Super sweet blogging award.


Last night I got a surprise! I Madoqua at nominated me for the supper sweet blogging award. Thank you very much I appreciate it. She also has a very super sweet blog, you might as well have a peek.

Super sweet blogging award works like this:

Display the logo in your post.

Super Sweet Blogging Award

Nominate a baker’s dozen (13 other blogs) (see below)
Answer some super sweet questions
Thank and link back to the person who nominated you

The Super Sweet Questions:

1.  Cookies or cake?

Chocolate cake, yummy!

2.  Chocolate or vanilla?


3.  What is your favorite sweet treat?


4.  When do you crave sweet things the most?

Just suddenly it happens, any time of the day or night.

5.  If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be?

Crunchy- bunchy

My 13 nominees are:



Music in Pictures Contest: A whole new world

A Whole New World

I can show you the world
Shining, shimmering, splendid
Tell me, princess, now when did
You last let your heart decide?

I can open your eyes
Take you wonder by wonder
Over, sideways and under
On a magic carpet ride.

A whole new world
A new fantastic point of view
No one to tell us no
Or where to go
Or say we’re only dreaming.

A whole new world
A dazzling place I never knew
But when I’m way up here
It’s crystal clear
That now I’m in a whole new world with you
Now I’m in a whole new world with you.

Unbelievable sights
Indescribable feeling
Soaring, tumbling, freewheeling
Through an endless diamond sky.

A whole new world
Don’t you dare close your eyes
A hundred thousand things to see
Hold your breath – it gets better
I’m like a shooting star
I’ve come so far
I can’t go back to where I used to be.

A whole new world
Every turn a surprise
With new horizons to pursue
Every moment red-letter
I’ll chase them anywhere
There’s time to spare
Let me share this whole new world with you.

A whole new world
That’s where we’ll be
A thrilling chase
A wondrous place
For you and me.

Photos: Kapiti Coast New Zealand (2009)

The Kapiti Coast (formerly known as The Golden Coast) is the name of the section of the coast of the south-western North Island of New Zealand that is north of Wellington and opposite Kapiti Island. It falls under the jurisdiction of the Wellington Regional Council.

It’s write easy


September 28, 2012

Starting points…

  1. Tidiness is next to Godliness
  2. Manners make a man
  3. I wanted/never wanted to write/paint/sing (or similar)
  4. I was made to…
  5. I was so embarrassed

I never wanted to

I never wanted to do scrap booking! Today I am  a scrap book fanatic.

I always thought that pasting photos into an album and decorating it with embellishments was a waste of time. I proofed myself wrong about 10 years ago.

While I was teaching at a private school in Potgietersrus, the discussion came up what we were going to do during the long December holiday 2004. One of the lady teachers said she wanted to go for a class in making dream catchers. I agreed to join her. We booked our session. The day before the session the art shop told us that they could not get hold of small hoops to make the dream catcher. There was a class in making sun catcher which wasn’t what we really wanted but we decided to do it on one condition:

I’ll do the sun catcher with my friend and she will do a scrap book class with me.

What a challenge. I never wanted to do scrap booking but this was the only arty classes we could attend.

We did the sun catcher and the scrap book classes and later the dream catcher also. After the scrap book class my friend said she was not interested in  doing it. I did the second class just for the idea to do something.

The best part of it all was that the art shop had a Saturday scrap book workshop and I attended. I made 3 or 4 pages. We had to pick the best of our pages to go in the draw for  the best page of the day.

To my surprise  I won the first prize, a beautiful album to put in all my pages.

After that  Saturday it happened that the tutor moved out of town. The art shop owner asked me if I would be interested in doing the classes. I agreed. From that day on I just got better and better. As the saying goes: Practice makes perfect. I even had the opportunity to do classes in a nearby town. At the end I even qualified as an advanced scrap book tutor.

I had many happy days doing this craft. I enjoyed preparing  unique pages and made  great friends.

Some of the ladies are still my friends although I am far away.

My first ever scrap book page!


This is the page with which I won the first prize.

10 minute quick writing:

Words:  uniform, war time, restriction, writing, poetry


Writing is not one of my strong points. Also using another language than my home language makes it difficult at times.

I started to attend the Write Easy classes because I thought it could help me to improve my writing. It is really worth the while because I feel that I can write much easier and fluently than before I started the classes. I even felt yesterday when writing my passage I did not need the dictionary that much to look up spelling of some words. I still make some sentence structure mistakes. It is still going to take  time to get better and better. It also helps not to think in Afrikaans before I start writing. I must think and write in English.

I never thought that I would ever write my stories in English of all languages.


Music in pictures: Losing my religion

This is a very difficult song to choose pictures for. I am not losing my religion.

Losing my religion

Life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

That’s me in the corner
That’s me in the spotlight
Losing my religion
Trying to keep up with you
And I don’t know if I can do it
Oh no I’ve said too much
I haven’t said enough
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

Every whisper
Of every waking hour I’m
Choosing my confessions
Trying to keep an eye on you
Like a hurt lost and blinded fool
Oh no I’ve said too much
I set it up

Consider this
The hint of the century
Consider this
The slip that brought me
To my knees failed
What if all these fantasies
Come flailing around
Now I’ve said too much
I thought that I heard you laughing
I thought that I heard you sing
I think I thought I saw you try

But that was just a dream
That was just a dream

But that was just a dream

That was just a dream

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Sunday Stills : Signs of fall



Red leaves blow in the wind
Leaving home and everything it’s known behind
Barren branches wave goodbye
As the red leaves slowly die
Every flower stares and watches
As the wind takes me away
Before the sun shone upon me
Now the wind takes me away
Red leaves falling
Through the branches
Making their way to the ground
Blowing by the flowers sleeping
No one knows the leaves are leaving
I am in New Zealand and spring is starting to happen at the moment. It was frosty the last week but this morning it was much better.
I have taken some more spring photos on Sunday.
Here are some of them.
The last one is my favourite. Tea bush flowers.
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Story Challenge: Letter M = mandible

Story Challenge: Letter “M”

by frizztext

Hi Bloggers! Do you have to share a story or a short reflection tagged with the letter “M”? For example I’ve written about MANHATTAN (read below), about Madrid or Munich, modern times and mouths, Mexico and Montenegro, mothers and motorcycles, memories and musicians, milk or moon, military or mankind, minaretts and metronoms, Metropolis or Mursi people, mosques or the Mekong river etc. – I’m sure you’ll find an own story or a short reflection tagged with “M”!

My letter M stands for MANDIBLE

Mandible (insect mouthpart)

Insect mandibles are a pair of appendages near the insect’s mouth, and the most anterior of the three pairs of oral appendages (thelabrum is more anterior, but is a single fused structure). Their function is typically to grasp, crush, or cut the insect’s food, or to defend against predators or rivals. Insect mandibles, which appear to be evolutionarily derived from legs, move in the horizontal plane unlike those of vertebrates, which appear to be derived from gill arches and move vertically.

My story goes like this:

One late afternoon Trompie(my dog) was barking at something outside on the deck. I went outside to investigate.

To my surprise, against the wall, was a Weta( Tree Weta: live in trees, common in forests,gardens and firewood). I have never seen one alive, neither has Trompie. Both of us watched for a while. It just sat there.

I decided to pick up Trompie and put him on the table so he could sniff at it. Trompie did not like that, not the idea of standing on the table and also near this insect or thing that is moving its feelers. I took some photos  which were not that good. Then I just touched the weta’s feeler and guess what?

Up came his hind legs ready to attack. Thrompie did not like this movement. He jumped away.

The interesting part of this whole thing was that when I touched a feeler, his hind legs shot out and up and it was also in the meantime making a noise by opening and closing its


It gave a warning signal every time I touched him. It sounded like somebody flicking their nails. This noise would frighten  anyone.

The first two photos it was sitting against the wall.

The next two it is on the table kicking up his hind legs with hackles.

Looks very dangerous.

(Weta = Orthoptera.Anostostomatidae)

They are found in other countries too where they are known as KING CRICKET.

Travel Theme: WHITE

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This week’s theme is     WHITE

I got married August 30, 1980.

After the wedding we drove to my flat in Potgietersrus.

One of my best friends put a bottle of champagne

and these two white doves on the table.

I am so glad I have taken a photo of them because

I don’t have them anymore.

I gave away most of my smaller things before moving to New Zealand.

Doves as symbols

Doves, usually meaning domesticated Rock Pigeons, are a traditional Christian symbol of love and peace,


Sunday Post: People

I took the following photos during my tour through Zimbabwe. These are all tour members listening to our guide telling us something about the Victoria Waterfall and the statue of Livingston.

David Livingstone

he explored the African interior to the north, in the period 1852–56, and was the first European to see the Mosi-oa-Tunya (“the smoke that thunders”) waterfall (which he renamed Victoria Fallsafter his monarch, Queen Victoria), of which he wrote later, “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by angels in their flight.” (Jeal, p. 149)

Livingstone was one of the first Westerners to make a transcontinental journey across Africa, Luanda on the Atlantic toQuelimane on the Indian Ocean near the mouth of the Zambezi, in 1854–56.[4] Despite repeated European attempts, especially by the Portuguese, central and southern Africa had not been crossed by Europeans at that latitude owing to their susceptibility tomalariadysentery and sleeping sickness which was prevalent in the interior and which also prevented use of draught animals(oxen and horses), as well as to the opposition of powerful chiefs and tribes, such as the Lozi, and the Lunda of Mwata Kazembe.

This one is also on the way to the Falls. Vendors trying to sell their goods.

The vendors need the tourist to keep alive.

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Solitary

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Share a picture that means SOLITARY to you!

Solitary is the state of being alone.

This collection of photos says it all without words.


( This is an old friend of mine going through a lot of hardship)