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A Heavenly Creation

A Heavenly Creation

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Three nice things happened: it was still raining, it’s a bank holiday, we could lie in late, all of which beckoned exciting options, we went out for lunch, we admired a porcelain art collection, I had my first Risotto for the season, sipped my favourite wine in a favourite restaurant and I...


Heaven's Winter Landscape

Heaven's Winter Landscape

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Rain only lifts a farmer’s spirits, those old men who stand on the stoep day in and day out watching the sky. We mere mortals often feel our spirits sagging, songwriters have used the rain as a metaphor in songs for centuries it’s especially relevant when describing love! I prefer thinking...


Vital Attention

Vital Attention

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After a decade our house needs a good paint and there’s no better time for that than during the winter months in the Cape (you’d think not!) In my current mood I’d like to move away from traditional white, cream or winter white and explore something more avant garde. I loved the bright...


A Ceramic Walk In Hermanus

A Ceramic Walk In Hermanus

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The best way to move a mountain using a teaspoon is to start one teaspoonful at a time.  Never in my wildest dreams did I think this challenge would become so "challenging".  One never learns.  Life isn’t a smooth path from start to finish now is it?   My troubles started about on about the...


Winter Walks in Walker Bay

Winter Walks in Walker Bay

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In life we always have choices; it’s that Jing Jang thing, positive or negative, left or right, yea or nay.  After a long relaxed lunch celebrating a friends’ birthday it’s more difficult to make a choice.  Either the long walk or succumb to the heavy eyelids, full tummy and lethargic knees,...


Frosty Friday

Frosty Friday

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I used to love Fridays, the last two have been awful.  This week it must be the misty conditions, although they create a great atmosphere and I know once the sun burns the mist away it’ll be a lovely windless day this one didn’t auger well.  Instead of Fabulous Friday it’s been downgraded to...


A Big Fish In A Small Pond

A Big Fish In A Small Pond

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Today is an EYE CANDY day.  Girls I’m sweetening you up for a real surprise! Nothing like Ginger to make the blood boil and sizzle.   Our home grown export has returned for a visit to his Mama, who’s as excited as can be and he tells me she spoils him rotten, all he has to do is give her a...


Hot Chick Spicing Up The Kitchen

Hot Chick Spicing Up The Kitchen

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Winter food to spice up your life, add heat to your menu with colourful spices, bring out the tartness of Citrus with a saucy pudding, go tropical with a pod of Vanilla and pick up an exotic thread of Saffron.  Wrap up snugly in rice paper and fry up some Spring Rolls.  These multinational...


Autumn Days

Autumn Days

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Sometimes I miss the woods for the trees, that’s how I felt this morning when I took the drive along the banks of the Breë River from Worcester to Rawsonville. For me, Rawsonville has never appealed aesthetically, it’s a cliquey, conservative, one horse town with a shady past and a bleak...


Just Souping It Up

Just Souping It Up

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There’s something to be said for being busy in the kitchen.  It’s the heart of a home after all.  My neighbour walked past my window this morning and made a statement about the gorgeous aromas wafting on the airwaves from my stove.  He was salivating!   I said it’s just a normal day, but it...


Odds And Sods In Macro

Odds And Sods In Macro

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Our annual winter visitor is back, like last year only the one, a huge grasshopper.  I’m always caught unawares by this monstrous critter as he lurks around and  in the most unlikely places, this time he was there glaring at me when I opened the patio door, eyeball to eyeball we were,...


Sundays Springfontein And Stanford

Sundays Springfontein And Stanford

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On a clear day we can see forever, today is such a day.   How lovely to be able to lie in bed with a perfectly brewed cup of Vietnamese coffee and a book.  We decide to venture out to Stanford for lunch, a 20 minute drive along the coast, the mountains on our left and miles of water on our...


Turning A Weekend Into A Holiday

Turning A Weekend Into A Holiday

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An extra day in Hermanus turns a weekend into a short holiday.   Thank goodness I pulled myself up by my winter bootstraps, put the windbreaker on and flung my camera around my neck.  I took off to do a walk along the Cliff path.  It’s a weekend of art in Hermanus and what a delightful surprise...


Mountain Birds Have Voices

Mountain Birds Have Voices

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My best friend, a wonderful woman, accomplished, clever, creative, funny and very intelligent sometimes loses her mojo, she’s not into pitty partying so it’s a flash in the pan sort of occurrence, but it happens when she least expects it.  Her adorable husband folds his arms, stands with...


Bookclubs Are Bookish

Bookclubs Are Bookish

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I’m not a songwriter nor a lyricist, but I’ve got Anne, Sandra, Jocelyn, Valery, Yvonne, Jeanette, Marthie, Esther, Lindsay, Carina, Allison, Barbara,  Emma, Jurie, Marie, Jenny, Pam, Helene, Debbie, Denise, Ann, Alma, Cherry, Maureen, Lorette, Aletta, Will,  Elsabe, Riette and Gerda on...


Putting A Colourful Foot Forward

Putting A Colourful Foot Forward

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Moody, Mundane; it’s Monday!   Blue is the colour of this day, and it’s not for nothing.  To cheer ourselves up we gave it a colour.  I need colour today. Bright and vibrant colour to give this misty, wet day a lift.  Life really is very boring when it’s all wet and grey.  For me it’s a...


A Sunday Drive

A Sunday Drive

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I'm always spoilt for choice when it comes to selecting my favourite photographs for the day.  I am a happy snapper and have an abundance of clicks on my card.  Not today.  Although my eyes were open and I was constantly aware of my surroundings I just didn't get anything "original".  So today...


Wending  Ways Through Baines Kloof

Wending Ways Through Baines Kloof

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It’s raining, it’s pouring, the old man is snoring.  Well not really, it is drizzling, it’s not pouring yet but, the accumulated misty drops on the mountain tops are pouring down the valleys and streams into the rivers which are starting to broil.  The cat sitting in the doorway was haughty as...


Frustrating Friday

Frustrating Friday

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When there’s a knock on the door at 6h45 in the morning you can be sure the day isn’t going to turn out the way you thought.  I was still in my pyjamas when our neighbour banged on the back door.  One of two things, someone’s popped his clogs or, yes, it was no 2, someone had broken into...


Hip-Hopping

Hip-Hopping

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The days of tutus and pirouettes are long gone, little girls don't stand on pointe and think Margot Fontaine is cool, they're into baggy pants, loose long sleeves and their pumps are Nike,  they stomp and jump, jiggle and gyrate and they shake their tiny shoulders to the beat of Reggae as...


Being Contemporary At Dance

Being Contemporary At Dance

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It always surprises me how accommodating people are, especially when they’re passionate about what they do. Today was a first for me. Photographing Contemporary Dance. Exhilarating. Energetic. I had the wonderful opportunity to attend a class of  Grade 12 pupils. ‘Never try to paint...


Just Horsing About

Just Horsing About

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I doubt my English teacher would believe that I still remember the famous poem Horses of the Camargue, strangely every autumn when the wind blows cold I think of the poem and in my minds’ eye I can see those white horses.  The early morning pink clouds were the first sign of the weather turning,...


Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

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Not much to report today, it’s Sunday.  A reflective day.  Coffee filtering through a beard is what I saw, one was ginger and the other nicotine stained, both looked impressive and give the wearer a certain air and character which is out of the ordinary. “I have a beard of fog that I wear...


Sports Days Bringing Back Memories

Sports Days Bringing Back Memories

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We had cravings for fresh produce from the morning market.  En route we noticed a more than usual sighting of Worcester motor cars, one and one made two and we realised it was the annual Inter-School winter sports day at the Hermanus High school.  Worcester Gymnasium was in town For 22...


Inter-School Sports Day Worcester Gymnasium vs Hermanus High School

Inter-School Sports Day Worcester Gymnasium vs Hermanus High School

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 A continuation of just photographs of the U19A Rugby game held on Saturday in Hermanus  ...


Hex River Valley Celebrating Autumn

Hex River Valley Celebrating Autumn

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“Sometimes I do get to places just when God's ready to have somebody click the shutter.” ― Ansel Adams. Today God was on my side. Continuing with a family tradition the South African flag was raised on another perfect day. It’s only when I stand surrounded by the ever present mountains that...


If Not Cabbages Then It's A Landscape

If Not Cabbages Then It's A Landscape

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“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add colour to my sunset sky.” ― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds. Our blue mountains are ringing out tonight. Of cabbages and kings I know nothing but I have pored over black and white photographs made by...


Light Shining On White

Light Shining On White

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“Women think of all colours except the absence of colour. I have said that black has it all. White too. Their beauty is absolute. It is the perfect harmony.” ― Coco Chanel, Chanel  Today is a WHITE day.  I know I have the right theme for a day when I get butterflies in my tummy.  That’s...


Complimenting Colour

Complimenting Colour

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“I am always hoping to make a discovery here, to express the feelings of two lovers by a marriage of two complementary colours, their minglings and their oppositions, the mysterious vibrations of kindred tones.” (Vincent van Gogh) Minimalism. Complementary and primary colours.  Cool colours...


Having Bedroom Eyes

Having Bedroom Eyes

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90 Minutes, that’s the time it takes for a make-up artist to do Kim Kardashian’s make-up! EVERY DAY! Preposterous you might think, it takes us, mere mortals, one minute?  Two?  That’s what it takes to get my face out of the drawer each morning.  What do they do?  Not much,  one would think,...


Lemons Lavender and Limoncello

Lemons Lavender and Limoncello

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Lemons are abundant now.  Juicy, tart and full of goodness only knows how many Vitamins (I know C) to ward off winter coughs and colds.  I’ll squeeze them, cut them, peel them, store them, preserve them and our house will be filled with that fresh, lemony sweetness.  No garden should be without...


Soothing Saturdays

Soothing Saturdays

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We slept in.  And it’s only someone as depressed as Edgar Allan Poe who dare say ““Sleep, those little slices of death — how I loathe them."  I love my Saturday morning sleep in. During all the excitement I too sympathised with Dr Seuss who says when you’re in love sleeping is a waste as reality...


Rainy Days In A Kitchen

Rainy Days In A Kitchen

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If you’re given lemons make lemonade, that’s what some clever person said.  I’ve got 60 lemons and I’m going to make lemonade and Limoncello and a whole lot more.  With that in mind I reckon it could be another fabulous Friday in my kitchen. My story today is twofold, one to produce products...


Pimping Up Pumpkins

Pimping Up Pumpkins

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We love food in this country, and not surprisingly as we produce such a diverse range of products, not to mention the most delicious too. On most highways or byways one’s sure to find a roadside stall selling local produce.  We have many in our district, and today I showcase one of the very...


Neighing In Nuy

Neighing In Nuy

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I decided to return to the Nuy Valley today, yesterday it was the mountain today it’s life at the foot of the mountain.  Families have been living here for centuries, if you’re born here there’s really no reason to leave, so it’s more or less from the cradle to the grave! Once again the...


Announcing The Birth Of A Grandbaby - From Glama

Announcing The Birth Of A Grandbaby - From Glama

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FIRST OFF THE BAT: You look like me!  We’re two peas in a pod and don’t let anyone tell you differently!  That sweet button nose, those clear, big eyes and those pianists fingers, exactly.  I know someone will try to mention liver spots, crow's feet, laughter lines, fallen arches and grey hair...


Our Majestic Mountains

Our Majestic Mountains

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Some people live their lives in a fishbowl. We live in a basin, a beautiful valley surrounded by majestic mountains.   No matter which window we look out of we can see a mountain, albeit it’s tip or the cloud covering.  When we travel to foreign places or upcountry the first thing I notice is...


Afterglow

Afterglow

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I have important business to attend to tonight so it’s vital that I stay awake and alert.  After a busy Monday mopping, dusting and polishing furniture my time is limited so I set up my camera during the blue hour (1 hour after sunset). The only cluster of lights in sleepy hollow is across...


Celebrating Mothers' Day

Celebrating Mothers' Day

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“When your mother asks, 'Do you want a piece of advice?' it is a mere formality. It doesn't matter if you answer yes or no. You're going to get it anyway.” Erma Bombeck. Tell me about it! I’m a Mother too so I took the day off to enjoy all the phone calls, messages and chats with...


Mothers' Day Musings

Mothers' Day Musings

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Now let’s be honest not everyone is in a celebratory mood.  Not all women can be honoured and there are many who aren’t fit to be called Mother.   Biblically Eve is “Mother”  and she is revered, she’s honourable, above reproach, a person called by God to build a nation.  Many African...