Silent Sunday: 18 April 2021

Greater Double-collared, Sunbird, West Coast National Park

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

Squared: 18 April 2021

House in West Coast National Park

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

Saturday Landscapes: 17 April 2021

View of Lionshead from Signal Hill

“The landscape affects the human psyche – the soul, the body and the innermost contemplations – like music. Every time you feel nature deeper you resonate better with her, finding new elements of balance and freedom.” ~Nikos Kazantzakis

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

Have a amazing Saturday.

Coreen

Throwback Thursday: 15 April 2021

Today and over the next few weeks we are going back to our visit to the Augrabies Falls National Park on 11 September 2013

Augrabies Falls National Park is a national park located around the Augrabies Falls, about 120 km west of Upington in the Northern Cape Province, South Africa. It was established in 1966.

The Augrabies Falls National Park covers an area of 820 km² and stretches along the Orange River. The area is very arid. The waterfall is about 60 meters high and is awe-inspiring when the river is in flood. The gorge below the falls averages about 240 m deep and runs for 18 kilometers. The gorge provides an impressive example of erosion into a granitic basement.

Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Wild Tamarisk, Augrabies Falls National Park
Mom, Augrabies Falls National Park
Mom and Dad exploring, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Cape Robin Chat, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassies, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassies, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassies, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassies, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Rock Dassies, Hyrax, Augrabies Falls National Park
Augrabies Falls National Park
Weaver Nest, Augrabies Falls National Park

“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

Squared: 14 April 2021

Ceannabeinne, Scotland

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: 13 April 2021

Good day friends,

I hope that you all are still happy and healthy.

Here is my contribution for Cee’s FOTD Challenge.

Watsonia borbonica

Watsonia borbonica, Durbanville Nature Reserve

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

With all my heart, Thank You for your ongoing support and for taking the time to have a look at my post.

Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Grand Tour Of Scotland: Alford #2

Day 5: 15 August 2019 – Exploring Alford

While exploring Alford one of the places on my list was the Alford Valley Railway Museum. When we got there it was closed for business. I must say I was very disappointed. I was looking forward to visit and ride on the train. I took some photos of the grounds although there was not much to see.

Alford Valley Railway Museum

The construction of the Alford Valley Railway began in 1856 and the line opened in 1859. It ran in a westerly direction from Kintore, a station on the line from Aberdeen to Inverness. The line served Kemnay Quarry and three other granite quarries in the area.

The current station building is on the site of the original granite structure which was demolished after British Rail closed the line. The passenger platform is the original. A small railway museum is housed in the railway station building. The original locomotive shed was situated to the east of the station but this has also now been demolished. To the west of the station the granite carriage shed of the previous railway is now used by the Alford Valley Railway.

Alford Valley Railway, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Valley Railway, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Valley Railway, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Valley Railway Museum in background. Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden

Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden

In 1998 at the instigation of Alford and District Rotary Club an adhoc committee consisting of representatives from all the local voluntary organizations was established. Their purpose was to create a lasting memorial to the start of the new millennium. Suggestions was made and they decided on a sculpture garden.

The land was provided by Aberdeenshire Council and the artist Louise Gardner did the layout of the garden and also created the sculptures. A local quarrying company was asked to provide pieces of Corrennie Granite which they kindly donated and conveyed to the Scottish Sculpture Workshop at Lumsden.

The garden was officially opened on 25 October 2003.

The largest stone shows a family group whit the man leading his wife and child into the new millennium. The man looking back to the second stone where domestic animals represent agriculture on which Alford was founded. When the railway reached the Village it became the natural gathering point for livestock and produce from surrounding farms destined for markets in the south.

Stone 1: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 1: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 1: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 2: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 2: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

The various animals and birds on the third Stone represent nature on which all of life depends.

Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Stone 3: Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Children at Alford Academy were asked to create clay shields displaying some aspect of Alford or its surroundings that appealed to them. The shields, also, were taken to Lumsden where the Workshop used them to form molds for the castings of the bronzes which can be seen set into the pavement.

Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Alford Millennium Sculpture Garden, Alford, Aberdeenshire, 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

Just a Random Photo: 13 April 2021

Melkbosstrand Road

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 Have a fantastic day. Stay safe. Till next time

Coreen

Squared: 13 April 2021

Red-Knobbed Coot, Sonstraaldam

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Stay safe and healthy. Till next time.

Have a Fabulous day.

Coreen

Just a Random Photo: 12 April 2021

Ocean from Ferry

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 Have a fantastic day. Stay safe. Till next time

Coreen