Counting down the days…. Scotland are you ready?

Hi everyone,

Well now it is getting real…. Last week we got our visas, yesterday I finished our detailed itinerary and today it’s 26 days before we depart for Scotland.

You are going to think I am crazy, but I have packed my suitcase and weighed it. Unpacked it and put everything together. I have plenty of kilograms left for gifts and information leavelets….

I have made my checklists for what to buy for trip and what to pack. Tomorrow I am buying the last few things then I am ready to start packing and go and explore beautiful Scotland and the Outer Hebrides.

I worked on our detailed itinerary in the early mornings before I start working, during my lunch hour, at night after we had supper and over the weekends. Did research, draw up a list of places I would like to capture and visit. Over a period of nearly 6 month’s of adding and removing places. Changing our routes to cover as much as possible I am finally finished…

Now I am busy drafting my travel blog so that I can just add photos and some details of what happend on the day. Our days are going to be packed and I will only post late at night or very early the next morning. So to save time do drafts to make it a bit easier for me.

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

“If you can dream it you can do it.” Walt Disney

50 Days!!!

Oh my word today only 50 days left before Dad and I fly to Scotland.

On Wednesday we applied and submitted al our documents for our UK visas. I am a bit nervous. I have heard stories of 3 different people that had applied and 3 months later still no passport at the Visa offices. The one lady had a flight for 13h00 and by 10h00 she still did not have her passport and visa….

On the notice boards and website it says 15 days…. I pray that ours will go smoothly….

I spend about 6 weeks researching all the places we would like to go and explore. Now I have a huge but exciting task ahead of me. Working out our route from town to town including all our stops and also allowing time for some extra stops not on our list. According to my research it only gets dark late at night that suits me perfectly. More time to capture the different sights. I hope to finish this over the next two weekends…

We are super excited about our holiday in Scotland. Can’t wait…

“If you can dream it you can do.” Walt Disney

Morgan’s Baptism

Little Princess Morgan was born on 11 August 2015. She was born on 27 weeks and only weight 700g. We had a private Baptism for her in January 2016. m1 m2 m3 m4 m5 m6m7 m8

Red Moon

Leaving just after midnight on 1 July 2015

I cannot believe that more than a year ago my parents and I started planning our holiday….  Unfortunately my husband won’t be joining us on this adventure but I am feeling very blessed to have this opportunity to spend time with my parents and my two wonderful boys.

My aim on this holiday is to visit and photograph as many little towns as possible…. Dad made a 15 page tour description of all the little towns on our circle route. I will be trying to post from my phone if I have reception.

We leave Kraaifontein on 1 July 2015 and will be travelling about 960 km Kimberley. On 2 July we will visit Kimberley big hole and if we have time I want to visit a small town not far from here.

On 3 July we will be leaving for Bakubung in the Pilanesberg. This trip will be approx 740 km. We will be staying here for a few days. Visiting Sun City and a few towns surrounding  Pilanesberg.

We will be leaving very early on the 10th of July because we have to cover 1264 km to Aberdeen where

we will be staying the night. On this route there is allot of small towns and I will not be able to visit them all, so we will have to see what towns we will be stopping by. Affordable Accommodation was a problem and Aberdeen was the only place left who could accommodate us.

The 11th we will head back home via Route 62. We will be covering another 705 km on our last day.

The boys and I are ready and everything is packed. My camera and batteries was first on the list of things to pack. I am super excited and cannot wait. I am literally counting the hours. Tomorrow is going to be extra long…

 

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Looking forward to sharing all the photo’s and stories with you. I am going to keep a log and will write in it every evening so that I don’t forget anything. My boys are growing up very fast and time spend with them and my parents are very special to me.

Sonskynfees 2015: Dirk van der Westhuizen

 

Dirk van der Westhuizen is a very talented singer/songwriter from Pretoria. He had everybody on their feet dancing during his performance. To be honest I was exhausted  just looking at him jumping up and down on stage…  Sooo much energy….

He wrote his first song at age 12. In 2012 Dirk shot to fame when he recorded his South African version of the Gangnam Style. He received millions of hits on You Tube.

Here some of the photo’s taken of her at the Sonskynfees.

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Sonskynfees 2015: Wynand and Cheree Strydom

I met and photographed Wynand and Cheree for the first time in 2007 at the Varingfees with my little Pentax camera. Since then I have had the honor of capturing them on more than one occasion.  These two artists has got hearts of gold.

This duo couple have a very full live. They are blessed with two beautiful daughters and both have their separate singing/songwriting careers also.  Little Taylor-Hope joined her mommy on stage at the Sonskynfees. She stole many hearts with her performance.

For more information on Wynand and Cheree please visit their websites. Cheree , Wynand and lastly the duo’s Facebook Page Wynand and Cheree

Here are some of the photo’s taken of her at the Sonskynfees.

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Sonskynfees 2015: Steve Hofmeyr in Black and White

Steve Hofmeyr (born 29 August 1964) is a South African singer, songwriter and actor. He is an activist for Afrikaner rights in South Africa, and has been involved in several controversies throughout his professional career.

Hofmeyr married actress Natasha Sutherland, whom he had met on the set of Egoli: Place of Gold in 1998, they had two sons, Sebastian, born 13 December 2001 and Benjamin, born later. Hofmeyr also has three other children by other women. The couple was divorced after reports of numerous affairs dominated Hofmeyr’s time in the spotlight in 2008. Hofmeyr married Janine van der Vyver on 26 January 2014. In 2008, Janine van der Vyver, a fitness instructor, revealed they had been seeing each other for 10 years.

Hofmeyr’s grandfather was Steve Hofmeyr Sr., a leader in the Ossewabrandwag.

In January 2007, there were reports that one branch of the News Cafe restaurant chain would not play Hofmeyr’s song Pampoen (“Pumpkin”). The managing director of the company that owns the franchise denies that this is company policy and points out that many Afrikaans acts, such as Karen Zoid and Arno Carstens have performed at News Cafe.

In 2011, he made public that he supports the organisation “Expedition for Afrikaner Self-Determination” (Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, OASE). OASE describes itself as an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination in compliance with the international law and the guidelines of the international community. He is an avid pro-Afrikaner but mentioned that he maintains a moderate political stance in an OASE public relations video.

Hofmeyr was heavily criticised after performing the former South African national anthem, Die Stem, at a cultural festival known as Innibos in Nelspruit in July 2014.He went on to perform the anthem on international tours, and encouraged South Africans to continue singing it, stating that it did not contain any form of hate speech.

In October 2014, Hofmeyr wrote and published a tweet stating that he believed that black South Africans were the “architects of apartheid” on his public Twitter account. This prompted a significant public backlash. One of Hofmeyr’s critics was puppeteer Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing, who launched a campaign calling on companies to stop sponsoring Hofmeyr. On 27 November 2014, Hofmeyr failed to acquire a final protection order against Koch and his puppet in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Hofmeyr has given statements indicative of an apartheid denialist which has led various journalists and public figures to label him a “disgrace to South Africa”

Information of Steve Hofmeyr as quoted from Wikipedia

Here are some of the photo’s I’ve taken at the 2015 Sonskynfees.

 

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Sonskynfees 2015: Steve Hofmeyr

Steve Hofmeyr (born 29 August 1964) is a South African singer, songwriter and actor. He is an activist for Afrikaner rights in South Africa, and has been involved in several controversies throughout his professional career.

Hofmeyr married actress Natasha Sutherland, whom he had met on the set of Egoli: Place of Gold in 1998, they had two sons, Sebastian, born 13 December 2001 and Benjamin, born later. Hofmeyr also has three other children by other women. The couple was divorced after reports of numerous affairs dominated Hofmeyr’s time in the spotlight in 2008. Hofmeyr married Janine van der Vyver on 26 January 2014. In 2008, Janine van der Vyver, a fitness instructor, revealed they had been seeing each other for 10 years.

Hofmeyr’s grandfather was Steve Hofmeyr Sr., a leader in the Ossewabrandwag.

In January 2007, there were reports that one branch of the News Cafe restaurant chain would not play Hofmeyr’s song Pampoen (“Pumpkin”). The managing director of the company that owns the franchise denies that this is company policy and points out that many Afrikaans acts, such as Karen Zoid and Arno Carstens have performed at News Cafe.

In 2011, he made public that he supports the organisation “Expedition for Afrikaner Self-Determination” (Onafhanklike Afrikaner Selfbeskikkingsekspedisie, OASE). OASE describes itself as an advocacy group for Afrikaner self-determination in compliance with the international law and the guidelines of the international community. He is an avid pro-Afrikaner but mentioned that he maintains a moderate political stance in an OASE public relations video.

Hofmeyr was heavily criticised after performing the former South African national anthem, Die Stem, at a cultural festival known as Innibos in Nelspruit in July 2014.He went on to perform the anthem on international tours, and encouraged South Africans to continue singing it, stating that it did not contain any form of hate speech.

In October 2014, Hofmeyr wrote and published a tweet stating that he believed that black South Africans were the “architects of apartheid” on his public Twitter account. This prompted a significant public backlash. One of Hofmeyr’s critics was puppeteer Conrad Koch and his puppet Chester Missing, who launched a campaign calling on companies to stop sponsoring Hofmeyr. On 27 November 2014, Hofmeyr failed to acquire a final protection order against Koch and his puppet in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court.

Hofmeyr has given statements indicative of an apartheid denialist which has led various journalists and public figures to label him a “disgrace to South Africa”

Information of Steve Hofmeyr as quoted from Wikipedia

Here are some of the photo’s I’ve taken at the 2015 Sonskynfees.

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Sonskynfees 2015: Suzanne

Suzanne is another one of our local Female Vocalists.  She is very down to earth and has a heart of gold.

She started singing at a young age and in 1997 at the age of 11 she launched her first album On top of the world. In 1998 she made her debut appearance on Noot vir Noot one of South Africa’s most loved television shows. Since then she was a very busy girl. She launched 6 albums and also recorded a song with Snotkop.

For more information on this talented lady please visit her Facebook Page

Here are some of the photo’s taken of her at the Sonskynfees.

 

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