B&W Sunday: The Mussel Man after and before.

Paula’s B&W Sunday Challenge this week is ‘After and Before’. Yesterday, whilst walking along the beach footpath, I noticed some activity going on in one of the rock pools.  A mussel collector, wearing snorkel and flippers, was at work filling a bag with tasty morsels. Here is the B&W edit of my shot.

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In the original colour version, he’s far more visible. Must be something to do with the bright yellow flippers.

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One of the guests at my sister’s birthday party on Saturday brought along a plate of delicious bacon-wrapped mussels which he had earlier collected from this same part of the beach. Needless to say, they didn’t last long.


Sunday Stills Challenge: Red is for rubies

Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge this week is ‘Red’ which happens to be one of my favourite colours, maybe because I’m a Leo and my birthstone is the ruby. When I’m wearing red, I can sometimes get very brave, like when I got up and serenaded hubby at our Ruby Wedding celebration dinner.


Some time ago, the love of my life gave me a pretty little ruby and diamond heart pendant, which I really enjoyed wearing.  Sadly, last year it was stolen whilst we were on holiday, and as you can imagine, I was most upset. Today I’m back in the red again.


I’ve just just woken up to see  that I have dozens of wonderful birthday messages from my friends on Facebook and my family overseas, and will be chatting on Skype to my daughter and son this morning.  I feel like a real celebrity and know that today is going to be very special. To get in the mood, I’m sitting with a bowl of red berries for breakfast, and listening to my favourite birthday song.

Later, we’ll be going to lunch at one of my favourite restaurants. I know it must seem to you that I’m always eating, but don’t worry, I’m as tall as I’ll ever be, and as long as my birthday makes me older and wiser, and not older and wider, I’m happy.

Have a lovely day.


My granddaughter is all grown up.

Today is my darling granddaughter Tamsyn’s 19th birthday. What a very special person she is, and it doesn’t seem that long ago that she was just a tiny princess.


She’s always loved to dance, and has made us all so proud of her through the years.


She is full of fun, and loves to goof around.


She loves dressing up, and as you can see, is a whole lot of fun to be with.


Her pics on Facebook always make me smile.


She can play the ‘Femme Fatale’ with panache.


This is what she does after Sunday lunch.


She has challenged me to do this on a few occasions. Does she think I’m crazy?


Maybe this would be easier, but I’m not going to even try.


She’s grown up so fast, and passed her driving test this week. That’s no mean feat in Johannesburg.


What an elegant young lady she’s become.


Happy birthday, Tamsyn. May all your dreams come true, and be sure to always keep that wonderful smile.