Sunrise, Eyesight and Monkeys

I can only come up with one positive aspect to being woken up at 5 am by people stomping around in the apartment above ours. I rarely see a sunrise, so decided to make the most of the situation by taking a few photos.


I think sunrises and sunsets over the sea are quite hard to beat.


My ‘holiday’ by the sea isn’t turning out to be quite as relaxing and carefree as I would have liked. I’ve been experiencing a problem with the vision in my right eye for a few months, and thought it was something simple like a bit of scar tissue after my cataract and lens implant operation three years ago. We have medical insurance here in South Africa, so I went to see my eye surgeon soon after we arrived. It turns out that I have a small macular hole which prevents me from seeing fine detail and reading. Today I am going into hospital for a ‘vitrectomy’ which has a 90% success rate of closing the hole by inserting a bubble of gas in the space behind the retina. It sounds as though I may have to keep my head bent forward for quite a few days, and even sleep face down, which I really can’t contemplate as I usually sleep on my back. Anyway, it is what it is, so I’ll keep thinking positive.

I was rather amused by the welcoming committee which was lined up to greet us when we visited our friends up the hill in Kloof. Looks like we all have our wildlife, wherever we happen to live. I’m really missing my Iggys and Sammy squirrel. I wonder if they’ve even noticed that I’m not around to take their photos.


Hope you’re all having a good week. I’ll let you know how everything goes.

WPC: My Local Beach

Here I am back at my ‘local’ beach in South Africa for a few weeks. Since I last posted, we’ve spent time in London, then visited our daughter in Johannesburg, and now we’re happily ensconced in our beachfront apartment with a view. Umhlanga Rocks is the seaside town we called ‘local’ for fifteen years.


It seemed like we’d never been away, when on our early morning walk, the iconic red and white lighthouse came into view.


There were fisherman on the rocks and cargo ships waiting to go into port, just as there always were.


A prayer meeting of huddled worshippers was in full swing, their voices clearly audible above the sound of the crashing waves.


The familiar sight of the pier with it’s whale-bone shaped arches, really made me feel  nostalgic.


Looking down at one obviously very dedicated sunbather, was quite a ‘sight for sore eyes’ as my Granny used to say. Hubby told me that his scanty swim suit is what is known as a ‘Budgie Smuggler’, which made me laugh out loud.

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As we wended our way home for breakfast, the sky had turned a gorgeous shade of blue, and my favourite lighthouse in all the world was looking its very best.


So, no Iguanas or Sammy squirrel here to show you, although I have seen a couple of local monkeys around. Hopefully, I’ll be able to get some photos if they stay still for long enough.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend. Tonight we’re meeting my sister and her husband for dinner at one of our local restaurants.

I participate in WordPress' Weekly Photo Challenge 2016

I participate in WordPress’ Weekly Photo Challenge 2016


Macro Monday: Sammy is Samantha

Sammy squirrel has once again managed to empty the bird feeder in record time, and yesterday found something else to eat. Sitting on  the ‘Top of the Rock’, I got a really good look at his/her chest area, and came to the conclusion that Sammy is actually short for Samantha. My blog friend Robin of ‘Witless Dating After 50’ blog had mentioned that this might be the case, after looking at one of my earlier photos.


She looks to my unpracticed eye to be pregnant, which is probably why she has been attacking the bird seed with such gusto. I have to admit that unlike Sammy, I was never able to run up a palm tree or hang upside to eat when I was expecting my babies.

A sad ending to my story is that I have just this minute received a phone call from one of the Board members of our community, to say that bird feeders are not allowed here, as they may attract rats and geese. I told her that I’ve never seen any rats and that it’s hung much to high for geese to reach, but she said that it’s a general rule and there can be no exceptions. I’m feeling more than a little fed up about it, as I so enjoyed seeing the beautiful birds flying back and forth, not to mention the antics of Sammy squirrel.

I wish you all a great week. Now I really must get on with some packing of cases.



Feathers On Friday: Woody Stalks Past My Window

Hi everyone. Thought I’d better put in an appearance after being absent for a couple of days. Woody Wood Stork also showed up as I was looking out my bathroom window. What a face! Don’t you think he would be just perfect for a part in a horror movie. That beak would really be something to reckon with too. It must be really tough being a fish around here.


Our furniture and other stuff is now at our house., and we’ve placed some of it. The mirrors, pictures and boxes of ornaments etc., which are stacked in one of the bedrooms, will just have to wait until we get back from overseas. Right now I must rather turn my attention to packing cases for our six week trip. It’s all go here; never a dull moment.

Wishing you all a great weekend.




B&W Sunday Layers: Sushi-to-go

Paula’s B&W Sunday Challenge this week, asks for ‘Layers’.

The Osprey who flies over our lake, snagged himself a really good sushi breakfast which he took back to the layers of tall trees to finish off.  No sharing for him!


This is the beginning of a very busy and exciting week for hubby and I. I’ll pop in to visit you when I can. Hope your week is a good one.



My Sunday Photo: A Study In Turquoise

Yesterday,  Great Egret was looking for a lunch date with a fish or two, as he stealthily stalked his way along the water’s edge. Happily for me,  my camera was in its usual place on my bathroom windowsill.


This morning, I cooked hubby his first bacon and egg breakfast since we moved here. He said that it was worth all the effort of building the new kitchen. This coming week is going to be quite exciting as we’ve booked a removal company on Wednesday, to bring the rest of our furniture out of storage.

Wishing you all a lovely Sunday.



Floral Friday Fotos: My Easy Care Orchid

Hubby bought this Vanda orchid for me a couple of years ago. Ir was in a plastic tube pot and had no soil. I was fascinated to see how it flowered so beautifully without any growing medium. When it finished flowering, it was quite neglected for a while, until hubby brought it over to the new house and tied it to a palm tree in the front garden. Since then it’s flowered profusely, twice in five months.


I mist it occasionally and feed the roots if I remember, which isn’t very often, but it seems to bear no grudges at all.  This was how it looked in April.


Now it’s in full bloom again. I’m so happy that it’s flowering before we go away for six weeks, as I would hate to miss seeing it. It’s such a beautiful sight as we come into our driveway.


I’m also linking this post to Jude’s ‘September Flower Portrait’ Garden Challenge.

Wishing you all a very happy weekend. Ours won’t be at all relaxing, but I’m sure we’ll enjoy it nevertheless.







The Boss is also back

Nice to see that Mr. GBH is back, presiding over his lake subjects. Who would argue with that beak? I read that the Great Blue Heron is the Native American symbol of strength, wisdom and patience. Looking at his elegant profile here, it doesn’t surprise me in the least.


Happy Thursday to you all. I’m taking time off today to have lunch with a couple of special girlfriends.

One Liner Wednesday: Ali Baba is back!

Imagine my delight yesterday afternoon, when pausing for a moment in my unpacking and repacking-for-charity frenzy, I looked out of the window and saw Ali Baba cruising by. He’s not as big as dear Mr. A, but I’m sure he’s still growing.


After all, what use is a stretch of water bordering one’s Florida property, if it doesn’t have at least one ‘gator? I shall give him instructions to guard our place whilst we’re away overseas.


Happy Wednesday to you all.