An artist date in the woods near me

If you go down in the woods todayYou're sure of a big surpriseIf you go down in the woods todayYou'd better go in disguise! Hmmm, I rather like going as me, thank you. On my own, with my camera. Although it sometimes feels uncomfortable as it did last week. I felt conspicuous. There were loads … Continue reading An artist date in the woods near me

Scout & Scarlet

The two young Jack Russell's stand with one leg bent, poised to run. Unblinking, their liquid brown eyes are fixed on the well-chewed ball in my hand. I throw it and they bolt after it milliseconds after it leaves my hand. Scarlet (the female with wiry fur and red ears) skids through the grass, scattering … Continue reading Scout & Scarlet

A single tulip: Regular Random

Five minutes with a mature tulip in J's garden. This post is for the Regular Random tag (see below for more details). Six divisions in the brown area - one for each leaf.  Three pointy bits on the stamen. A perfect mandala in the centre of this vibrantly coloured flower. One leaf that droops. The … Continue reading A single tulip: Regular Random

Transitions: Experiencing Africa as Africa

South Africa: 18th January 2019 Siri fees Lucy the horse and she uses her left hoof to tip the plastic bowl over. She prefers to eat her feed of the dusty ground rather than out the bowl. She has been whinnying in grief most of the night. Yesterday, her companion, Gypsy drifted off to horse … Continue reading Transitions: Experiencing Africa as Africa

Living joyfully: Load shedding delights…

Eish! Load shedding! Can there be anything joyful about it? South Africa has enormous issues with electricity. We have scheduled daily blackouts called load shedding. Here's an explanation and a graphic to help you get your head around this strange phenomenon! Load shedding is a measure of last resort to prevent the collapse of the … Continue reading Living joyfully: Load shedding delights…

Living joyfully: A Photo Walk & Memories

Sometimes normal things unexpectedly turn into joyful things! Yesterday, my son and I arranged to have a walk around our university campus to take some pics before we leave Grahamstown. I was here as a student in the early 80s and he has just finished his first year. I also currently work at the university, … Continue reading Living joyfully: A Photo Walk & Memories

Living joyfully: Altschmerz…

I'm trying to live joyfully But today that is overshadowed by a little voice inside my head You know the one... As I prepare for a month of writing with NaNoWriMo, altschmerz arises in me, if that's how  John Koenig intended the word to be used. But I'm sure he won't mind how I use it. Back … Continue reading Living joyfully: Altschmerz…