It’s been a while…..

Good day everyone,

Well I am back….  It’s been quite a roller coaster ride for me since October 2015.  But I am in a good place now.

Over the past few weeks I started editing photo’s of the last holiday my Mother went with us. Must admit I still get very emotional when I  work on the photo’s. Miss her so much but I know she is watching over me every single day.

Here are just a few of the over 4000 photo’s I took on our trip to Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in July 2015. Believe me there is still allot on it’s way.

 

My Photo someones Quote: #187

 Doen vir ander alles wat julle graag wil hê hulle vir julle sal doen.

Matteus 7:12

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Coreen

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Time only seems to matter when it’s running out.

Peter Strup

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #185

The truth is more important than the facts.

Frank Lloyd Wright
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Coreen

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There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure.

Colin Powell187

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Coreen

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Goals help you overcome short-term problems.

Hannah More186

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Coreen

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Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities.  Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning.

Gloria Steinem
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Coreen

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The results you achieve will be in direct proportion to the effort you apply.

Denis Waitley184

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Coreen

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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.

Margaret Thatcher183

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #179

The ability to convert ideas to things is the secret of outward success..

Henry Ward Beecher182

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #178

It is never too late to be what you might have been.

George Eliot181

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #177

Courage is grace under pressure.

Ernest Hemingway180

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Coreen

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 3

Yes Ruby is still in love with her sticks and upgraded to palm leaves. She enjoyed playing with the sticks and Palm leaves while my dad and I cleaned out our garden.  She still enjoys playing with her ball but due to all the new dogs in our street I cannot go play with her out front. Now we must play in the garden and that is not so good on the grass. I also started taking her to the beach, but after a dog attacked her on one of our walks she is not very sociable. It will take a while for her to trust other dogs again… She is also very protective over me. I am not always sure if this is a good or bad thing….
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Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 2

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Every year I have visitors in my garden. This little Masked Weaver build a total of 3 nests with no success…. Maybe he will be more successful in the coming year….

Photo’s taken in 2015 in my garden…. Part 1

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After my mother’s passing and the start of my divorce proceedings I have not really been in the mood to blog and take photo’s. I had my moments when I got my spark back but then something would remind me of something that happened and I am back to square one. It was like everything was getting to much and I went into survival mode. I started focusing on myself, the boys,  my dad and our home.

In the meanwhile my Canon 7D’s Dial button broke and I lost my AV and TV settings then the light sensor started giving me problems and that put extra stress on me…  As soon as I move into a dark area or shady area the camera will not focus at all and when I press the shutter button nothing happend. I had to switch the camera off and on after every photo taken. When I was in bright light I had no problems… I had a few shoots over the past few months and with God’s help everything went smoothly. I learned a very big lesson that you must trust in God and ask Him to bless the shoot and to please make sure that everything works… He did not disappoint me… I am happy to say that God was looking out for me and a week ago I upgraded to my Canon 7D Mark II.

Over the next few weeks I will be posting all my work done in 2015 and hopefully I’ll be up to date soon.

My Photo someones Quote: #176

Example is not the main thing in influencing others. It is the only thing.

Albert Schweitzer179

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Age is of no importance unless you are a cheese…

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To live you must experiment, to experiment you must have confidence, to have confidence you must be loved, to be loved you must love…
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My Photo someones Quote: #173

When there is more gratitude, there is less distrust.

Cheng Yen175

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My Photo someones Quote: #172

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,

the author & perfecter of our faith,

who for the joy set before him endured the cross.

Heb 12:2174

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #171

Never lie to someone who trusts you, and never trust someone who lies to you.176

This is something that lies very close to my heart. Being lied to by my so called best friend for how many years. I trusted her with my deepest secrets just to find out she had a hidden agenda and pretended to be my friend…

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #170

The best and most beautiful things in life cannot be seen, not touched, but are felt in the heart.

Helen Keller173

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My Photo someones Quote: #169

Every scar has a story. Don’t be afraid to tell it.

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My Photo someones Quote: #168

God will meet all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:19

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My Photo someones Quote: #167

Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today.

Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger…

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My Photo someones Quote: #166

A happy life consists not in the absence but in the mastery of hardships.

Helen Keller166

This is very true. I have found in my own life I had two choices. I can either sit behind my knees and mope (I tried this for a while with not so good results) or I can take what is happening and use it to help me grow and move forward. I promise you this is not easy but it’s the best way. Yes you will get your up and downs, you’re happy and sad days, the days you wish you never met the people involved in your situation but remember there were good times also….

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: #165

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.

Mother Teresa165

Good day everyone,

I know I have not been posting lately, but my life took a very unexpected turn. Now I must learn how to forgive and move on with my life. It is not easy but I know with the help of my Heavenly Father I’ll be able to move forward and live my life to the fullest in His name.

One of my New Year’s resolutions is  to remove all the negative out of my life. I have been busy doing just that.  May everybody have a very positive 2016.

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Coreen

My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #164

What God intended for you goes far beyond anything you can imagine. Never lose hope and hang on to God’s hand.170

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Your value does not decrease based on someones inability to see your worth.

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A friend is someone who gives you total freedom to be yourself.

Jim Morrison
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Every struggle in your life has shaped you into the person you are today. Be thankful for the hard times, they can only make you stronger.167

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A happy life consists not in the absence but in the mastery of hardships.

Helen Keller166

My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #159

If we really want to love, we must learn how to forgive.

Mother Teresa165

My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #158

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window that hope has opened.

Charles H. Spurgeon163

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Keep your face to the sunshine and you cannot see a shadow.

Helen Keller162

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Everyone needs someone to make them feel like tomorrow is more than just another day…
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My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #155

Something that’s of common interest to every man, woman and child on the planet must surely be the notion of “Peace”.

Annie Lennox160

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God understands our prayers even when we can’t find the words to say them.159

My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #153

Believe in yourself you can do it!!!

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Mark 9:23

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Today my life begins…..156

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It’s never too late….

Never too late to start over.

Never too late to be happy.

Jane Fonda155

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One bad chapter doesn’t mean your story’s over…154

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People cry, not because they’re weak, but because they’ve been strong for too long…153

Blood Moon – 28 September 2015

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151“There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under my jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life – whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”

Elizabeth Gilbert

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I never regret anything, because every detail of my past is what made me into who I am today…

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149If  you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.

John Wooden

Exploring South Africa town by town: Victoria West Part3

 

On our road trip from 1 to 11 July 2015 we passed through many towns. I tried to take photo’s of each town but due to a time limit I was only allowed 10 minutes per town.  We entered Victoria West just after sunrise and everything was still very quiet. Only here and there someone was walking in the streets. I just love the old houses and the country feel to these little towns. It is sad though that the roads are in such bad shape.

Here is some information about Victoria West gathered by my Dad Ivan de Bruyn in preparation of our  road trip. Dad used different books and articles to compile all these information pieces for us.

VICTORIA WEST en route to this town the N12 crosses the Visgat River. At the one of its kind Victoria Trading Post there is also a museum dedicated to the legendary Mannetjies Roux the famous Springbok rugby player. A museum in the Main Street adjacent to the Library houses a large collection of old cameras and film projectors as well as medals of Group Captain P.H. Hugo a Battle of Britain [1940] fighter pilot who was born on the farm Pampoenpoort about 40km north west of the town and educated in Victoria West. His nickname in the town was ”Piet Khaki” but to his companions in the Royal Air Force he was ”Dutch Hugo”.

Victoria West was founded in 1843 when the Dutch Reformed Church decided to establish a new congregation in the far off northern areas from Beaufort West. The farms Kapokfontein and Zeekoegat was purchased to lay out the town. The church council named the town Victoria in honour of the ruling British monarch. The ”West” was added to the name in 1855 when another district in the Eastern Cape was also named Victoria. The town is in the vicinity of the Kapokberg Mountain with its blanket of snow during the winter months.  During 1904 to 1910 the town was represented by John X Merriman in the Cape Parliament who in 1908 became the Prime Minister of the then Cape Colony. He also played an important role in the compilation of the constitution of the Union of South Africa which was established in 1910. During the night of 27 February 1871 a disaster similar to Laingsburg in 1981 struck the town of Victoria West when flood water in the Brak River,normally a dry sand bed devastated the town. The death toll was never established,but more than 60 bodies were found and was buried in a mass grave,the people who passed away in the flood is honoured by a granite memorial.

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My Photo someones Quote: 2015 #144

Behind me is infinite power, before me is endless possibility, around me is boundless opportunity.

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