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Capturing Light - Karoo National Botanical Gardens

Capturing Light - Karoo National Botanical Gardens

Posted in clicking 365 project

My camera has taught me to see and today my photography is about capturing light.  That’s what happened in the very beginning when Alhazen invented the first pin-hole camera, light would enter the tiny hole, turn itself upside down and the image would be captured and projected onto the other...


Lean Pickings

Lean Pickings

Posted in clicking 365 project

Lean pickings today.   More haste less speed.  I met a girl who uses the dark as her backdrop, she shoots at night using a very slow shutter speed of 20 seconds, allowing her to add and remove elements creating magical scenes.   I didn’t try that today, but tried the very opposite in...


Infused By Art - Baardskeerdersbos Art Walk

Infused By Art - Baardskeerdersbos Art Walk

Posted in clicking 365 project

The dreaded words “you’ve run out of Wifi Data” has once again reared its ugly head.  I could quite easily commit hari kiri when this happens. Sundays are fun days and we went off to attend the annual Baadskeerdersbos Art Weekend.   Seeing the work of Artists, meeting and chatting to...


Capturing Beauty In The Ordinary

Capturing Beauty In The Ordinary

Posted in clicking 365 project

We’re so lucky to live in one of the world’s most beautiful places, the New York Times thinks so and so do hundreds of people who flock here to see the whales,  go shark cage diving or just to get a magical tan on one of the many pristine beaches.   We often take it all for granted and don’t see...


Durban Street And Beyond

Durban Street And Beyond

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We always have too little time, fortunately “busy” people always have time and I had to make time.  Xenophobia is a new word on our tongues and is wrecking havoc in our country.  I can’t make political statements but I’m saddened by the hatred that’s mushrooming everywhere.  A cancer which...


Drawing A Line And Fish Tales

Drawing A Line And Fish Tales

Posted in clicking 365 project

F-A-S-C-I-N-A-T-I-N-G and the usual suspects are in a pickle.  Cape Salmon (Geelbek) caught in the summer is a highlight.  To photograph a huge one like this, is fabulous, this is the sort of fish one only hears about. Here’s the one that didn’t get away and I can prove it. To continue with...


Perfectly Ordinary Day

Perfectly Ordinary Day

Posted in clicking 365 project

“I like imperfection. It doesn't mean ugly. I love a girl with a gap between her teeth, versus perfect white veneers. Perfection is just... boring. Perfect is what's natural or real; that is beauty.” Marc Jacobs Today was to be a bird day.  I was woken by a confusion of guinea fowl, which...


Let One Egg Reach Maturity

Let One Egg Reach Maturity

Posted in clicking 365 project

A reflection in the window, a silhouette, a table lamp and a garden in the early morning that  was the setting which caught my eye,  a reflective mood for my first photograph, a good start. I had a boss,  who in a moment of frustration,  called me Dreamy Drawers, I was probably dead on my...


Mondays With Cecil

Mondays With Cecil

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Mondays are back to normal days, which is not as simple as it sounds, the weekend has ground to a halt and with it the extraordinary places we visit have evaporated like Scotch mist.   All I have to photograph are the things around me.  To find something inspiring is the challenge today....


Panning Flamingoes At Sunset

Panning Flamingoes At Sunset

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Mist is a great medium to work with as it creates an eerie atmosphere, ideal for photography and landscapes in particular.   I loved the stillness and tranquillity the mist seemed to create on the salt pan when we went at dusk to see the migration of the flamingos from the one side of the lake...


Fly Me To The Moon - Stellenbosch Flying Club

Fly Me To The Moon - Stellenbosch Flying Club

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Weekends are for photography, if you lead a quiet life that is, or live in a picturesque spot or diligently plan your photographic expeditions.  Ma Nelson would've said "Preparedness girls is key!"  when she tried to motivate us at age 8. Do prepare for the weather conditions (www.yr.no  is...


Desert Rose

Desert Rose

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Days are too short.   Fabulous Fridays even shorter, I’ll be very lucky to even make one photograph today.  Thought I’d get a shot in when I woke up and it was raining!  Must’ve been a small cloud burst which dried up before I had my camera set up.   I'm too slow. Dashed outside just in...


Spotlight On An Ordinary Day

Spotlight On An Ordinary Day

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There’s nothing quite like volunteer work is there?  Today I sat/lay for a student while she learnt how to apply eyelash extensions!    I woke up to the pitty patter of rain drops on the bedroom window this morning, this did not auger well, but I manned up and decided to embrace the day! ...


 Tittilating Tantilizing Teasers

Tittilating Tantilizing Teasers

Posted in Recipes / Desserts / Salads / Fruit / Fish

Are the delicious dishes that came out of our kitchen this weekend.  Besides the spicy, fruity, home baked Hot cross buns I gobbled up as soon as the oven door opened and the dozens of Easter eggs that disappeared down the hatch we also enjoyed delicious starters, salads and desserts. Precious...


Going Corporate - Portraiture

Going Corporate - Portraiture

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Wisdom to know what to do with what I know was what I had to do with this commission.  The client has the law behind them, the gift of the gab and the confidence to enforce all three!    This is what I did: Sent a missive by email to all members of the staff regarding their...


Backing Basics On A Tuesday

Backing Basics On A Tuesday

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Every time I download my photographs for this “project” I get a nasty knot in my stomach, it’s very much like waiting to write an examination.   Today is an ordinary Tuesday. A back to reality day, the weekend’s a thing of the past.  It’s back to doing the laundry, watering the plants and the...


Challenging Creativity

Challenging Creativity

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There can be no other word but CHALLENGE for a project like this.  The last time I felt as challenged was when I stopped smoking, day 3 almost had me lighting up again.   What this weekend has taught me is that one must pack for every eventuality, because who can tell what catches the eye on...


Shell We?

Shell We?

Posted in clicking 365 project

“There are no rules for good photographs, there are only good photographs.”  Ansel Adams.  When is a photograph “good”, not necessarily Ansel Adams good, but good by your standards, when it gets a million clicks on Instagram?  When it’s liked 2K times on FaceBook or Twitter or when Pixolo says...


Fern Funny First

Fern Funny First

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It’s a sloshy Saturday and a Mission Impossible.   Abort! A voice screams.  But, procrastination is the thief of time.  That’s a fact. Mondays are a good day to start:  dieting, fasting, a new project or a new leaf. That’s if you toe the line, not when you zig when everyone else zags.   ...


Beach Bunnies Make Waves

Beach Bunnies Make Waves

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Salads

The sparkling wine on tap which has just been installed in Breë Street is the one I like best. For some reason I don’t fall for it but, this year I fell hook, line and sinker for a few April Fools jokes.   Imagine the genius who could put DSTV out of business with his R99 subscriptions and...


R is For Rhino Rob Restaurants and Red Wine

R is For Rhino Rob Restaurants and Red Wine

Posted in Travel

Animals, Beer/Braai, Creation Dinner, Elephant, Fishing, Giraffe, Hermanus, Impala, Jâgermeister, Knights, Long Street, Mama, Newton-Johnson, Open Bus, Precious, Quiet, Rhino, Sunshine, Tortoise, Unique, Vineyards, Watches, X-factor, Yellow African Sun, Zebra – this was the brief, we had to...


It's The Final Countdown

It's The Final Countdown

Posted in Travel

My throat closes, my pulse quickens, there’s a hand gripping my heart and nausea is creeping up on me, I’m not pregnant. Only one sleepie left. Their visits are always too short.  Women used to shave their heads, wail and keen for their children, I could too.  The pillow we shared this...


Shark Cage Diving in  Kleinbaai

Shark Cage Diving in Kleinbaai

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Being charged by a Rhino or stormed by an Elephant is exciting but nothing is as chilling or as exhilarating as being in a cage out at sea observing a Great White Shark in Shark Alley. He went from the very North of South Africa where he saw a very rare sighting, two Rhinos being hunted by a...


Road  Tripping, Rondawels and Rhinos

Road Tripping, Rondawels and Rhinos

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Elephants! That was the brief. We did the groundwork, puffed South Africa up without sounding too arrogant or full of ourselves, now it had to prove itself. Not that we have any doubts on that score, but expectations had to be met.   Fortunately the Kruger National Park does speak for itself. ...


Stay a while Crocodile

Stay a while Crocodile

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Make haste while the sun shines! Time waits for no man as we trundle along. It's true,   we can  see our lives flash past us when we have fun. When those glass doors at the Johannesburg International airport swooshed open I became one happy Mama, my girl was safely back on African soil. I...


Halving The Panties Gets You Nowhere

Halving The Panties Gets You Nowhere

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That’s what He-Who-Will-Be-Obeyed Says As I Pack. “Whether one packs for one week or one month the quantities stay the same” I mutter under my breath. This time I’m not up for the argument as I’m simply too excited. So I’ll take half the undies. I’ve already cut down the shorts, nighties and...


Marching Orders

Marching Orders

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“A woman, a dog, and a walnut tree, The more you beat them the better they be.” A Calendar of Gardeners’ Lore Revealing the Secrets of The Walled Kitchen Garden. 1875.  Fortunately men came to their senses! In 1975 platform shoes, miniskirts, being anorexic and the Bob was all the rage....


Running Circles Around Life

Running Circles Around Life

Posted in Musings

Today you’ll close this gate; you’ve gone full circle with your journey here. You arrived as a beautiful, sexy, vivacious Englishwoman 38 years ago. Choices have never been yours to make, circumstances dictated your every move.   “She took a step and didn't want to take any more, but she...


My Funny Valentine

My Funny Valentine

Posted in Travel

Like minced beef I forced myself into my new contouring spandex figure-hugging petticoat and sexy, lacy, red bra, a birthday gift from Precious when I was a size smaller but had no need of support, as we were camping in a rooftop tent in Xai-Xai, Mozambique, a decade ago! On Saturday evening my...


Morning After The Valentine Night Before

Morning After The Valentine Night Before

Posted in Travel

I have carpet burns on both knees and my forehead is blood red and burning. On Sunday morning I had: lower backache, a blinding headache, swollen ankles and my pedicured toes had blistered, I throbbed!  I have no regrets and I'm not complaining.   I am “just” over the 50 year mark so “regret”...


Seeing Red With A Broken Heart

Seeing Red With A Broken Heart

Posted in Musings

It’s all petals, pouting and perfumed perfection on the eve of Valentine’s Day. Commercial exploitation it might be, but give a girl a weekend away, wine her, dine her, lavish gifts from the heart upon her and believe me you’ll star in her good books! We’ve all had our fair share...


Move Mundane to Make Magic

Move Mundane to Make Magic

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Soups / Salads / Drinks and Beverages

Easier said than done you may say. It takes a mind shift and will power to move something from mundane to magic, but it’s not impossible, look at the guy on stage, he uses a plain white handkerchief to produce a beautiful white dove.  It's all in the magic we hold in our hands. Just read...


Missive From Glam'ma

Missive From Glam'ma

Posted in Musings

“Grandchildren now don't write a thank you for the Christmas presents. They are walking on their pants with their cap on backward, listening to the Enema Man and Snoopy, Snoopy Poop Dog.” ― Alan Simpson Dearest Nunu, You’re not a twinkle in your Fathers’ eye anymore you’re a reality, I saw you...


Spit or Swallow

Spit or Swallow

Posted in Review

That is the question. Not on an empty stomach. Well I don’t know about that. At the time of this dilemma choices were limited; there was no place to hide. A mad dash to the kitchen I made,  it was a shambles. “Manners maketh man” was ringing in my ears while I heaved and clamped my jaw. I was...


Friday My Day

Friday My Day

Posted in Recipes / Meat Dishes / Desserts / Soups / Salads / Fruit / Drinks and Beverages

The clock ticks, January draws to a close, not a day too soon either. It’s been a long month. A fortnight ago my bank balance passed zero. My tan’s faded and I’m not as diligent about counting calories anymore. Thank goodness its Friday my favourite day. To celebrate we’ll have dessert....


Scintillating Sunny Salads

Scintillating Sunny Salads

Posted in Recipes / Vegetables / Meat Dishes / Salads / Fruit

It’s a mellow-yellow Saffron day, it’s hot, sticky and slightly sultry. I awoke with melons,  songs and nasturtiums on my mind a Yellow song and it was Coldplay! A good theme for Thursday. This is a pedicure and cafe day.  Provence is yellow, reminding me of Les Girls, pottery and...


Tuesdays are for no ordinary fish

Tuesdays are for no ordinary fish

Posted in Recipes

“I love the way the color lavender smells, and the way the color salmon tastes. And if there were a  color called “fur”, I’d like the way it feels”!–Jarod Kintz, This Book is Not FOR SALE Painting of Fishmonger at Fishmarket: Bartolomeo Passarotti - The fish stall If you’re a fisherman and...


Miserably Morose on a Monday

Miserably Morose on a Monday

Posted in Review

It’s no use, no-one can dodge this bullet any longer, it’s back to the Spinning Class this afternoon, the scales don’t lie, we can count calories until the cows come home, nope,  it’s time to add some strenuous exercises to the game plan! I wonder if jaw wiring is still an option? I still...


The Other Woman, a Letter From My Heart

The Other Woman, a Letter From My Heart

Posted in Musings

"Your children are not your children.They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you."  On Children – Kahlil Kibran An open letter Dear Mum and Dad of The Other Woman, When I...


Between The Covers it's Man up or Clam up

Between The Covers it's Man up or Clam up

Posted in Review

We need confidence and courage to grab an opportunity and run with it, to persevere and not lose faith takes guts.“A ship is always safe at the shore; but that is NOT what it is built for. Right  ― Albert Einstein. People are fascinating and if you’re a little more aware and have an...