem,” said our grandson, Jay. And he stood in his bathing costume to complete the cooking!


Rainbow over the vineyards

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Stormy Rainbow in the Kgalagadi Trans-frontier Park


Share Your World – 19 March 2019

Here are my answers to this weeks questions from Cee

What is your earliest memory?

It is difficult to say what my earliest memory is.  I was born in Cape Town but lived in Johannesburg from age 2 to 5 and my memories definitely begin there.  Something that stands out very clearly is walking down a road with my mother. I am holding onto her as she is pushing my sister in a pram.   I must be three years old.   We’re on our way to meet my brother aged 6 from school.  I see him walking proudly toward us, carrying his little suitcase.   I know I have missed him while he’s been at school while I have had to remain home with the baby and I desperately want to go to school too.   So desperate was I that my parents got me enrolled at age five when the legal starting age for Grade 1 was actually 6! That didn’t turn out well – but we won’t go into that now!

Which way does the toilet paper roll go? Over or under?

It depends on the holder.  Mine works best with it going over.  When it’s the other way it tends to unwind too much.  There’s more control with it winding over.

What makes you feel grounded?

I don’t know.  I just am.   I don’t allow myself to worry about insignificant things.  I concentrate on the positive.

What did you appreciate or what made you smile this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination. 

I appreciated the work done by the contractors who did my bedroom extension, the cupboards that were so expertly built and installed and the painting that was done.   I also appreciated the two days we took to go to the Hot Springs in Warmwaterberg.  It was delicious relaxing in the mineral waters.   I also smiled when I came across a huge crowd of motorcyclists at the place we stopped for breakfast on Friday.  They gave me some great material for photography.


Helmets of the Buffalo Rally bikers at Diesel and Creme, Barrydale



Daily Prompt – Wrinkle

The Daily Post Prompt for 16 March is Wrinkle.  Here is my take on it.

I don’t care that I have a wrinkle here and there.  Okay – so a lot of wrinkles everywhere.  The world is so hung up on being thin, having flawless skin and youth.  I’m telling you youth is over rated.  I was young once and although I thought at the time that life was great, looking back I can’t understand what I was so excited about.  I worked far too hard, had far too little time and went to far too few places.  Hahaha – Right there were other fulfilling things like raising those beautiful daughters, teaching those amazing kids and enjoying some tremendous friends.  There were great times and not so great times.  There was excitement and there were so many troubles to overcome.  But I did it!  And earned those wrinkles.   And now – I look after my skin and my health – not because I want to be beautiful but because I want to be fit enough to enjoy my retirement. And it’s great!  Who cares about wrinkles?  I’m having the time of my life.  I’m free. When I was a teenager I worried about my spotty skin, I wanted more pocket money, more freedom from rules and I wanted to do what I wanted.  Now I’m a retiree and I have it all – no spots (only wrinkles) enough money to spend on myself and time to do whatever I want with nobody telling me what to do.  Well – the kids try but we don’t have to listen!   Wrinkles represent freedom!