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

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 169/365

Good Morning,

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

“Over thinking will destroy your happiness and your mood. It’ll make everything worse than it actually is. Take a deep breath, exhale and have faith. What’s meant to be will be.” ~Unknown

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 30 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“ I am thankful to be looking forward to all the fun and success in my life.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

Just a Random Photo: 29 December 2020

White Pekin Ducks, Sonstraaldam

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: 29 December 2020

Good morning everyone,

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Rose

“Minds are like flowers, they open only when the time is right.” ~Stephen Richards

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? #111

Habanero (2020/10/14)

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers & plants as paint ,and the soil and sky as canvas.”   ~ Elizabeth Murray

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

Tuesday Beach Vibes: 29 December 2020

Melkbosstrand Beach

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

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 168/365

Good Morning,

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

“Let everything you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

“Let everything you do be done in love.” 1 Corinthians 16:14

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 29 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“Whatever has happened, and whatever does happen, I’m certain that I can be grateful again.”

“Whatever has happened, and whatever does happen, I’m certain that I can be grateful again.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

What was on My Wishlist for Christmas?

This year I only wanted books for Christmas. Inspirational as well as books that will help me to identify plants, trees, birds, insects, mushrooms and much more…

I love books that inspire me and help me to become a better person. I am so glad Father Christmas got my letter…

Yesterday I covered all my books in plastic so that they are protected. I also started reading The Power. Feeling inspired already.

My collection of The Secret by Rhonda Byrne is nearly finished. Just need Hero and her newest The Greatest Secret.

It is my birthday next month, maybe I will get lucky and can complete my collection.

Photos taken with my Huawei P30 lite and I made use of StoryStar’s Foilage templates.

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 28 December 2020

Good day friends

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Wild Geranium

Wild Geranium, Kirstenbosch, Western Cape

If we could see the miracle of a single flower clearly our whole life would change.”  ~Buddha

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? #110

Rock Rose, White Mexican Rose – Echeveria elegans (2020/10/09)

” A garden should be in a constant state of fluid change, expansion, experiment, adventure; above all, it should be an inquisitive, loving, but self-critical journey on the part of its owner.”   ~HE Bates

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

Just a random photo: 28 December 2020

Good morning everyone,

I Hope you all had a good nights sleep. I slept like a log.

Today’s random photo was taken on Christmas day.

Morgan and Ogies

I captured the photo with my Huawei P30 lite and I used my Story Maker App for template.

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

Kind regards,

Coreen

Monochrome Monday: 28 December 2020

Flames Dancing in the Firepit

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

Till next time, stay safe and healthy.

Coreen

“Black and White photography erases time from the equation.”  ~Jason Peterson

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 167/365

Good Morning,

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

“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.” ~Unknown

“Don’t think about what can happen in a month. Don’t think about what can happen in a year. Just focus on the 24 hours in front of you and do what you can to get closer to where you want to be.” ~Unknown

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 28 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“I welcome all of the ways the universe wants to bless me.”

“I welcome all of the ways the universe wants to bless me.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 27 December 2020

Good day everyone,

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Yellow Pincushion

Yellow Pincushion, Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  ~Luther Burbank

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

Silent Sunday: 27 December 2020

Muizenberg

“Silence is a source of great strength.” ~Lao Tzu

What’s In My Garden? #109

Spekboom (2020/10/14)

“Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden.”  ~Unknown

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

Sunday Portraits: 27 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

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 166/365

Good Morning,

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

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong.” Ephesians 2:19-22

“Whenever you feel unloved, unimportant or insecure, remember to whom you belong.” Ephesians 2:19-22

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 27 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“I choose to be thankful for the light of this new morning, and for renewed energy and strength to be who I know, I can be.”

“I choose to be thankful for the light of this new morning, and for renewed energy and strength to be who I know, I can be.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

The day after Christmas:26 December 2020

Good day friends,

This morning I was drinking my coffee and, doing some light reading when a thought popped into my head to go to the beach today. Not long after Mornè asked me what are we going to do today. I told him maybe we must go to Yzerfontein for the day.

He then said the beaches are closed. I googled and saw the beaches was open here in the Western Cape. So we headed to Tableview and walked all the way to Blaauwberg.

We walked 8.12 km this morning. After our walk we went to lunch and ended our day with a nice ice-cream.

Today I left my camera at home. So I took a few photos with my Huawei P30 lite.

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

Coreen

What’s In My Garden? #108

Baby Blue Hydrangea (2020/10/14)

Baby Blue Hydrangea
Baby Blue Hydrangea
Baby Blue Hydrangea
Baby Blue Hydrangea

“Gardening is the art that uses flowers & plants as paint ,and the soil and sky as canvas.”   ~ Elizabeth Murray

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

Saturday Landscapes: 26 December 2020

Good day,

Photos was taken on our Grand Tour of Scotland in August 2019.

On Route to Melvich Castle

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

Have a amazing Saturday.

Coreen

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 165/365

Good Morning,

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

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~ Edwin Arlington Robinson

“Two kinds of gratitude: The sudden kind we feel for what we take; the larger kind we feel for what we give.” ~ Edwin Arlington Robinson

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 26 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“I am appreciative, that I feel worthy and deserving of all the good coming to me.”

“I am appreciative, that I feel worthy and deserving of all the good coming to me.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

What’s In My Garden? #107

Shadow (2020/10/14)

“We may think we are nurturing our garden, but of course it’s our garden that is really nurturing us.” ~Jenny Uglow

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: 164/365

Good Morning,

Hope you had a peaceful night. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas. Here is my quote for today.

“The Secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.” ~Unknown

“The Secret of being happy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every day.” ~Unknown

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 25 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“Peace begins with me. The more peaceful I am inside, the more peace I have to share with others. World peace does begin with me.”

“Peace begins with me. The more peaceful I am inside, the more peace I have to share with others. World peace does begin with me.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

Merry Christmas

Good morning everyone,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody for all your likes, views, follows, and comments. I am grateful to have a blogging family that supports me. Thank you very much. I really appreciate your support.

I am sending up a prayer for those who have lost a loved one during the year. I pray that you will find peace and consolation.

I am also sending up a special prayer for those who lost their jobs during the year. My wish for you is that you will land back on your feet soon. Just keep believing.

Wishing everyone a Blessed Christmas.

Big Hug…

Coreen

What’s In My Garden? #106

Coriander (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

Throwback Thursday: 24 December 2020

Good day everyone,

Today we are going back to 10 September 2013. Today we start our second day of our Tour de Sanparks.
Before we leave for Goegap Nature Reserve just outside Springbok, we are walking the streets of Springbok.

Springbok is the largest town in the Namaqualand area in the Northern Cape province of South Africa.

The town was founded on the farm Melkboschkuil when Kowie Cloete sold it in 1852 to establish a copper mine. In 1862 the town of Springbokfontein was laid out. The -fontein (fountain) was dropped in later years.

Springbok experiences low levels of air humidity, limited soil moisture, and severe sunshine throughout the year. This often arid area is home to seasonal vegetation and drought-resistant succulents like the kokerboom which have adapted to the harsh conditions to survive.

The streets lead off from a central little koppie (hill) which now shows off Namaqualand’s strange flora, such as the almost leafless Quiver tree whose branches were used by San people to hold their arrows. This area is famed for the incredible transformation which occurs every spring, when the near-lifeless scrubland explodes into color from thousands of flowers hidden in the dry dusty earth, brought to life by winter rains.

Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom
Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom
Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom
Cactus
Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom
Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom
Black Rock Rose Tree
Black Rock Rose Tree

Monument Koppie, a small hill situated in the center of town, remains a historical site and landmark. While most of this area was destroyed by dynamite, planted by a commando, led by General Jan Smuts, some of the remains still stand today.

Aloidendron dichotomum, formerly Aloe dichotoma, the quiver tree or kokerboom

“It’s the little memories that will last a lifetime.”  ~Unknown

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

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 163/365

Good Morning,

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

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” ~Dalai Lama

“When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen, you may learn something new.” ~Dalai Lama

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

My Affirmation for Today: 24 December

Good Morning,

Repeat Affirmation throughout the day.

“I accept my burdens and I accept my blessings, and so I transform my burdens into my blessings.”

“I accept my burdens and I accept my blessings, and so I transform my burdens into my blessings.”

Thank you for stopping by.

Have a fantastic day.

Coreen

Cornflower: 23 December 2020

Two Shades of Purple

Photos taken with my Huawei P30 lite.

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen

Captured Doors and Windows: 23 December 2020

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” ~Alexander Graham Bell

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

Cee’s Flower Of The Day Challenge: 23 December 2020

Good morning friends,

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Felicia aethiopica, Bloublommetjie

“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.”  ~Luther Burbank

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? #105

Ogies (2020/10/14)

“Never underestimate the healing power of a quiet moment in the garden.”  ~Unknown

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: 23 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

My Photo Someone’s Quote: 162/365

Good Morning,

Here is my quote for today.

“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” ~Buddha

“There is no path to happiness. Happiness is the path.” ~Buddha

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

Have a Blessed day.

Coreen