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

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