Aspidistra Nursery: Part 11

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

My favorite part of the visit to Aspidistra is visiting the tea room for a refreshing cup of tea and a Milk Tart Cupcake…. Yummee

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 10

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 9

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 8

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 7

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 6

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 5

Aspidistra Nursery is one of my favorite places to visit. Every time I visit I see something new.

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 4

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part 3

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part2

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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Aspidistra Nursery: Part1

I visited Aspidistra again. WOW this nursery really inspires one and it awakens one’s creative side.  This time my dad came with us to explore the nursery and get some ideas on decorating and recycling…

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My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 195

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.”

 Walt Disney

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My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 184

“Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow.”

Doug Firebaugh

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My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 165

“When you follow the dream in your heart, you’re energized, inspired & motivated.”

Dr John F. DemartiniSept12 165

My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 161

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Always try your best, even if you fail keep trying. God sees your work , your passion and persistence.

 

Aspidistra Nursery

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My Photo’s Someones Quote: Day 138

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You will never get the things that you want without sacrifice, to attain the best things in life you have to make space.

Travel theme: Sweet

This weeks travel theme is sweet. The first photo to pop into my head was the Carrot Cake at Aspidistra Nursery near Stellenbosch.

The cake is to die for and I keep trying to get an excuse just to go back and have another piece…..

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Please visit Where’s my backpack for more on this week Travel Theme: Sweet

 

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 110

“Nothing will work unless you do.”

John Wooden

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My Photo someone’s Quote: Day 109

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“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”
Robert Collier

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 102

Don’t put a limit on anything. The more you dream the farther you get.

July11

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 101

“Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again. This time more intelligently.”

Henry Ford

July10

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 96

“Friendship, love, health, energy, enthusiasm and joy are the things that make life worth living and exploring.”

Denise Austin

July5

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 94

“Do what you know is right & important, it is the highroad to pride, self-esteem & personal satisfaction.”

Margaret Thatcher

July3

My photo’s someones Quote: Day 91

” Perfection consists not in doing extraordinary things, but in doing ordinary things extraordinarily well.”

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My Photo’s someone’s quote: Day 33

“When you look at your life, the greatest happinesses are family happinesses.”

Joyce Brothers

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My first visit to Aspidistra Nursery March 2013

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On 14 March 2013 I had my first visit to Aspidistra Nursery near Stellenbosch. I was not feeling myself but I did not leave my camera at home either. I only took a few shots hear and there. To be honest I think if I took photo’s of everything that caught my eye I’ll still be clicking away….

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Willie Schmidt get’s these statues from a man (sorry for the death of me I cannot remember his name) and then he sells it for him in his nursery. Each and every statue is unique and there are not two that looks the same. Willie also brought under our attention that if you look at the statue’s you will see the angels different expressions…
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Willie uses anything he can get as a decoration in his garden and he encourages you to recycle your old pots, pans, tins, suitcases, bicycles, baths, shovels and the list goes on and on and on and on…….


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When you walk through the nursery you will be astonished by the way the nursery is laid out. His garden is a feast for the eyes, different types of plants, some I can’t even remember ever seeing and some so old I thought they were extinct. Then of course the way that they are presented to you is absolutely breath taking.

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There’s also a lovely tea garden and they serve the most divine carrot cake. I will definitely go and visit the tea garden again….

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Willie also told us how to make compost for our own gardens. Willie  originally studied psychology and worked behind bars with the criminals.  After many years of practicing he decided to retire and put his theory  that the best way to get rid of stress is to work in your garden to the test. And I must agree I used to love working in my garden for hours on end. It’s the best therapy and free…. But in our busy lives one forget’s what used to work very well. No now I am going to start gardening again my first step is to move all my plants into pots and pans and what ever I can lie my hands on in and around the house… This way I can free my house from clutter, decorate my garden and also save water….  According to Willie you do not need hectares of ground to have a garden, you can have a lovely garden in a pot….

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I just fell in love with the above water feature and I am thinking of incorporating something similar at the entrance to my house… Aspidistra_7934 Aspidistra_7933

Aspidistra_7928 I plan to visit Aspidistra again within the next two weeks again. I want to take some more photo’s of this lovely nursery and ask Willie some questions on indoor plants. My house is not very plant friendly and I so love some greenery in my house…. It’s only my bedroom and sun-room that get’s direct sunlight the rest of the house do not really see sunlight…. Keep a eye out for some more posts and photo’s of this lovely nursery called Aspidistra….

 

 

 

A unplanned Sunday afternoon drive…

Today hubby suggested that we take our car for a drive to charge the battery.  The first thing that  I grabbed was my camera.  I got my photo of the day that I already shared with you.

All the photo’s was taken at one spot. Hubby stopped at the Antique Tractor on the R304 a spot well known to us.  We were practicing for the Argus Cycle tour one year when our tandem got a flat just there….

So I decided to take some photo’s of the tractor that from the outside looked like it was standing on the wall. I took photo’s from different angles and then I saw the gate was open I walked inside and took a photo of the tractor on pillars…

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Outside the gate of the Antique Tractor a mother and her little daughter were sitting.  She laughed at hubby sitting in the car, but she would not even give me a little smile.  I took some photo’s of her but she just looked at me emotionless. I wonder what went through that little head.  Mental note to self. Always keep some sweets in the car maybe I’ll be lucky and get a smile next time…

What are you looking at?
Black & White portrait of a little girl
Hiding behind mommy…

Here are some landscape photo’s.

Stellenbosch  Wine farm with Mountains in Background
Stellenbosh farm with Snow topped Ceres Mountains in Background

Project 365 Photo a day: 365/71

After having some car trouble this week and the fact that the battery went flat hubby jumped started the car and we went for a drive. I took my camera with just in case I see something that I would like to share with you all.

When I saw the snow on the mountains my mind was made up. I want do share a landscape photo with you all today.

A Stellenbosch farm with the snowy topped Ceres mountains in the background
Snowy Tops of Ceres Mountains in the far… Black & White Photography
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