Five Photos, Five stories #4: A Palm Tree Sunset

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. Today I’m sharing a spectacular sunset sky viewed last year from our hotel in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica.

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We had good news last night when we checked our status regarding the ‘Green Cards’. They were mailed yesterday! Looks like we’re going to be able to make it to South Africa for Mom’s 90th. Thanks for all your positive vibes sent my way. Those of you who’ve been crossing fingers, eyes and other body parts can now relax a little.  🙂

Today, I am nominating Nia of ‘PhotographyofNia’ blog to do the challenge, which is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Of course there’s no obligation to do the challenge; only if you would like to join in.

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Five Photos, Five Stories #3: Under the Boardwalk

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. Yesterday I showed you my two granddaughters getting acquainted with Mr. Leo, but just a bit further along, there was someone else waiting to greet them. This was something they hadn’t seen before, and they were so fascinated by his scaly body and cute smile.

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Today, I would like to nominate Carol of ‘Which Way Now’ blog. She posts photos from her extensive travels, which I’m sure you’ll find really interesting.

The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Of course there’s no obligation to do the challenge,; only if you would like to join in.

 

 

Five photos, five stories #2: Granddaughters meet Mr. Lion

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. My photo for the second day was taken when my granddaughters Sienna and Taylor came to visit a couple of weeks ago. Hubby and I took them to the nature reserve which we often frequent. I was so happy to be able to introduce them to Mr. Leo the lion who lives in one of the boardwalk planks. Of course, they recognised him immediately. Can you see him?

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Today I would like to nominate Marylou of  ‘natuurfreak’ blog to do the’ 5 photos, 5 stories’ challenge. I always enjoy seeing her nature photos, and I’m sure  you will too.

The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. Of course there’s no obligation to do the challenge,; only if you would like to join in.

Five Photos, Five Stories: Happy Mothers’ Day

Elaine of  ‘I used to be indecisive’ blog, has nominated me to do the ‘5 Photos, 5 Stories’ challenge. Here’s my first photo, with the story behind it.

My mom and sister are in South Africa, and today sister went to visit mom for Mothers’ Day. She sent me this photo of mom with the flowers from me and a delicious chocolate cake, for which my sister is famous.

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I set my alarm for 5am so that I could phone mom before she had lunch and went for her afternoon nap. She could hardly talk as her voice is very weak, but I was able to wish her a happy Mothers’ Day, and tell her how much I love her. Those of you who follow my blog will know that it’s mom’s 90th birthday on 26th of this month, and that I’m keeping my fingers crossed that our Green Cards will arrive in time for us to travel over to be there for the celebration.

Wishing all you Moms a very happy day today.

The challenge is quite simply to “post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge”. My nomination today is Lisa of Northwest Frame of Mind blog, who always has interesting images to share. Of course, there’s no obligation to join in. It’s entirely up to you.

Cheerful Pink for Cee’s FFC

Pink is one of my favourite colours, and my little granddaughters certainly take after me.

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My  birthday in July last year was quite a pink affair, with my sister making me this beautiful chocolate cake, decorated in pink.

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The following  day was my actual birthday, and we had ‘high tea’ at the Oyster Box Hotel, also with a pink theme.

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My favourite pink Hibiscus is/was growing in a pot outside our front door in Umhlanga. I hope the new owner is looking after it well.

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Pink is such a happy colour, and this weekend, I’m going to think pink and be as cheerful as these beautiful Proteas.

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I’m sure everything is going to work out just fine, and as there’s nothing I can do to speed up the process of finally getting our Green Cards, I’m going to keep calm and stop worrying about it.  As our son often says,”It is what it is.” 🙂

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Have a great weekend, and ‘Happy Mothers’ Day’ to all of you awesome moms. We rock!

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Another hurdle to overcome

After all the excitement and celebration of our Green Card approval yesterday, I just had a call from the officer who did our interview. She said she was just checking through my file again, and saw that my fingerprints hadn’t scanned properly, so we now have to go to the local sheriff’s office to get a police clearance, and then take it to her before three-o-clock this afternoon. So, that’s the rest of my day gone down the drain, and I still have to write my article for the club magazine before tonight. So, please keep your fingers crossed again for me. It feels as though a shadow has been cast across my sunny outlook.

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We’ve been approved!

Early this morning, saw us once again at the USCIS for our final ‘Green Card’ interview. The woman who ushered us into her office was austere, with no welcoming smile on her face. She immediately asked us,”Where is your sponsor?” Hubby replied, “Our son is in New Jersey.” “That’s no good,” she barked, “he needs to be here with you to prove that he’s still alive.” My heart sank down into my shoes. This interview was obviously  not going to be a doddle. I kept trying to think positive, purple thoughts, and slowly but surely, the tigress morphed into a pussycat. We had all the necessary documents and were able to truthfully answer “No” to all the questions concerning misdemeanours such as gun running, prostitution and drug trafficking. It was quite an interrogation, but by the end, she was smiling and pleasant, and informed us that she would waive the fact that our son wasn’t present, and grant us our permanent residence status. I then mentioned about wanting to get back to South Africa for my mom’s 90th birthday on the 26th May, and she promised to expedite things so that we should get our ‘Green Cards’ as soon as possible. I was so happy, that I kissed her, and she waved goodbye to us with a big smile on her face. When we got home, hubby checked on line, and it was already being processed. We’re holding thumbs that they arrive within a week, so that we can book our tickets. Thanks so much for all your good wishes and positive comments. I’m sure they really helped.

I have to admit that I was  feeling quite scared at the start of the interview, but then I thought about how brave those Egyptian Geese were, who came to visit me. After almost walking past me into the house, one of them looked across the lake and spied Mr. A asleep on the grass.

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He called to his mate, “Hey! Lets go and wake him up.” So, with no fear, they flew across and played chicken, marching around, honking their heads off  right in his ear. He wasn’t  impressed, but decided it was best to just ignore them, and eventually they tired of their little game, and wandered off.

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He seems to be quite a fixture here, and today hubby saw another, much younger one swimming around.

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The garden service guys were quite taken with the big guy, and went up quite close to take photos. Mr. A didn’t move a muscle. He’s obviously all for the quiet life, just like me. 🙂

Now I have to get ready for the Cinco de Mayo party at the club this evening. I’m looking forward to celebrating with our American friends. I’ll try to catch up with you all tomorrow.

Bench Series #18: Lazing on a sunny afternoon.

Jude is asking for benches at the beach for her May Bench series. Here are a couple from my beloved Umhlanga Rocks beach in South Africa. Hoping to be back there quite soon for a brief stay.

Reading the Sunday paper on the beach promenade.

Reading the Sunday paper on the beach promenade.

Looks quite uncomfortable to me, but he seems happy there.

This bench looks quite uncomfortable to me, but he seems quite laid back.

If my title stirred a musical memory from the 1960’s, here it is.

Brings back great memories for me.

Intricacies of the Vatican for the WPC

When I saw this week’s photo challenge, I immediately thought of the wonderful architecture and artwork within Vatican City.

The most recognisable landmark is the magnificent Dome of  St. Peter’s Basilica, the tallest dome in the world, being 136.57 metres (448.1 ft) high

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The inside of the dome is even more exquisite, and was painted by non other than the great Michelangelo.

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Inside the museum, the intricate artwork is astounding.

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Here’s part of the 120 ft long Gallery of Maps, which is made up of forty intricately painted panels, and a really spectacular vaulted ceiling. As you can see, it was rather crowded in there

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St. Peter’s Square has a great view of the intricate sculptures which decorate the outside of the Vatican. (If you click, you’ll get a clearer view)

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Inside are some really breathtakingly intricate marble sculptures.It really boggles my mind to imagine all the work and man hours which must have gone into creating every piece of artwork which I saw there.

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This intricately decorated staircase at the main altar, leads down to St. Peter’s Crypt, where the bones of this saint are said to be interred.

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My photos are just a small taste of what you can see in this vast and amazing place.You really need to visit and see it for yourself.

To see more entries for the challenge this week, just click the WPC badge below.

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