Our first Christmas without Mom

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas day.

This was our first Christmas without my Mother and I miss her a whole lot.It was a very emotional day for all of us and when I opened my present I had a hard time hiding my tears. Mom ordered my present earlier in the year and hid the book in a drawer where my dad found it when he was looking for the Christmas wrapping paper.

Looking forward to taking these road trips in honor of my Mom….

This year I said I ‘ll make a triffle… This was a first for me. Mom used to make it and I had big shoes to fill…



It looked great and also tasted divine.

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/172 – Armand and Ogies

Tonight we were watching a movie and when I walked pass Armand on the chair I saw this cute photo. I ran to get my camera and in the process I nearly dislocated my little toe against our bed…. Ouch Ouch but I got my photo.

Armand and Ogies. Oh how these two love each other.



Project 365 Photo a day: 365/143

New Props being used…


Little Miss Julia  made such lovely photo’s.  She really likes the camera… Just look how lovely my new props look in the background…. Children are our Love and Joy…


Project 365 Photo a day: 365/129

Still busy working on the Pospech shoot. It’s taking a bit longer. Have to do some creative editing in some photo’s…

Just love this one of Father and Daughter…


Project 365 Photo a day: 365/106

While on holiday I was constantly looking for props for my photo shoots. My photo of the day for today is one off the props I brought back home…

We went to a Farmers market on the first Saturday of our holiday. The whole time I was looking for something to use in my photo shoots.  I saw quite a few things but I had to keep in mind that I have a budget and space in the car was minimal. So whatever I buy must be small enough to fit in my bag or at my feet. I found these four hearts with Love, Hope, Peace and Joy in the last row of little stalls. I asked hubby if he can have a look at it. I wanted to know if I would be able to take the four hearts apart and use the separately.

I spotted some similar hearts made out of metal and wire at a few other tables too. The big difference was the other hearts was single and they cost around R40 per heart and it was approximately the size of the Hope heart. I wanted Afrikaans and English ones so it started working out a bit expensive. I  still had my whole holiday left and did not want to spend all my money at a Farmers market on the first day.

I used two of these metal hearts in my photo shoots over the weekend…

Love, Hope, Peace and Joy
Love, Hope, Peace & Joy. Black & White

My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 6/52


“Before you pray, forgive. Before you quit, try. Before you retire, save. Before you die, give.” – William Arthur Ward

Mooiplaas, Brackenfell

“Children and mothers never truly part – bound in the beating of each other’s heart.” – Charlotte Gray


“Life must be lived and curiosity kept alive. One must never, for whatever reason turn his back on life.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Pack all there is into your life; you only pass this way once! Sit back and think what is it you enjoy. Take courses, read books, find your passion, your “wanna do’s”.” – Catherine Pulsifer

“Blessed are they who have the gift of making friends, for it is one of God’s best gifts. It involves many things, but above all, the power of going out of one’e self, and appreciating whatever is noble and loving in another.” – Helen Keller


“Many people will walk in and out of your life, but only true friends will leave footprints in your heart.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


“Night, the beloved. Night, when words fade and things come alive. When the destructive analysis of day is done, and all that is truly important becomes whole and sound again. When man reassembles his fragmentary self and grows with the calf of a tree.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupèry


My photo’s everyone’s words… Week 5/52


“How many times in our life have we been afraid to tackle a tough job or project, believing that we just didn’t have enough talent or brains or guts to succeed, and then once we have forced ourselves to try – and successfully completed the challenge – we look back at what we have done, finally realizing that our greatest enemy, the one who urges us not even to try because we would certainly fail, was none other than ourselves.” Mandino, Og, Secrets for Success and Happiness 


“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because someday in your life you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver 

Addo National Elephant Park

“Don’t be a spectator, Don’t let life pass you by.”  Lou Holtz

Lion Park outside Johannesburg

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”  Plato

Lion Park Just outside Johannesburg

“Do not wait for extraordinary circumstances to do good action; try to use ordinary situations.”  Jean Paul Richter


“Whoever waits for time to pass loses time.” Sicilian Proverb


“A photograph is usually looked at – seldom looked into.” Ansel Adams

Sterkfontein Dam

Everyone has a purpose in life – a unique gift or special talent to give to others. And when we blend this unique talent with service to others, we experience the ecstasy and exultation of our own spirit, which is the ultimate goal of all goals. Deepak Chopra