Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge – Letter I

This week’s Fun Photo Challenge calls for photographs that begin with the letter I.

Ibises are a species of bird that have long legs for wading and are often seen in wetlands but also in forests and on grassy plains.   Their bills are decurved and in South Africa we have five species of ibis.

2011-10-16 Bald Ibis by Earl

Bald Ibis


Hadeda Ibis

Ibis - Glossy - Strandfontein

Glossy Ibis

Ibis Sacred 2 West Coast National Park

Sacred Ibis

031 Spoonbill

Although it does not have a de-curved bill, The Spoonbill is a member of the Ibis family



Share Your World 16 October 2017

Here are my answers to this week’s share your world by Cee

If you had to move to a country besides the one you currently live in, where would you move and why? 

I am perfectly happy living right here is South Africa in spite of its problems. There are plenty of negatives, crime being the one that heads the list. But quite honestly the positives are so amazing that even if  I could I don’t think I would move.

I actually believe that I could be happy anywhere in the world. Every country has it’s pros and cons but if I HAD TO leave my first choice would be Australia. I like the people, the weather and the beaches.  Everything works, there is very little poverty and the people are relatively law abiding.  Also there are a huge number of South Africans living there already so I would feel right at home!

Keep calm and go to Sydney

My next choice would be Greece or Italy because of the weather and the food.  mmm – Yes – Maybe Italy would be my first choice!

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What color would you like your bedroom to be?

My bedroom will never be the colour that I want it to be.  The Earl is far too practical and likes neutral shades.  I would love to paint at least one wall blue or red.

Keep calm and paint a red wall

Maybe not too practical for a beach house?

What makes you Happy? Make a list of things in your life that bring you joy.

Many, many things make me happy but to be specific the following top the list:-

  • My husband
  • My kids
  • My grandkids
  • Spending time with friends and family
  • Travel
  • Eating breakfast outdoorsIMG_1877
  • Holidays in the bush
  • Spotting a leopard in a tree2010-10-12 004 Leopard in tree Helen
  • Birds visiting my feeder
  • Seeing birds in their natural habitat
  • Visiting game reserves.

I am going to be blissfully happy for the next three months because we’re trekking up north to visit the Kokstad Clan, collect our new caravan and visit the Kruger National Park.

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

In preparation for the Great Trek I had to go to Cape Town for a week to shop, attend a function and catch up with family and friends.   I really appreciate everyone fitting us into their busy schedules.   We had a fantastic time.


Breakfast at Pastis with the family


Share Your World 9 October 2017

Here are my answers to this week’s Share Your World from Cee

What do you consider is the most perfect food for you? (It can be your favorite food to something extremely healthy.)

I think I’ve mentioned before in my blogging that a good South African braai is my favourite meal.

I also love anything Greek – Roast lamb Greek style is to die for, Moussaka is irresistible and if spanakopita is on the menu, I’ll have it!


Are you focussed on tomorrow or now?

I believe in savouring the moment and living each day as if it’s your last.  But also enjoy planning for a future event like a holiday.  Part of the fun is getting ready for the coming event and if it’s to go somewhere new I do research what to do and what not to miss.  I do not stick rigidly to a plan though.  I enjoy spontaneity and going with the flow.

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If you could interview one of your great-great-great grandparents, who would it be (if you know their name) and what would you ask?

This is the domain of my youngest brother.  He enjoys researching the ancestors and finding out about what they did in the distant past.  I love hearing about it from him but he has not managed to go too far back.

I have no idea who my great-great-great parents were. They would have lived in the 1700s. Were they peasants or lords?  Some would have lived in Greece, some in Italy. Then there’s the British and German ancestry too.   Perhaps it would be nice to hear from a  great-great-great grandmother. There would have been sixteen of them!   In those days I believe women were seen as being inferior to men and that their sole purpose was childbearing. Perhaps they were subservient to their husbands – perhaps they or some of them rebelled against that and were in fact the real rulers of their homes.  Certainly they had no civic rights and probably did not attend school.  But perhaps they were educated at home?   It would be fun to find out whether they had dreams or aspirations of doing more than becoming a wife and mother or perhaps they were content with their lives and just got on with what had to be done.  I can’t believe that all my 16 great-great-great grandmothers had fabulous lives but perhaps some did.  Perhaps they were beautiful society ladies who attended the king’s caught regularly.  On the other hand perhaps some were parlour maids or cooks in grand homes and worked hard just to keep body and soul together.

They were certainly all from different countries and would not have been at all like each other.  It would be fun to get them all together now to say – Hey -look at your descendants – would you ever have believed that this is how things would work out for them?

Hopefully it will be easier for my descendents to find out about me and get to read my blog!





Stream of Consciousness – Save/Safe

Thanks to Joey from Joefully Stated who is hosting Stream of consciousness this week.  The prompt words are Save, Safe or both

Save was a word I heard plenty of times when I was a young child growing up.  Don’t eat all your sweeties today, save some for tomorrow.   If you want that bicycle you will have to save up for it.   Save was an important concept in those days.  Grandpa saved things that we all thought was just junk in case he could use it some time in the future.  It was not a throwaway society then.  Things were built to last and you saved your old clothes to pass on to others.   Save yourself for that one special person was another mantra that was repeated to me many times by the older women in my family.   Interesting concept in this day and age!

Today SAVE is not such an important word. If it’s broken, we throw it away and buy new.  We spend our money because why save when it won’t be worth too much in the future.   There’s no room in smaller, modern houses to save the junk Grandpa might be able to use later.

What was less worried about was safety.  Children were free to play alone and unsupervised.  Teachers did not stand at the gate while children waited for parents to collect them.  At six I walked to and from school on my own.   Nobody thought it was unsafe!  I climbed the mountain with my siblings and cousins and spent hours unattended by adults on the beach.  Was it safe Who knows?  Strangers did talk to us and we spoke back, gave directions or helped them carry groceries.   Instinctively we knew who and who not to trust.   I rode the train alone or with siblings or friends of similar pre-teen age.  I walked home alone in the dark in my teens – nobody thought it wouldn’t be safe.   The world was different then.  By the time I became a young mother I would not dream of leaving my pre-teen child unattended on the beach.  She was taught stranger-danger from the time she could walk!  Save was a concept but not as much a when I was young.   My kids know to save money but other things?  I don’t think so.

And as far as teaching them to saving themselves for that special person?   Well – the choice is theirs – I never mentioned that kind of saving but certainly I did teach them to be picky, take precautions and above all BE SAFE.


Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge 3 October 2017

This week’s Fun Photo Challenge needs the letter g

It’s an easy topic this week, thanks to Cee.   Being a wildlife enthusiast I have a few Gs that I can think of.

24 December 2006 100

Green Pigeon

121 Double banded sandgrouse Male Helen

Double-banded Sandgrouse

Flamingos flying-001

Greater Flamingos

May Holiday 105


Night Heron (2)

Night Heron

2010-10-02 024 Giraffe Earl

A G Post would not be complete without a Giraffe