Goodbye 2020, Hello 2021….

Good day everyone,

I have been reading post here on WordPress, and also on my other social media. 95% of the posts are negative and everyone wishes the year to end. In the same breath a lot of the people don’t have much hope for 2021.

My take on 2020 and Covid 19 Lockdown.

Yes there was negative impact on families also, businesses closed, families lost income and some lost loved ones. But let’s look at the bigger picture. There was some positive also. But us humans always look past all the opportunities and positives in live.

Here are just a few of the positives:

It gave us time to reconnect with our families. Parents got to spend time with their children. Children got to spend time with their parents.

It gave us time to get into shape. We could exercise at home.

It gave us the time to try out some new recipes and eat home cooked meals.

It gave us time to get rid of bad habits. Like smoking and excessive drinking. (here in South Africa the sale of Alcohol and Cigarettes was banned.)

For those who never had the time to clean out their cupboards and garages it gave them the opportunity to do just that.

It gave nature a chance to reset.

Covid 19 Lockdown did not really affect my daily routine (because I never had one). I work from home and are use to spending my days here.

The positives out way the negatives for 2020 and Covid 19 Lockdown.

Negatives:

I could not do any shoots and like many others I did not have an income.

I could not visit my dad when he was in hospital.

I could not travel.

Positives:

I started my Diploma in Photography.

I got into a daily routine.

I started making time to read again.

I went through my archives and found edit work from 2015. I still have enough to keep me busy for 2021.

I started making my inspirational cards again. I love sharing them with everybody

I started spending more time in my garden.

I grabbed the opportunity to take plenty photos of my pets, my garden, birdlife and document the growth of my plants from seedlings to flowering plants.

I started blogging again and I am loving every second of it.

My blog views went up by +40k. I am so blessed, grateful and super excited.

2021 I am ready for you!

My new years resolution is to continue to build on all the positives of 2020.

In 2021 I want to write and post more blogs. I am just thinking of a few more themes. I have thousands of photos I haven’t yet edited and shared with you.

In 2021 I would love to visit more nature reserves and gardens in and around the Western Cape and of course take millions of photos documenting the outings.

My Inspirational books for 2021
This is where the magic happen.

A big thank you hug to each and everyone who liked, viewed and followed my blog during 2020. Without your support I would not have gone this far.

A special thanks go out to my Father who always encourage me to write more blogs. He always asks me if I am going to put the photos on the internet.

To my two boys Armand and Lian for always supporting me. You are my pillars of strength.

To Desiree (my fiancé’s daughter), thank you for all the cups of coffee, tea and lunches you made for me while I was editing.

To my fiancé, Morné. Thank you for your support and your patients when I just want to write a quick blog. We all know it takes hours….

Then last but not least. To my Heavenly Father. Thank you for always having my back. Thank you for giving me the talent to capture all the beautiful landscapes, flowers, birds, insects, animals and people.

My wish for each and everyone is to have a Blessed 2021, and that you will live your life to the fullest.

Big hug

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 31 December 2020

Good day everyone,

This is the last Throwback Thursday for 2020…. Looking forward to sharing many more posts with you in 2021.

We continue our Tour De Sanparks and we are revisiting 10 September 2013. Today we enter the Goegap Nature Reserve just outside of Springbok. Over next few posts we will travel through the park.

The Goegap Nature Reserve is a semi-desert nature reserve in Northern Cape, South Africa, 8 km (5.0 mi) east of Springbok. Livestock used to graze on the land and was proclaimed in 1966 as a reserve. In 1969 it was fenced in and, wildlife was introduced shortly afterward. Originally known as the Hester Malan Nature Reserve.

After several extensions, the park currently covers an area of 150 km2 (58 sq mi). The name Goegap comes from the Khoekhoe word for “watering hole.” Goegap is part of the Succulent Karoo transitioning into the Namaqualand Broken Veld, with an average rainfall of 150 mm (5.9 in) per anum. The temperatures are extreme, including frost in the winter and temperatures over 40 °C (104 °F) in the summer.

The area includes mountains, the highest is Carolusberg at 1,345 m (4,413 ft), and wide, sandy plains. The main attraction is the desert bloom covering the sand with flowers in the spring provided enough winter rain. August and September are the most popular months to visit. Approximately 600 plant species, 45 mammal species, 94 types of birds including, the Ostrich, and Megafauna such as oryx, klipspringer, duiker, and Hartmann’s mountain zebras call the park home. Other wildlife includes smaller mammals, 26 reptile species, and 3 amphibian species.

There are roads for sedan cars and tracks for 4×4 in the reserve. The Hester Malan Wild Flower Garden has an information library with valuable resources on the succulent plants of the Namaqualand, to accompany the planted, labeled examples of those succulents. Trails ranging in length from four to twelve km start from the parking lot.

Oryx
Oryx
Oryx
Quiver Tree
Quiver Tree

That’s it for now, friends. Thank you very much for traveling back in time with me.

Have a fabulous day. 

Keep safe and healthy.

Coreen

“A picture is worth a thousand words, but a memory is priceless.” ~ Unknown

What’s In My Garden? #113

Parsley (2020/10/14)

“Watching something grow is good for morale. It helps us believe in life.” ~Myron S. Kaufman

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me in exploring our garden.

Till next time, please stay safe and healthy. Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 170/365

Good Morning,

Hope you had a peaceful night. Here is my quote for today.

“Never use your past or circumstances as a reason not to be your best. Always try to flourish even if your circumstances are not what you wanted.” ~ Coreen Kuhn

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to read my quote for today.

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 31 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“I joyfully embrace each new day with gratitude.”

“I joyfully embrace each new day with gratitude.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

Cactus: 30 December 2020

Every morning on my way to dad’s Granny flat, I walk past the cactus and tell myself I must take a photo. Every day I forget. Well this morning I stopped took out my phone and took the photos.

Photos taken with my Huawei P30 lite and I made use of StoryMakers Fresh templates.

Thank you for your support and taking the time to look at my post.

Coreen

Just a Random Photo: 30 December 2020

Todays photo was taken at Sonstraaldam.

Cute White Pekin Ducklings.

Thank you for your continued support and taking the time to look at my post.

Kind regards,

Coreen

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 30 December 2020

Good day friends,

Hope everyone is still happy and healthy.

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

White Rose

White Rose, Strooidak Church, Paarl

lowers are the music of the ground. From earth’s lips spoken without sound” ~Edwin Curran

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

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

What’s In My Garden? #112

Ogies (2020/10/14)

“Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience.”  ~ Ralph Waldo Emmerson

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me in exploring our garden.

Till next time, please stay safe and healthy. Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Wordless Wednesday: 30 December 2020

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

Have a fabulous day. Till next time, please stay safe and healthy.

Coreen