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

003 Full Rainbow at Nossob 2015-03-18 06-39-57 PM 4608x3456

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!



Stream of consciousness Saturday – Green

The prompt for this week’s #SoCS is GREEN.

Well it is St Patrick’s Day today and I’m guessing that’s why we have the green prompt.   I have a few teaspoons of Irish blood coursing through my veins but I have never considered myself Irish!   As a child, I refused to wear green.  I’m not sure why because I actually like the colour.  It was just that whenever I put something green on I didn’t feel right in it.   I do enjoy wearing green now though – Perhaps my complexion has changed and it suits me better than in my younger days.

What comes to mind when I think of green is conservation and nature, Spring and fertility and also of course money and wealth!   It is a relaxing colour – easy on the eye which why I suppose there are so many different shades of green in nature.

At the moment where I live we are missing the green as it is so dry!  Water restrictions mean gardens are not being watered regularly and plants and lawns are dying.  The veld is dry and we are praying for a very wet winter to fill the dams and bring back the green!

In KwaZulu- Natal everything is green. The mountains, the grass, the veld the gardens are all lush and green.  At first when visiting there I drink in all the green beauty but after a while I find it quite nauseating and long for the pinks and mauves and muted shades of  The Cape.

But back to the Irish – they’re certainly celebrating Green today. According to legend St Patrick was once served a small whiskey at an inn.  He told the inn-keeper that a demon lived in his wine cellar and fed off  his selfishness.  The inn keeper changed his ways and started pouring more generous drinks.  So began the custom of “drowning the shamrock.” The clover is placed at the bottom of the glass before the whiskey is poured over it.  At the end of the drink the sodden clover is then thrown over the shoulder for good luck!

Happy St Patrick’s Day to all Irish patriots. st pats


Black and White Challenge – Bikes of any Kind

Last night I saw that this week’s black and white challenge was Bikes of Any Kind.  Oh good, I thought, I have a few in the archives I can use.   We’re away for a couple of days and I was planning to post as soon as I got a chance.  Then this morning we went off on a scenic drive and stopped for breakfast at Diesel and Creme in Barrydale – And low and behold – it was full of bikers!   They were taking a breakfast break from the Buffalo Rally.  What a lot of material they provided for me – and they were quite willing to pose for photos too!  So I’ve abandoned my original plan to post a a variety of different bikes and stuck to the motor cycles of The Buffalo Rally

They gave me so much material but I’ve cut it down to a mere ten photographs!  Apologies!


Diesel and Creme is a popular stop on Route 62


Bikers are always welcome


Diesel and Creme have a collection of ancient things – bikes included


A line-up of incredible bikes


And some more with helmet waiting


Biking boots



A group of bikers kindly posed for me


And allowed me to photograph their helmets


Then they hit the road!