Tuesday Beach Vibes: 29 September 2020

Playtime at Melkbosstrand

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my work.
Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Flower of the day: 30 September 2020

Good morning everyone,

I can’t believe it is the last day of September 2020. Time surely flies when one is busy.

My Flower of the day is the Sea Pumpkin.

Sea Pumpkin
Sea Pumpkin
Cee’s Flower of the day Challenge

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work.

Till next time. Stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 30 September 2020

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 78/365

“Don’t let life discourage you; everyone who got where he is had to begin where he was.”

Richard L. Evans

My Affirmation for today: 30 September

“Any small reason to live is good enough.”

Ogies discovered the Garden

Good day everyone.

Hope you are all having a fantastic Tuesday.

Up to around a month ago, Ogies never went outside. She also hates her litterbox, and I have tried all kinds of sand. She is 15 years old, and for the last two years, she started doing her business anywhere but her litterbox.

Imagine my surprise when I looked through my son’s bedroom window and saw Ogies sitting outside in the sun. At first, I thought its a one-time thing. I haven’t cleaned up after her since that morning.

Every morning after she had her food, she goes outside and enjoys the sun. She only comes back inside to drink water and have a snack. Sometimes she goes to Armand’s room and sleeps on the couch or chair. In the afternoon, she will head outside again to catch the last rays of the sun.
I can’t express enough how grateful I am that she discovered the garden.

Ogies catching a snooze in the sun
Ogies
Ogies getting some Vitamin D
What are you looking at?
Ooooh I am soooo tired
Scratching a itch
Time to go inside for a snack and a drink…

Thank you for stopping by and reading my post.

Till next time. Please stay safe and healthy

Coreen

” If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Flower of the Day: 29 September – Gardenia

Gardenia / Katjiepiering
Gardenia / Katjiepiering

My Flower of the day is the Gardenia or as I know it Katjiepiering.

Growing up, we had a gardenia tree next to the front door. I can still smell the sweet scent of the flowers. My mother loved that tree, but it was not the best thing to have in your garden when you get hayfever.

In January, we went to Wolseley so that I can take some photos of the town. While walking, I smelled something very familiar and, there it was a Gardenia Tree.

FOTD – 29 September

Thank you for taking the time visiting my post.

Till next time. Stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

My Affirmation for today: 29 September

“I can achieve this goal and be happier and more fulfilled.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 77/365

” The miracle of gratitude is that it shifts your perception to such an extent that it changes the world you see.”

Dr Robert Holden

Shadow in the garden: Part 1

Hiding behind the Habanero plant.

Since Ruby’s passing and Buddy following me around the whole time, the garden is mainly unoccupied. Shadow now spends most of his days outside in the garden.

We live next to a busy street, and every time a big truck passes he’ll run inside. When we got him at six weeks, he was very skittish. If he hears a plastic bag or you put something down to hard he will run away.

Don’t think you can pick him up and calm him down. Oh no he will come to you if he wants to be picked up. I was the first one who could pick him up and cuddle with him. Every morning when Morne leaves for work, Shadow will jump on the bed and then it’s our cuddle time. He gets very upset when I also get up and start working. He will sit on the bed and miaau till I go and lie next to him for a few minutes.

Will share some more photos of Shadow at another time.

Thank you for taking the time to read my post and look at my photos.

Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Monochrome Monday: 28 September 2020

Good day everyone,

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend and are ready for the week.

I had trouble sleeping again last night. I think it was the excitement of all the movement on my website statistics. For the first time in years, I had more than 200 views on my site and had a look at the weeks, statistics and saw that my hard work is paying off.

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who takes the time to look at my work, like it, and leave a comment. I know I don’t always answer or approve your comments immediately, but I do get to it eventually.

Enough talk. I do not post a lot of Monochrome photos, but while lying awake, I decided why not post one on a Monday. There is such a nice ring to Monochrome Monday.

Door at St Magnus Cathedral

I took this photo while visiting St Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands. You will see the colored version when I do my post on St Magnus Cathedral.

Thank you for taking the time to have a look at my work.

Have a lovely Monday.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

My Affirmation for today: 28 September

” I understand that every relationship starts within me.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 76/365

” When it comes to life the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or take them with gratitude.”

G.K Chesterton

Flower of The Day: 27 September 2020

Dimorphotheca pluvialis / Reënblommetjie

My Flower of the day is Dimorphotheca pluvialis of Reënblommetjie as we know it.

Have a Blessed day everyone.

Coreen

” If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Silent Sunday: 27 September 2020

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 75/365

“Never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.”

Unknown

My Affirmation for today: 27 September

” I am worthy of love.”

My Affirmation for today: 26 September

“I know gratitude is a daily choice and I choose to be grateful.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 74/365

“When you fall in love with life, you have no resistance, and whatever you love appears in your life almost instantaneously.”

The Secret

Fauna and Flora Friday: 25 September 2020

Good morning,

Last night I could not sleep. My brain was in overdrive mode. I just could not shut down and go to sleep.

Yesterday I started reading up on organic vegetable gardens and, I think that is what triggered Fauna and Flora Friday.

Over the past few years, I have captured many birds, flowers, insects, and animals. Now is the perfect time for me to start identifying them.
Some of the photos that I am going to share you may have seen in other posts, but I will try to keep those to a minimum.

I aim to broaden my knowledge of flowers, plants, trees, animals, insects, and birds. I am still learning if I am wrong, forgive me and let me know so that I can correct my mistake. I will mainly work with the books I have on my bookshelf and google.

Nemesia affinis Leeubekkie
Nemesia affinis Leeubekkie
Nemesia affinis Leeubekkie

The following information I got from my Field Guide to Wild Flowers of South Africa by John Manning

Nemesia NEMESIA, LEEUBEKKIE

“Annual or perennial herbs, Leaves opposite, variously toothed. Flowers solitary in the axils on in loose, leafy racemes, combinations of white, yellow, orange, pink or blue.

Nemesia affinis: Annual herb to 30 cm, with elliptical to lance-shaped toothed leaves, and white, blue, yellow or sometimes red flowers, with oblong upper petals, a raised, cream-coloured to yellow palate with two velvety crests, and a pointed spur, 3-5mm long; fruit as long as or slightly longer and wide. You will find them on sandy and granite slopes and flats from southern Namibia to the Eastern Cape.”

I captured these photos in the West Coast National Park on 22 August 2015.

Thank you for taking the time to look at my my work and read my blog. Please feel free to leave a comment.

‘Anyone who stops learning is old, whether at twenty or eighty. Anyone who keeps learning stays young. The greatest thing in life is to keep your mind young.”

Henry Ford

My Affirmation for today: 25 September

“I release all negative energy that is holding me back.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 73/365

“No one who achieves success does so without the help of others. The wise and confident acknowledge this help with gratitude.”

Alfred North Whitehead

Throwback Thursday: 24 September

Greater Flamingos in the Langebaan Lagoon

Today we are going back in time to 22 August 2015 when I visited the West Coast National Park for the day. It was a beautiful sunshine day with clear views and blue skies.

I only started editing the photos a few weeks back. I have a new system when saving my photos. I name my photos with the flower name or animal name but realized that I forgot all that I have learned over the years. It’s like my brain is a blank.

Common Greenshank

In the past, my friend Jackie and I went to the West Coast National Park a lot. She is into birding, and I got to learn to love it too. I could also name a few birds then, but now I have to rely on my books and my Merlin App.

I have a few birding books on my wishlist and want to add them to my collection. I am also trying to brush up on my bird names and how to identify them.

Black Harrier

Have a blessed Thursday.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

My Affirmation for today: 24 September

“I am constantly growing into a better person.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 72/365

“Forget yesterday – it has already forgotten you. Don’t sweat tomorrow – you haven’t even met. Instead, open your eyes and your heart to a truly precious gift – today.”

Steve Maraboli

14 August 2019: Day 4 of our Grand Tour of Scotland: Part 6 – Dairsie Area

Good day everyone.

Todays post is not going to be too long.

We left St Andrews and headed towards Dairsie. I wanted to go see Dairsie Old Parish Church and then Dairsie Castle.

Dairsie Old Parish Church
Dairsie Old Parish Church
Dairsie Old Parish Church

After walking around at the Old Parish Church I got into the car to get the directions to Dairsie Castle. Google maps said I have arrived at my destination. The castle was next to the church.

Dairsie Castle is a restored tower house that is situated next to the River Eden. They started building the first castle on the property around 1298. The Scottish parliament was held in the castle in early 1335. The castle was rebuilt in the 16th century by the Learmonth family.

In the 17th century it was sold to John Spottiswoode (1565–1639), Archbishop of St Andrews, who built Dairsie Old Church next to the castle in 1621.

For more information on Dairsie Castle please visit their website. Today it is being rented out as a Self Catering Castle.

I asked the grounds keeper if I could take some photos of the Castle and she said it was okay I could take a quick walk around the garden.

Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle
Dairsie Castle

Our next stop was Pittormie Fruit Farm. What I had in mind when I planned this stop was a big farm with fruit trees with a restaurant and farmstall. I drove past twice looking for the entrance to the farm. Dad spotted the sign when we drove past. It was a small little shop with handmade goodies. We bought some strawberries and something to drink and got back on the road to our next stop.

Pittormie Fruit Farm
Pittormie Fruit Farm
Pittormie Fruit Farm
House next to Pittormie Fruit Farm

Our next stop was Thai Teak. I scheduled this as a tea break. When we arrived we walked around a bit and then headed inside for a lovely cup of tea.

Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak
Thai Teak

Thank you for joining us on our Grand Tour of Scotland.

Our next stop is the beautiful Dundee.

Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“If you can dream it, you can do it.”

Walt Disney

Wordless Wednesday: 23 September

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 71/365

“There is a calmness to a life lived in gratitude, a quiet joy.”

Ralph H. Blum

My Affirmation for today: 23 September

” I love myself always and completely.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 70/365

“Don’t take life too seriously. Learn how to be happy instead.”

Unknown

My Affirmation for Today: 22 September

“I am my own superhero.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 69/365

“Through the eyes of gratitude, everything is a miracle.”

Mary Davis

My Affirmation for today: 21 September

“I can take things one step at a time.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 68/365

“I’ve found in my life that the easiest way to increase my joy is to religiously practice gratitude until I’m a gratitude machine.”

Rhonda Byrne

My Affirmation for today: 20 September

“I create peace in my mind and heart.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 67/365

“When we focus on our gratitude, the tide of disappointment goes out and the tide of love rushes in.”

Kristin Armstrong

My Affirmation for today: 19 September

“I am releasing all my fears and worries.”

My Photo Someone’s Words/Quote: 66/365

“Life is truly a gift. You don’t know what is in store each morning. Accept whatever you get with love. Because that is written in your destiny. That is life’s only melody.”

Unknown

My Affirmation for today: 18 September

“I am worthy of positive relationships in my life.”

My Photo Someones Words/Quote: 65/365

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

Unknown

My Affirmation for today: 17 September

“I am Fearless.”

Wordless Wednesday:16 September 2020

My Photo Someones Words/Quote: 64/365

“Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgement, self-abuse and regret.”

Don Miguel Ruiz

My Affirmation for today: 16 September

“I see my struggles as opportunities to learn.”

My Affirmation for today: 15 September

“I deserve happiness.”

My Photo Someones Words/Quote: 63/365

“Successful people don’t waste their time looking at what others are doing, they’re too busy focusing on their own goals.”

Law of Attraction

My Photo Someones Words/Quote: 62/365

“If everything was perfect, you would never learn and you would never grow.”

Unknown

My Affirmation for today: 14 September

” I trust my intuition and follow my heart.”

My Affirmation for today: 13 September

“Life is Beautiful.”

My Photo Someones Words/Quote: 61/365

“Be Grateful for every second of every day that you get to spend with the people you love. Life is so very precious.”

Unknown