” 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….
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
“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
“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
“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
“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
“Take care of all your memories. For you cannot relive them.” Bob Dylan
“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” Oprah Winfrey
“Success each day should be judged by the seeds sown, not the harvest reaped.” John C. Maxwell
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.
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….
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.