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

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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

 

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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…

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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.

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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

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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

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/82

” Time is what we want most, but… what we use worst.”  ~Willaim Penn

A year ago my parents and I talked about our holiday at Alpine Heath in the Drakensberg.  Tomorrow Ronald, Armand, Lian and I will hit the road to Ronald’s friend in Benoni for a week. On 1 July 2012 we will join my parents at Alpine Heath. All of us are so looking forward to this holiday. But because I am Coreen and I am  addicted to my work I have 2 photo shoots booked for my first week of holiday.

I would also like to take this chance to let everyone know that I have no idea how my reception is going to be on holiday, but if it is bad and I can’t  post my photo of the day  I will do it when I get back.  At least we all know by now that I will take photo’s everyday and allot also…

Well I wanted to wait till tonight before I start packing but I just could not wait till then so I am already packed. The only thing still not packed is my computer screen and Internet stick… After this post I will pack that up to and tonight we must go to bed early…. Ha ha who am I kidding….

All packed…
All packed in Black & White

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/81

This afternoon Aran came to visit us for a little while. Uncle Ronald switched on his laptop and put a movie on for him. Even after Ronald left he still lied  on the bed watching the movie.

Here is Ronald and Aran watching the movie on the laptop.

Uncle Ronald and Aran watching a movie
Uncle Ronald and Aran in Black & White

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/80

What a day. I Got a phone call this morning from Marcellino Martin one of the DJ’s at our local Radio Station Bok Radio. He informed me that he was going to phone me on his show at 13h40. Picture Perfect Memories for Life was chosen for today’s program. I was so excited till the news settled in and I got extremely nervous.

A few weeks back Lino as we all know him said that he want to talk about blogging and that all the bloggers out there must please email their blogs link to him. Well at first I thought about it then decided nope mine will never be chosen but the whole time a little voice asked me Coreen what do you have to loose? So yes I emailed my link to Lino but did not expect to get chosen…

I could not wait to tell Ronald the news and I phoned him immediately. I was very excited and was jumping up and down like a little girl that got a biiiig present.  As I told everybody that was close to me and support my business then reality started to settle in. I am going to talk on radio and I have no idea what to say or what to expect. What if I say something silly? Oh my I was a nervous wreck. But I closed my eyes thanked God for this wonderful opportunity and that He must please help me to say the right things.

I hate it when someone uh or um and my biggest fear was that I am going to  uh or um.  You see I’ll rather express myself here on my blog or on my twitter and Face Book status and of course  through my photo’s. I am not a big talker especially not over the radio where thousands of people will hear me….

When Lino phoned me he told me that he will ask me a few questions after the adverts and I waited for the adverts to finish. LOL I can’t remember a thing about the interview the moment were just to big.  Afterwards I went to my mom and dad who was listening and my first question to them was did I uh or um. They said not even once and that I sounded great and one could hear that photography is my passion. All that I can say is I did it….

So today’s photo of the day is… Yes you guessed correct. A RADIO.

Radio
Radio in Black & White

 

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Today’s Photo of the day is yet again Armand and his cat Ogies. I just can’t get enough of these two.

The school closes for the holiday’s on Friday but his teacher decided they must do some maths exercises when the rest of the kids are already in holiday mood.  He made himself comfortable on our bed doing his maths and Ogies decided that she is going to keep him company.  She made herself comfortable on his back…

Armand and Ogies
Armand and Ogies Black & White
Doing homework

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/78

My photo of the day for yesterday was Minky our Corn snake.  It took me more than a year to get use to her. The kids always love teasing me with her and they just loved it when I jump up and scream when they bring her near me. Then one day I decided I better make friends with Minky. Please don’t get me wrong I will not take her out of her cage but when hubby goes away I need to clean her cage and for this I needed to start trusting her.

Minky is not aggressive at all and now and then when hubby needs to clean her cage and the boys are not around I will hold her but only in my hands and my arms are covered. I hate the feeling of her going  over my skin. Some days I’ll sit in front of her cage and watch her. When she needs to shed her skin she is so dull and her eyes are gray. She shed her skin not long ago just look how gorgeous her colors are.

Here are a photo of her eating her dead mouse. I don’t like it if they give her food that is alive…

Minky feeding
Feeding in Black & White
Nearly finished

SAPS Cycle Tour 2012 in aid of SAPS Educational Trust fund : Day two

After only getting to bed after 12 o’clock  I was not very happy when my alarm went off and we had to get up to start Day two of the Cycle tour. It was freezing cold outside and I really felt sorry for the cyclist.

After a cup of coffee and a yogurt everybody started getting ready to hit the road. We packed the trailers and the men checked the bicycles to make sure that everything is still in order.

Then we all got together in a big circle to start the day the correct way and we asked the Lord to keep us all safe and without harm. There was a bib made for the “twak maker” of the day and this was given to the cyclist or person on the support team who did something ” wrong” and he or she had to wear the bib the whole tour. When the “Twak Maker” was announced everyone had a  laugh. Then  we got serious again and Ronald discussed the days route and what  they can expect along the road. He also told the cyclist that they must stick to the rules of the road and on roads without shoulders they must please keep it single file.

We all left Darling golf estate around  8:30 for Yzerfontein.  The SAPS photographers joined us for the day somewhere between Darling and Yzerfontein.  I must say I got some lovely action shots on this route.  The scenery was just stunning and I thanked our Heavenly Father for giving us all the opportunity to spend the time outside and that we could all admire His work of art.  The cyclist did good and we arrived earlier than scheduled at Yzerfontein even with the rolling hills.  The group of cyclist that went on the tour stuck together and the stronger riders helped those who needed help. Some of these riders don’t even own a bicycle and they borrowed bicycles to go with on the tour to help raise funds for the SAPS Educational Trust fund.  When I saw the rolling hills I wondered what went through some of these cyclists minds when they looked in front of them and saw the hills going up and down up and down….

At Yzerfontein we all enjoyed a lovely breakfast at the Padstal. After breakfast it was photo time before we were on our way again to Langebaan.

Off we went to Langebaan. We had one or two pit stops along the route.  The road on the West Coast is tuff and sometimes it feels like you’re not getting any where… But even when times were difficult there was time for some jokes. Anton one of our most experienced riders really enjoyed playing tricks on the other riders. He was also one of the riders that went back and forth to and help the weaker riders. I wondered how many kilometers a day he did extra to help the other riders.

When we got to Langebaan we had to wait for the communication officer to show us were we where suppose to go.  Little did we know that she would take us through the town to the Yacht Club up a another hill… But the food made up for that extra few kilometers. We had a whole spread of food and we could all  fill up those empty tanks… Thank you Langebaan for the lovely food and the even lovelier view.

Enjoying the Autumn sun…

By the time we left for our next stop Saldanha the fog was coming inland fast and it became very cold all of the sudden. The road to Saldanha was also very busy and one of our cyclist had to get on the support vehicle due to his knee and we had to go back to fetch him. I could not really take allot of photo’s on the route. I  took some photo’s  through the front window of the bus. When we arrived at Saldanha we were welcomed by sirens and were escorted through the town to the Saldanha Police Station. I got goosebumps and I think the cyclist also got a boost for that last few kilometers. It was awesome. Saldanha went through allot of trouble to make the cyclist and their support team comfortable and they even made up some goody bags filled with sweets and fruit for the road ahead. The Station commander and a  retired police officer thanked the cyclist for their effort to raise money for their fellow police officers children’s future.  They handed us a cheque for R3620.  The medics had some massage work and bandaging work to do before we hit the road again to our last stop for the day Vredenburg.

After resting the tired legs we hit the road for the last few kilometers to Vredenburg. At Vredenburg all the cyclist except for the two strongest riders got in the different support vehicles and we headed back to Club Mykonos where we spend the night.

When we got to Club Mykonos we all went to our apartments to take a nice warm shower or bath. I had a mega migraine and wished I could get into bed and close my eyes for the night. But we had to go back to Vredenburg High School   for the concert and then we had to go to Boesmanland for dinner. At Boesmanland  we had some live entertainment  and lovely food and desert.  We then headed back to our rooms to turn in for the night.

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 11/52

Table Mountain from Blouberg, Western Cape, South Africa

“Life can be full of ups and down. Enjoy the ups and remember the downs will pass and can be opportunities for things that you previously didn’t see.” Catherine Pulsifer

On Route to Kirkwood through the Transkei, South Africa

“Look at everything as though you were seeing it either for the first time or last time. Then your time on earth will be filled with glory.” Betty Smith

Lake Arthur, Cradock, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Often people attempt to live their lives backwards; they try to have more things, or more money, in order to do more of what they want, so they will be happier. The way it actually works is the reverse. You must first be who you really are, then do what you need to do, in order to have what you want.” Margaret Young

Sterkfontein dam, Free State, South Africa

“All successful people men and women are big dreamers. They imagine what their future could be, ideal in every respect, and then they work every day toward their distant  vision, that goal or purpose.” Brian Tracy

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” Bob Dylan

Blouberg with Table Mountain in Back ground. Western Cape, South Africa

“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape, South Africa

“Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.” John C. Maxwell

 

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/77

Tonight I am posting from my phone. The photo is also taken with my Blackberry so please excuse the quality.

This morning I had a High Tea and after that a Birthday Party. While I was working Ronald and the boys spend the day at our friends house they made 31kg of sausage. Tonight I don’t have a Black and white photo.

Here are the end result of the sausages.
The men had a very long day it took them 10 hours to make 31kg sausage from scratch.

Sausages

Sausages

Last Sausage in the making.

Last Sausage in the making.

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This morning I went with to the Chicken Show in Worcester. Lian’s teacher breeds chickens and he entered some of his and got a few prizes to.

What a task did I have to take photo’s of the hens and roosters. They did not sit still for one second and the cages was so small that I could not even fade out the front to get a nice shot of the chickens. I must say that Hens and Roosters don’t like their front and sides to be photographed. Every single photo I wanted to take of them I either get a head turned away or their backside.  Maybe they think it’s their best side who knows what goes through that little heads.

My 18 – 200mm lens was just a tad to long for that small cages. But under the circumstances  I don’t think I did  to bad. So were I could I tried to get in a whole one but most of the time I just concentrated on head shots.

Here are just two random picked photo’s of today. I will post up the rest when I get time to edit them. I have got allot of work and I am going on holiday in a weeks time. So now I must stop typing and start to edit….

Rooster Black & Withe
Rooster turning his backside to me
This one looked like it’s build for racing…

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/75

Today I wanted to go outdoors and take some photo’s but for 5 days now I have this terrible headache and I just could not stand the bright light.

So I decided to show you where I spend more than 12 hours a day.  When I am not out capturing some lovely family, person or our Heavenly Fathers gift to us. I’ll either sit at my desk edit all those lovely photo’s or I’ll be busy on my Facebook page, website or answering my emails.

As you can see I have two external hard drives on my desk. I take all my photo’s in RAW and as soon as I did a photo shoot I backup to one of the  hard drives. Then after I edited all the photo’s the finished products get backed up on both hard drives.  I don’t dispose of the edited photo’s but after a year I do delete the RAW files…

My Blackberry or as I would like to call it my “White berry” is always and arms length or even sometimes next to the mouse.  Sometimes I get confused and move the cellphone around only to realize I don’t have the right tool in my hand to do the job.

Working on Facebook page…
Desk in Black & White.

 

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This morning I had a photo shoot with Sunette Nieuwoudt the only Western Cape finalist for the Mrs South Africa title. But more about the shoot tomorrow.

My photo of the day is our lovely Table Mountain one of the new 7 Wonders of the world.   But enough said just enjoy the photo…

Table Mountain in Black & White
A look at Table Mountain from Blouberg

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It is freezing cold outside and the boys decided that Tammy is going to freeze to death so they let her inside.  With the fire in the fireplace and the boys pampering her she is in 7 th heaven.

Just look how cozy… I told her to go outside and she just turned head and looked away.  She totally ignored me and when the boys wanted to take her outside to do her thing she ran into Lian’s room under his blankets.

Lian and Tammy watching some television
Tammy Black & White
Tammy ignoring me when I told her to go outside..

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/72

How much is that doggy in the window the one with the waggling tail….. Tra-la-la….

Here’s the second doggy ornament the boys bought me for my birthday. Tonight I decided that I want to use the fire as a background. I still need allot of practice with my Canon  7D. Every time I take photo’s it’s a learning experience. But I do enjoy it.

Fire as a background is so vibrant. I just love the way the yellows, whites and oranges come together.

Dog ornament with fireplace as background
Head shot of my dog ornament on Black & White

A unplanned Sunday afternoon drive…

Today hubby suggested that we take our car for a drive to charge the battery.  The first thing that  I grabbed was my camera.  I got my photo of the day that I already shared with you.

All the photo’s was taken at one spot. Hubby stopped at the Antique Tractor on the R304 a spot well known to us.  We were practicing for the Argus Cycle tour one year when our tandem got a flat just there….

So I decided to take some photo’s of the tractor that from the outside looked like it was standing on the wall. I took photo’s from different angles and then I saw the gate was open I walked inside and took a photo of the tractor on pillars…

Antique Tractor
Antique Tractor in Sepia
Antique tractor
Antique tractor on pillars

Outside the gate of the Antique Tractor a mother and her little daughter were sitting.  She laughed at hubby sitting in the car, but she would not even give me a little smile.  I took some photo’s of her but she just looked at me emotionless. I wonder what went through that little head.  Mental note to self. Always keep some sweets in the car maybe I’ll be lucky and get a smile next time…

What are you looking at?
Black & White portrait of a little girl
Hiding behind mommy…

Here are some landscape photo’s.

Stellenbosch  Wine farm with Mountains in Background
Stellenbosh farm with Snow topped Ceres Mountains in Background

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/71

After having some car trouble this week and the fact that the battery went flat hubby jumped started the car and we went for a drive. I took my camera with just in case I see something that I would like to share with you all.

When I saw the snow on the mountains my mind was made up. I want do share a landscape photo with you all today.

A Stellenbosch farm with the snowy topped Ceres mountains in the background
Snowy Tops of Ceres Mountains in the far… Black & White Photography
Snowy topped Ceres Mountains

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 10/52

Hermanus, East Coast, Western Cape

“Never leave that till tomorrow, which you can do today.” Benjamin Franklin

Sandbaai, East Coast, Western Cape

“You cannot control what happens to you, but you can control your attitude toward what happens to you, and in that, you will be mastering change rather than allowing it to master you.” Brian Tracy

Taal Monument, Paarl, Western Cape

“All our talents increase in the using, and the every faculty, both good and bad, strengthen by exercise.”  Anne Bronte

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape

“Make the most of yourself, for that is all there is of you.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

Addo National Elephant Park, Eastern Cape

“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. Don’t complain.” Maya Angelou

Cradock, Eastern Cape

“The greatest glory in living lies not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” Nelson Mandela

Cradock, Eastern Cape

“The person who sends out positive thoughts activates the world around him positively and draws back to himself positive results.” Norman Vincent Peale

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/70

Dog ornament with Red background
Dog ornament in Black & White

 

Not saying much tonight. This is one of 4 dog ornaments the boys bought me for my birthday… I just love them…

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It’s a cold and wet Friday afternoon here in Kraaifontein. The boys had a very hard week behind them. Homework and studying for the exams.

Well all the hard work has caught  up with Armand. He fell asleep on my bed while watching his brother organizing his soccer cards….

Tired after a hard week
Tired Black & White

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/68

Because my studio don’t get any direct sunlight it is freezing cold in the winter. In summertime it is lovely and the coolest room in our house.

Last year I was to lazy to do my migration to the warmest room in the house that would be our bedroom.  To edit with layers of clothing was not fun and  the Oil Heater drove the electricity bill through the roof.  So this year I decided that I’ll rather migrate to my bedroom were we have a fireplace. I just had to wait for the perfect day to do it…

This morning my husband helped me to move my desk and computer to my new office space. Not that I take up allot.  The fireplace was going since around 11h30 this morning so  the room is nice and cozy. Spyker ,my African Grey, is really enjoying the company and has not stopped talking since I came to sit and edit. Now at least he has a real person that talks back to him and not just the radio playing in the background.

This year I am doing more for the environment.  First of all we will use less electricity and the heater will not work this year.Normally Hubby and I will be working in the studio and living room, the kids would play in their rooms or play games in our bedroom. Now we will all be in the warmest room in the house… For the fire we use off-cuts that hubby get’s at one of the woodwork businesses they are just to glad to get rid of it and we are just as happy to take it off their hands so that we can stay nice and warm during the winter.

I wonder if you could guess what my photo of the day are?  The room? Nope.  Well have a look for yourself.

Nice and Cozy fire
Fire place Black & White

 

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/67

At long last I decided that my mom’s Anthurium Plant will be my photo of the day. My uncle gave the plant to my mom many many years ago.

Every year  since she got it it’s blooming like mad and when they moved to us we thought now the plant is going to die because it had to be outdoors.  But instead it went on and on and giving more and more lovely flowers.

It’s winter  here in South Africa and color is always welcome on the cold and gloomy days.

Mom’s Pink Anthurium
Anthurium in Black & White
Pink Anthurium Flower

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At one stage I was very into zen gardens and later on into fairy gardens.  Hubby made me a little box for my garden and I picked up rocks at the river and the beach. Well so the phases passed but my box, sand and rocks were still an ornament in our bathroom.

This morning I took a small ornament of a mom and daughter that Armand bought me in Hermanus at The Matchbox a little second hand store and a plastic coconut tree. Combined it with my Zen garden and made a nice beach scene…

Mom and Daugter on beach
Mother and daughter on the beach… Black & White
Mother and Daughter on the beach

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Gooseberries…. Njammies. I just love them and the boys also love them.

I started out with a small plant that my father gave me and now I have two big bushes.

Today I tried out my O-Flash when I took the photo’s of the flower and the the fruit.

The fruit is not ready yet it will take a few weeks before I can harvest and eat it. I just better get to it before the birds do…

Gooseberry flower
Gooseberry flower in Black & White
Gooseberry in its little bag…

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/64

Today’s photo of the day is a bear that Armand my eldest bought me when I was in hospital a few years back.  Armand insisted on taking that one and when hubby got to the till he nearly had a heart attack. Now I use my bear in my photo shoots.

The little white bench my father made for me out of scraps of wood. I also use it in my photo shoots. Love to capture little ones sitting on it…

Teddy on bench in Black & White
Teddy

SAPS Cycle Tour 2012 in aid of SAPS Educational Trust fund : Day one

On 7 May 2012 the following people were on the road for a fund raising Cycle tour in aid of the SAPS Educational Trust fund.

The riders were:  Ronald Kuhn, Bernie de Kock, Jaco van der Merwe, Henry Waterson, Riaan Potgieter, Zelda Smuts, Wherner Smuts, Fanie Lombard, Rudie Swart, Karlien Kruger, Lester Shortels, Leon De Roubaix, Lau Schoonwinkel, Bauwer Schoonwinkel, Juan Pretorius and Anton Botes.

The support team and other role players that went on the tour were:

Support Vehicles: Gerhard Steyls, De Koker and then 2 of the riders took turns on the third vehicle.

Medical Team: Pierre van Zyl and Marietjie Snyman

Puppet shows: Erica Crous and Hester Bussio

Artist performing at schools on Route:  Hugo Nieuwoudt

Sound man  and driver of extra vehicle: Etienne Jonas

Sound and Lighting at concerts at schools: Ian Bossert and Yolanda Lottering

Rapairs and maintenance of  bicycles: Japie Scholtz

Photographer: Coreen Kuhn

We left Cape Gate Shopping  Centre at Brackenfell at 08:30 for our first stop on the Vissershok road. Here a few members of Durbanville SAPS made sure the riders got something to eat and drink.

Our next stop was Melkbosstrand were we had a light lunch and some tea and coffee to drink. The ladies who prepared the sandwiches really went through allot of trouble and it was divine.  A local creche came to sing for the us and were cheering and clapping when we got there.  After the Melkbosstrand SAPS wished us luck on our journey further the group assigned Karlien Kruger from Bok Radio to say something on behalf of the group.

Ronald helping Karlien

We left Melkbos strand for Atlantis, I did not go with the riders I went to take some photo’s of the concert and puppet show held at Atlantis. We caught up with the riders just after the concert. We then headed for Darling were we stayed at Darling Golf Estate for the night. The road between Atlantis and Darling was rolling hills and the road surface were not exactly very cycling friendly…  Haha I am so glad I decided just to be the photographer on the  tour. Maybe on the next one I’ll be a rider too. Who knows what the future hold in store for us.