Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 4 of 10

The morning of dad’s birthday I woke up very early to capture the sunrise and to prepare his birthday breakfast.

It was so peaceful and quiet. Just before sunrise the birds started singing and flying from one protea tree to the next one. Unfortunately I could not capture them because I was busy with breakfast and had to go inside and check on the progress from time to time…

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work. Hope you enjoyed the sunrise just as much as I did.

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

Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 3 of 10

Nothing beats a glass of gin, cranberry juice and tonic while sitting and enjoying the sounds and views before sunset….

Birds calling to one another while getting ready for bed… Even the insects are more noisy than during the day…

Then there is my dad collecting extra wood so that we can make a “geselsvuurtjie” as he calls it. Let me explain this is the fire that is made after the food is finished and we all gather around the fire and sit and talk… These are precious times that I will cherish for the rest of my life….

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

“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

Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 2 of 10

We visited Berghoff Fynbos Farm in December 2018 to celebrate dad’s birthday.

The road to the house was not really suitable for a sedan but we made it. When we got there the house was open and we could just walk in. I thought it was going to be very warm inside the house, but it was refreshing and cool… We sorted out the sleeping arrangements and started unpacking the car and got settled.

We then went outside to drink a cooldrink on the stoop and waited for my dad, brother and his wife and kids. They only came through a bit later.

The views however from the stoop was gorgeous and the first thing I unpacked was my camera and started clicking away…

After drinking my cooldrink I grabbed my camera and went exploring. I just could not sit still and admire the views from the stoop any longer. It was like an invisible hand pushed me to go and explore…

Now as you all know I love capturing flowers and beautiful landscapes. Berghoff Fynbos Farm surely don’t have shortage of both. The dam or pond what ever you like to call it was the focal point of most of my photo’s during the weekend and I promise you you will have seen it from different angels by the time we reach post 10 of our weekend.

I hope you enjoy my walk with me…. Oh and if you see the photo of a stick. Look closely it is not a stick… I was taking photos of a flower when the stick walked over the pathway underneath the flower. The sudden movement startled me a bit until I saw it was a stick insect.

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

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

Quick photo stop at Vygeboomdam

During school holidays my boyfriends daughter come visit us. I always try to take her out at least twice a week.

Although I have alot of editing work waiting at home I also take my camera with and well you guessed it make some more edit work for myself. But it is worth it. To see her running around, exploring and when she sees something the way her little face lit up is priceless…

Vygeboomdam is not that big and although the sign says no fishing the people don’t care they do just as they please… It is no wonder there were only a handful of ducks to see.

It is no wonder they say humans are the most dangerous animals on earth. Some humans have only their own interest at heart and do not think how their actions impacts nature around them.

What to do when loadshedding start….

In the beginning of the year we had a lot of loadshedding. One Sunday afternoon we decided to braai and tried to pass the time. Every session was around 2 hours. It was a hot day and much cooler outside.

I took my camera out and started taking photos of the birds in the trees and of the sky…..

Here is some of the photos taken of the birds in the trees…. I also played around with the settings that is why some of the sky is lighter and others darker.

My favorite part of the evening was when I started taking photos of the ever changing clouds… See if you can spot the smiley face in the clouds…

Thank you for taking the time to look at my work and I look forward to hearing from you.

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

Berghoff Fynbos Farm Part 1/10

Dad turned 72 in December 2018 and for the first time in years we went away as a family.

My dad Ivan, myself, my two handsome boys Armand, Lian, my boyfriend Mornè, his daughter Desiree, my Brother Wouter, his wife Kathleen, their two little ones Aran and Morgan. Never since I moved out of the house have we went away as a family.

Spending time with family is very important to me.

Berghoff Fynbos Farm is a great place to have a break from the hustle and bustle of city live.

I told the children we would be cut off from the outside world, but to our surprise when we got there they left us a Wi-Fi code. The children were in 7th heaven but to my surprise they did not sit looking at their little screens the whole day.

We played fingerboard and later they started playing cards.

As I share more photos of our visit to Berghoff I will tell you some more about our weekend.

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

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

My photo someone’s qoute… 24 May 2019

“A Vacation helps to relieve stress and boredom, gives us a change of scenery, provides us with adventure, and helps to bring us closer to the people in our lives.” Unknown

Scotland 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 countdown… 78 days and 1 hour….

Taking in the views…

If you are to faraway from the beach and need to relax go to your nearest pond or lake. Water has a calming effect on most of us…

It does not matter how big or small the pond is, it seems to hypnotize you into a calm state of mind just sitting and watching at the water and the reflections in it.

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

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

Emotional Rollercoaster…

This morning I am on a emotional roller-coaster. I have mixed feelings about everything and that is just confusing. Let me explain…

I feel depressed because….

For those who follow me will know that I was not that active on WordPress for nearly 4 years maybe more and only started posting again on a regular basis about a month ago… Alot happened in my life and somehow I lost my spark got it back and lost it again… Trying to keep everyone happy and in the process neglected myself and my photography business… Now I am trying to get back into things but I took myself out of the game….

I am looking for work as a photographer, freelance or permanent but my 10 years of experience in photography does not count without the proper papers to back me up. I am a self taught photographer and spend many hours on the internet working through different photography sites and tutorials trying to better myself. I invested in online workshops that I go through on regular basis to refresh my memory. Still not good enough. At age 45 I must go and study so that I can provide a piece of paper to say that I can take photo’s….

So in January 2020 I will enroll for a photography course and this is made possible by my father who will be sponsoring me.

On the other hand I feel Happy and Blessed.

I feel happy that I can share my work with you and that when the boys were growing up I could spend time with them because I worked from home.

I am blessed with a talent and it would not be right if I keep my work to myself… I have thousands of photos on my computer and external hard drives that must still be edited and shared with the world.

I feel stressed because I need to get a income. I am busy working through my nature photo’s. I would like to sell them and earn some money with them. Then the critic in me comes out and I don’t think my work is good enough to sell… Like I said I am on a rollercoaster ride this morning….

When I went through my photos this morning to see what I wanted to post I saw these ones of some Pekin Ducks. It looks like they are smiling all the time. Happy and content with their lives.

Funny enough it made me feel better. That is why I decided to share them with you today. They lifted my spirit a bit….

Even though I am on this rollercoaster I know it will come to an end and I will look back on this morning and smile and be happy and content just like a Pekin Duck.

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

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