Our favourite local wildlife reserve is frequented by many elderly folk who come to admire the birds and generally just to sit and enjoy the peacefulness found in nature. Dotted along the boardwalk are benches donated by grateful families in memory of their loved ones who used to enjoy walking and resting here.
The benches are all very plain and serviceable,
but the view from this one is absolutely wonderful,
and sitting up there on the guard rail was this Little Blue Heron, having a very cute bad hair day.
I’ve perched myself on many a makeshift seat over the years. This friendly elephant in Zimbabwe seemed to think it was really funny to have me sitting on his knee.
In Egypt, it was straight off the flight from South Africa and onto a camel. Our guide insisted that we do this before he would take us to our hotel to freshen up a bit.
It was quite a bumpy ride and our camel was a bit frisky, so I was relieved when we were back at ground level and I could slide off of my seat. It’s now a distant memory but I can still remember that searing heat and the pungent camel smell. (Camels pee down their legs to cool themselves off.)
This was a far more civilised mode of Egyptian transport; a horse drawn carriage with a comfortable seat for my sit-upon.
When we arrived at the Isle Of Palms ‘Wild Dunes’ resort near Charleston, where we were to stay the night on our drive from New Jersey to Florida, there was not a single person to be seen on the beach. In fact, the whole place seemed deserted.
The beach in Phuket which had been hit by a Tsunami just two years before our visit seemed just as unpopular.
In Umhlanga Rocks, things were a lot more lively as many spectators took a seat on the grass as well as on benches to view the annual Red Bull surfing competition.
Further along the beach, the rocks provided improvised seating for holiday makers.
What a great place to sit for a few hours, quietly reading or just watching the waves.
It seems that everyone loves to be at the beach.
It’s the most relaxing place to sit and do absolutely nothing.
I’m looking forward to going back there at the end of May.
A few weeks ago, my daughter sent me a gardenia bonsai, “Just because I love you, Mom.” What a lovely surprise it was, and I stood it in my kitchen, read the instructions and waited for the buds to come out. I was supposed to mist it daily, keep the pebbles moist in the tray and make sure not to water it too much. Not that difficult really. My daughter was disappointed when she saw the photo, because in the brochure, it showed a bright red pot with many flowers already blooming.
I followed the instructions religiously, but all that happened was that a couple of buds fell off. Then I had the bright idea to stand it outside in the humidity instead of inside in the air conditioning. Light bulb moment! The very next day, my first flower started to appear and now it’s looking gorgeous.
The fragrance is wonderful and takes me back to when I was a teenager in the 60’s. For Christmas, my very favourite aunt bought me my first bottle of perfume, which was ‘Gardenia’ by Goya. I can still remember how excited I was when I opened the bottle and dabbed a couple of drops behind my ears.
Tonight we’re going to see the fabulous Judy Carmichael performing at one of our local theatres. I wish I could play piano just like her. Tomorrow evening, we have dinner and dancing here at the club, so that should be fun too. Wishing you all a very happy weekend.
Cee’s ‘Flower Of The Day’ challenge is open every day. Today is quite cloudy, but my Bromeliad hanging out on my patio, guarantees I always have some sunshine. I call her ‘My Girl’. Do you remember that song by the fabulous ‘Temptations’ and can you believe it’s over 50 years’ old? How time flies when you’re having fun.
Now I have an earworm. 🙂 Happy Tuesday to you all.