Cee’s Black and White Challenge – Numbers

Here is my contribution to this week’s Black and White Challenge from Cee


Boat Club Registration Number for taking part in competitions

2010-10-10 003 Cardinal Woodpecker Helen

I’ve been knocking and knocking but nobody answers


A Stop along Route 62 – Western Cape


Yes – every fisherman agrees!


The Weekly Smile 82

I am joining Trent’s Weekly Smile challenge this week.

I had a lot to smile about this week.

My first smile is something I’ve been smiling about for a few weeks actually so I’m including it in this post.  My handsome husband is now a Cover Boy!  He appeared both on the cover and on a centrefold of Ski-boat Magazine.   One of his friends quipped that it’s sold more copies than Play Boy this month!


My Cover Boy holding his magazine in our local store


Earl and Willie on Kiora

I smiled this week when I was invited to join a group of ladies at my friend Sarah’s for tea.  Back in Cape Town it would be unusual to find the majority of the company speaking Afrikaans but here the English speaker is in the minority.   I chatted away in my second language and smiled when I was complimented for doing so.  They were ALL prepared to swap to English for my sake!    Dankie dames vir julle vriendelikheid. Ek het die oggend so baie geniet.  

Bly Kalm

The next thing that made me smile was a visit from my darling daughter.   Since she was very little she’s been a whiz at doing jigsaw puzzles.   After breakfast on Saturday she decided that she’d buy a big one to do over the weekend.   She mentioned this to our host at the coffee shop and he disappeared only to reappear with one he had stowed away – “If you don’t finish it, I’ll come over and do it next week,” he said.  The picture was most appropriate – I keep telling my daughter to kiss the frog to find her prince but she refuses to do it!


Getting started on the 1000 pieces!


Almost done – Willie will have to come over to finish it because I am useless at puzzles.

I smiled again when some Cape Francolin visited my garden.   They were not shy of us at all and seemed to say thank you for the seed we put out.


When guests come calling you have to feed them


Relaxed enough to show their affection in front of us!

And finally I smiled when The Earl suggested we go away to warmer climes for a couple of weeks.  “Where to?” I asked thinking a northern game reserve would be nice. But we’re heading that way in November and he had other plans.  “How about a tropical island?  The Maldives, Seychelles,  Malaysia or Thailand?”   We decided on Thailand and we leave next Saturday – I have a very big smile on my face!

Thai Massage

Very much looking forward to something like this!



Share Your World 24 July 2017

Here are my answers to this week’s interesting questions from Cee

List some of your favorites types of teas

I am addicted to coffee.  But I try not to drink too much so actually I drink more cups of tea than coffee.   Anne over at Something over Tea has encouraged me to be more adventurous in my choices from time to time – but I tend to stick to a South African favourite – Rooibos Tea (Red Bush Tea)  It is made from  the needle like leaves of a bush that grows in Cedarberg mountains of the Western Cape. In most South African homes when you are offered a cuppa you’re asked your preference – Rooibos or Ceylon?   It is not a true tea but you brew it in the same way as you would Ceylon tea.   I like it black with a slice of lemon.


A cup of chai 

All about Rooibos

Rooibos is believed to have many healing properties and it is often fed to colicky babies. It is also an ingredient in some South African skin care products.


A variation on my Rooibos may include Chai or lemon and mint flavoured.  I also like cranberry flavoured.   Green Tea is possibly the only other tea I drink.  I never touch Ceylon tea.

If you had to describe your day as a traffic sign, what would it be?

Road sign

I really couldn’t think of a good road sign to describe me so chose this as sometimes I’m so confused!

What are a couple of things could people do for you on a really bad day that would really help you?

My first reaction would be – Leave me alone.  I don’t often have bad days but a few weeks  ago I was feeling emotional and was actually in tears thinking about my aunt who was dying.   My phone pinged and it was my best friend texting me from England.  “Do you want to Skype?”   We hadn’t Skyped in months. How did she know I needed her? She said I’d just popped into her head and she felt she had to call me.  It was just what I needed.

Irregardless of your physical fitness, coordination or agility: If you could be an athlete what would do do?   Remember this is SYW, dreaming is always allowed

I love watching gymnastics and ice skating and that would be my dream skill if I had my life over.

Optional Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up

It’s almost a year since my hubby had his double bypass in Italy.   I am grateful that he is now in excellent health. So much so that he suggested another trip abroad – this time to   Thailand and today we booked!   We will be setting off on 5 August.  How cool is it to be retired!


I am looking forward to preparing for the planned trip.


One Word Photo Challenge – Hippopotamus

This week’s One Word Photo Challenge from Jennifer is Hippopotamus

079 Hippos at sunset dam

A Wallow of Hippo – Kruger National Park – Sunset Dam


Loving the beach! Kruger National Park


We need to talk! Kruger National Park – Sunset Dam


Mother Love – Kruger National Park – Lake Panic





Stream of Consciousness Saturday 22 July 2017

This week’s prompt is Ceiling/sealing

Here is my contribution.

Our original Struisbaai home has had a lot of extensions and adjustments made to it over the years.   Part of our lounge used to be a semi-enclosed stoep (porch)   The ‘roof’ over it seemed to be fine and we didn’t have trouble with leaks or anything and then all of a sudden I looked up and thought – strange it looks like the ceiling is falling down – it was buckled and bulging and didn’t look safe at all.  I pointed this out to The Earl and he said – Mmmm – looks like we’ll have to do something about that – but it’s fine for now.  And so I ignored it. At first it was hardly noticeable but over the past two years it sunk lower and lower but didn’t crack, break or fall down!   The Earl place a stake on the windowsill to prop it us and said, “When we do the next alteration, I’ll have it fixed.”  The plans for the alteration have been passed but building can only begin in two months time.  Hopefully this ceiling will not fall down before then.


Please, Ceiling, don’t collapse before our next extension!