Busy last day in Benoni

Today’s post is without any photo’s. I had a very busy day and downloading all the photo’s is taking forever.

I filled up my Laptops extra hard drive so now I have to start moving files to my external Hard drive.

Reyvan’s Birthday party was at Spaanyard a party farm and I got some stunning photo’s of him and his little friends who joined him. Hubby joined me so together we took 1200 photo’s.

After the party we went to Rosebank Mall to go and surprise Sunette Nieuwoudt one of the Mrs South Africa finalist for 2012. I am very glad we could go and give her some support. I took some photo’s of her and the other finalists and also with the current Mrs South Africa.

When we got back to our friends house I started downloading the days photo’s. Then we left for a family shoot at the Bunny park. When we got there it was closing so we went to a dam with some slides, swings and other cool stuff to play on. I took some lovely family photo’s of them and also some individual photo’s of the kids.

As soon as I have time I’ll post the photo’s. I still have allot of editing and posting to do.

Tomorrow we are leaving for the Drakensberg and according to my dad there are snow on the mountains. Hope it is still there by tomorrow.

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/90

Today I went down to the lake again. Ronald looked after the boys and I went scouting for my King fisher and my LBJ with the long beak.  No luck but I did get this lovely African Purple Swamphen. At first I had no idea what kind of water bird this is so I Google water birds and I got it.

African Purple Swamphen
African Purple Swamphen. Black & White

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/89

This morning we took the boys down to the lake so that they can go and play and climb in the trees.

I went my own way looking for the Mother Coot and her chicks and the Kingfisher but no luck.  So I went and sit on the little bench and watched the Geese and ducks swimming on the lake. I heard the Hadida’s screaming and the next moment they were flying off. I got this one just in time…

Hadida in flight
Hadida in flight. Black & White
Hadida in flight
Hadida in flight. Black & White

 

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/88

Today we decided that we are going to spoil our Host and Hostess by making our special Chicken Lasagne for supper.

Here is the recipe for those who would also like to try it.

Ingredients:
6 chicken breasts
500 ml fresh cream
432g(1tin) crushed pineapple
1 box bacon kips
one box of sheet Lasagne
Salt and pepper to taste
500g grated Cheese

For white sauce:
1,5litre fresh cream
250g flour
100g baking margarine/butter
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Cook the chicken breasts and de bone it and make fine. Put back in pot and add the cream and crushed pineapple. Cook for a few minutes then add the fine bacon kips. Cook for a few minutes then take off the heat.

Make your white Sauce:

Melt the margarine add flour and then add cream. Stir the whole time to prevent lumps. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cook till thick and creamy.

Take large big oven proof dish and start layering Chicken mix, Lasagne, white Sauce, Chicken,lasagne and so on. End off with white sauce and cheddar cheese. Bake in the oven for 40 to 45 minutes at 180 degrees.

Bon appetite…

Busy cooking the chicken, cream, pineapple and Bacon Kips mixture
Ready for the oven
After 45 minutes in the oven
Bon Appetite

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/87

What a lovely winters day did we have. The sun was shining and we just had a light breeze here in Benoni.

Ronald, the boys and I went down to the lake again. I hoped to capture some close ups of the little Coot chicks but they were to far and the rest was between the reeds.

Yesterday we walked only to the one side and today we went in the opposite direction. We got to a spot where the geese was bathing and I spotted a LBJ with one long beak.  Just when I had it in my sight and pressed the shutter button it flew off… So before Friday I want a photo of that specific LBJ.  We were very lucky to see the Geese bathing and I got some lovely shots of  them spreading their wings.

Yesterday Hubby saw a blue bird and today we saw it again at the same spot. It was a Kingfisher I did get some shots of it but once again I want to get closer so tomorrow morning I’m waiting for it. It’s times like these that I wish I had a 500mm lens…

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/86

What a lazy day we had today. Watched some movies and this afternoon we went to the conservation area about 5 minutes walk from our friends house.

The wind was ice cold but we went anyway. One can’t just sit and do nothing the whole time even if you are on holiday.  At the lake we saw Coot’s, Ducks, Geese, Gulls and allot of LBJ’s.

I want to go down to the lake again tomorrow. There are little  Coot chicks  and want to see if I can get closer  and get a better shot of them.

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/85

Not going to say much today. I had a photo shoot this morning with the Kirshnan family.

Yes I know I am on holiday but like you will know by now. I love capturing memories for others and like the blog’s name says Picture Perfect Memories for life.

 

 

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 12/52

Sandbaai, Hermanus, Western Cape, South Africa

“A good friend is someone we can count on, as well as being so much more.
A friend is someone with whom we can relax and just hang out, have fun and
share our innermost thoughts–deep dark secrets, lofty and noble goals, or
our hopes, joys, and fears. A good friend allows you a safe space to share
your deepest thoughts and needs–without worry of being judged, criticized
or made to feel silly for feeling the way you do. Friends cheer each other on,
laugh and cry together, and just plain commiserate and listen to each other.
That’s why friends are friends….”

Bettie and Jennifer Leigh Youngs.

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“All achievements, all earned riches, have their beginning in an idea.” Napoleon Hill

Lake Arthur, Eastern Cape, South Aftica

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.” Henry Ford

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“That some achieve great success, is proof to all that others can achieve it as well.”  Abraham Lincoln

Valley of a thousand hills, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

“To have a good friend is one of the highest delights of life.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“The less you open your heart to others, the more your heart suffers.” Deepak Chopra

Cato Ridge, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

“Where flowers bloom so does hope.” Lady Bird Johnson


Project 365 Photo a day: 365/84

Brrrrr what a cold morning we had in Bloemfontein. We woke up at around 7 O’clock had a cup of coffee and then we went to the Farmers market and then for breakfast at the Wimpy in Pretty Gardens.

I took a photo’s of the Bearded Dragon at one of the little shops at Pretty Gardens.

Bearded Dragon

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/83

We left Kraaifontein this morning at 05:00 to start our 970 KM journey to Bloemfontein where we would spend the night at Ronalds niece..

We ate breakfast at around 8 O’Clock at Laingsburg and this was the first time that I took out my camera.I took a total of 182 photo’s today. We had darkness, fog, rain, sunshine some more fog and rain and we even had a thunder storm. I tried capturing the lightning but no luck. The camera kept focusing on the wiper blade and rain drops.

But my favourite photo of the day was this tree that Ronald spotted. When he turned around I wondered now why would he turn around. When we stopped I saw this big dam and thought okay maybe I must capture the dam and then I saw the tree in the dam.

Dead tree in the middle of a dam
Dead trea in a dam in Black & White