Just a Random Photo: 23 July 2021

Postberg, West Coast National Park, South Africa

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 Have a fantastic day. Stay safe. Till next time

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 22 July 2021

Good day,

Well, today we are going back to 12 September 2013 when we visited The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. We got up just after 4:00am that morning and we left around 5:00am. It was about a 3 hour drive to the park from Upington. I did not know the road and I remember that it was very dark and cold that morning. We were so excited about our visit to the park that it felt like we were driving forever.

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a large wildlife preserve and conservation area in southern Africa . The park straddles the border between South Africa and Botswana and comprises two adjoining national parks:

  1. Kalahari Gemsbok National Park in South Africa
  2. Gemsbok National Park in Botswana

The total area of the park is 38,000 square kilometers (15,000 sq mi). Approximately three-quarters of the park lies in Botswana and one-quarter in South Africa. Kgalagadi means “place of thirst.”  In December 2015, media reports claimed that rights for gas-fracking in more than half of the Botswana portion of the park had been sold. The Botswana government later refuted these reports.

The park is located largely within the southern Kalahari Desert. The terrain consists of red sand dunes, sparse vegetation, occasional trees, and the dry riverbeds of the Nossob and Auob Rivers. The rivers are said to flow only about once per century. However, water flows underground and provides life for grass and Camelthorn trees growing in the river beds. The rivers may flow briefly after large thunderstorms.

The park has abundant, varied wildlife. It is home to large mammalian predators such as Lions, Cheetahs, African Leopards, and Hyenas. Migratory herds of large herbivores such as Blue wildebeest, Springbok, Eland, and Red Hartebeest also live and move seasonally within the park, providing sustenance for the predators. More than 200 species of bird can be found in the park, including Vultures and raptors such as Eagles, Buzzards, and Secretary birds.

Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Sunrise just outside the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Doors to the Botswana side of the park. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Southern Yellow-Billed Hornbill. Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Upington, Northern Cape South Africa

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

Grand Tour Of Scotland: On Route to Scrabster

Good day friends,

Day 6: 16 August 2019:Rosskeen Free Church

On our way to Scrabster we passed Rosskeen Free Church and we decided to have our breakfast here. Gail packed a delicious breakfast on the go for us. I was busy getting out of the car whet it stated raining and I had to wait for a gap to take photos.

The surroundings was so beautiful and if we had the time I would have stayed longer and wondered around a bit more.

Our rental car from Arnold Clark
Ham and cheese sandwich…. Yummee
Beautiful Views from Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
Beautiful Views from Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
Beautiful Views from Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
Beautiful Views from Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland

Rosskeen Free Church is a traditional stone-built church situated at the side of the A9, the main arterial road north.  It sits directly between Alness and Invergordon, on the right hand side as you go north.  Turn off the A9 and you’ll find the carpark on the other side of the church.  There has been a Free Church here since 1843 and the current building was opened in 1900.  

Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
Rosskeen Free Church of the A9, Alness, Scotland
The Forge, A9, Alness, Scotland
The Forge, A9, Alness, Scotland

After we had breakfast, I took some photos while dad updated our notes. We then continued on our journey to Scrabster. Not long after breakfast dad said he was thirsty and feel like a hot cup of coffee . Luckily for us we saw the sign for the Tall Pines Restaurant. We stopped in the parking lot and headed inside. We ended up buying cookies, chocolates, fudge and coffee….

Lifestyle Express, Helmsdale, Scotland

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels through Scotland. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen

Squared: 18 July 2021

Garden at Rheboks Kloof Wine Estate, Paarl, South Africa

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Saturday Landscapes: 17 July 2021

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Cape Town, South Africa

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Have a amazing Saturday.

Coreen

Squared: 16 July 2021

On Ferry on our way to Stornoway from Ullapool. Scotland

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 15 July 2021

We left the Augrabies Falls National Park and headed back to Azalea Guesthouse in Upington. Azalea Guesthouse was our base for the time we spend here in Upington and visiting the SANPARKS in the vicinity.

AAA Trust Sign, On Route to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
A church not exactly sure where? On route to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Jaloers Bokkie Bottle store, Marchand, Northern Cape, South Africa
Marchand, small town outside Augrabies Falls on route back to Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Vineyards at Triple D Farms, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Cement slabs to dry the raisins, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Sunset on our way back to our base in Upington
Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
Mom inspecting my room, Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa
The WC and shower in my room, Azalea Guesthouse, Upington, Northern Cape, South Africa

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

Squared: 15 July 2021

Stinkweed Flowers. Stonehill River Lodge, Swellendam, South Africa

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Squared: 14 July 2021

Views from Ferry. Ullapool to Stornoway, Scotland

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Grand Tour Of Scotland: On Route to Scrabster

Day 6: 16 August 2019: Dionard Guest House and Cromarty Bridge

Dionard Guest House

We had a lovely stay at Dionard Guest House.

Gail our hostess was very friendly and we felt very at home. I was running out of memory cards and she lend me her laptop so that I could transfer my photos from the cards to the external hard drive I took along.

We had to leave the guesthouse very early and could not sit down for breakfast. Gail packed us a breakfast to go. I will definitely go back to Dionard Guest house on my next visit.

Cromarty Bridge

The Cromarty Bridge is a road bridge over the Cromarty Firth. It first opened to traffic on 12 April 1979.

The bridge was built by Fairclough Civil Engineering Ltd, with other specialist contractors brought in to carry out surfacing, waterproofing and parapet construction work. It took two years to build by a 50-strong crew who worked in all seasons to get the job done.

The bridge is around a mile in length and the bridge deck sits on 67 piers with the foundation piles poured inside special coffer dams. Its design ensures that tidal flows in the Firth remain unchanged, protecting feeding grounds for migratory seabirds. 

Thank you very much for taking the time to join me on my travels through Scotland. I hope you enjoyed it just as much as I did.

Till next time, safe travels and keep dreaming.

Have a fabulous day.

Coreen