Its mid-winter here, and as I write we are on our way to the shortest day of the year. Winter is when the deep orange aloes come to life in the wild, along the roads and in the gardens. The brightly coloured, tubular flowers that are filled with nectar are a welcome source of food … Continue reading Bees, bugs, birds – A week in the winter garden
Autumn greetings, readers! Do you feel the need to update your blog occasionally to keep it fresh and engaging? In South Africa, it's early autumn not spring! But I felt the need to do a little spring cleaning on my blog this weekend and to re-structure a little bit. We've had a few public holidays recently. I … Continue reading A Blog Spring Clean
I look beyond the obvious and into the spaces to find my photograph opportunities. If I am attentive, I will see them.
I've done another week. Looking at the sky has become a morning ritual this month - a kind of mindfulness. The first thing I do when I wake up is look at the sky. At this stage of the month, I am looking for different viewpoints, frames and cloud formations.
I am doing Becky's ('The Life of B') December Skies theme. She is aiming to take a photo each day of the sky in square format. I started late and am trying for a photo a day. I post each day on my 365 project so I will do a weekly round up here on my … Continue reading Square Sky December 
Roll on chill time! December is a mainly a holiday month for us here in South Africa, when we have our long summer break. Most businesses shut down around the 15th or 22nd and won't open again until the first or second week of January. The university where I work finishes tomorrow. The first two … Continue reading Square Sky December 
Recently, as a thunderstorm approached I was around to see how it developed. Of course, I had my camera to capture it. I live on a hill that overlooks the town and have taken a ton of photographs with the tag ‘view from my lounge’. I am so fortunate to have a stunning view which changes … Continue reading Anatomy of a thunderstorm
We are suffering from a severe drought - the dams that feed our small town are at dangerously low levels. In fact so many areas of South Africa are struggling, Cape Town is possibly the worst at the moment. So we have been wishing for rain (and my contribution for One Word Sunday: Wish). And this … Continue reading On wish-ing and self-care
I love this extract from one of Gretchen Rubin's blog posts in 2007 about anticipation (and one of her more recent posts). "Pleasant anticipation is an important source of happiness; having something to look forward to makes you “feel good” and may also give an “atmosphere of growth” to your life, because the future seems bright. … Continue reading Anticipation: an every day delight!