Pull Up A Seat And Wait

XingfuMama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat’ challenge has come around again. When waiting for something to happen, I find that it’s always good to have somewhere to sit. After all, one never knows how long the wait is going to be.

One of our local restaurants in Umhlanga South Africa, obviously wants to make their customers feel like royalty if they have to wait for a table.


In Costa Rica we had these two beautifully-carved wooden benches to choose from whilst waiting for our river cruise.


I prefer hard suitcases rather than the canvas ones. Not only are they stronger to withstand the harsh manhandling they have to endure, but they also make a good seat whilst waiting for the taxi to the airport. We were embarking on a two month round-the-world trip and as you can see, I haven’t yet mastered the art of travelling light.


Happy weekend to you all.

To take part in this challenge, just click the link and post your seat photos.


Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge: Abandoned

Seen on one of my walks along the beach promenade. My guess is that somebody’s parent got tired of carrying it, and surreptitiously discarded the balloon when their child wasn’t looking. Have you ever done such a dastardly thing? I seem to remember that I have. 🙂



Cape Town Panorama for Thursday’s Special

Paula’s Thursday’s Special this week is ‘Panorama’. Here are panoramic pics taken from the top of Table Mountain, looking down over the city of Cape Town and Table Bay. My header pic also shows Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for eighteen  years during the South African Apartheid era.


Table Mountain, is one of the ‘Seven Wonders of Nature’, and if you are fortunate enough to visit Cape Town, you will definitely understand why.


I did a post about Table Mountain about a year ago, so if you would like to see more of my photos and read some of the history, you can click here.

To see what Paula has posted for her challenge, click the ‘Special’ badge.


A Familiar Rural Scene in Africa, for the WPC ‘Yellow’

Seen on the road home from ‘The Palace of the Lost City’ resort, to our then home in Johannesburg. The dry, yellow grass, was still waiting for the summer rainfall, to turn the countryside green once more.


(Limpopo is one of South Africa’s rural provinces, where the use of donkey carts remains a means of transportation and income for villagers. Both goods and people, including schoolchildren, are carried on these carts.)

To see more entries for this week’s ‘Yellow’ challenge, click below.


The King of the Jungle has his own special day.

“Knowledge is like a Lion; it cannot be gently embraced.” ~ South African proverb

Today Is World Lion Day. Here is one of these most majestic of creatures, seen at the ‘Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve’, set in the heart of the ‘Cradle of Humankind’ World Heritage Site, west of Johannesburg.


World Lion Day is:

“An independent campaign working to highlight the importance of the lion globally and to raise lion conservation awareness worldwide. “Saving the King of Beasts to Save Ourselves”

…The lion is an enduring symbol across the nations and has fascinated man throughout the millennia. To lose such a species would be to lose a significant part of our global heritage.”

as stated at the official ‘World Lion Day‘ campaign page.

Photo: Be active today on World Lion Day. Create awareness and support those working to save the King of Beasts and his Kingdom.

See more lions on Marina’s Blog.

“It’s better to be a lion for a day, than a sheep all your life.”

~ Elizabeth Kenny (An Australian nurse, whose principles of muscle rehabilitation became the foundation of physiotherapy.)

Lookin’ Through Windows for Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge

A person can see some really interesting things when looking through windows. I try not to peep through house windows as I walk past, but sometimes the temptation is just too much. 🙂 I guess it would be very cheeky to take pics of the inside of someone’s private dwelling, so I haven’t any of those.

Of course, at the aquarium there are lots of windows to protect the viewers from the occupants of those glass cases. Little Sienna can smile, knowing she’s quite safe from the huge shark only metres behind her.


Spectators can happily take photos of the Manta rays, and a host of other fishies. Whatever did man do before the invention of glass? It’s such a useful material. Did you realise that it’s been around since 3,500 BC?


I bet Sienna never thought she’d be able to drive a London bus when she visited South Africa.


Here’s a view from the car window, which is not at all surprising when visiting the Lion Park. IMG_0664

Finally, when taking a pic of the signs for sale at our local hardware store, I got lots of reflections through the window.


To see more entries for Ed’s Sunday Post challenge, just click on the link..





An Assortment of Circles and Curves for Cee’s FFC

I have a few pics for Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge this week. So many objects are round, or simple curved, and this little fairy toadstool in my MiL’s garden, seems to perfectly fit the bill.


This vibrant piece of Ardmore ceramic art, always catches my eye when I visit my sister.


This gorgeous Christmas snow-globe ornament was in the foyer of a hotel we stayed in on our journey from Florida to New Jersey, last December.


On one of my walks up the hill into the village, I saw that someone had planted a sapling in the grass, and decided it needed a bit of curved metal rod to protect it. The cute yellow bows reminded me of that old song “Tie a  yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.”


Of course, I have to include something from one of my beach walks here. Set into the concrete on our pier, there are several fish shapes made of ceramics, and I think my toes are also a bit curved. 🙂


To see more entries for Cee’s FFC this week, just click on the badge below.


Time to say “Goodbye.”

So, my piano is gone. After thirty-one years of bonding and companionship, we have sadly parted company. This morning when I came downstairs, it looked quite forlorn, and I felt really sad. The empty cabinets in the dining room bore witness to the fact that something is afoot. That lovely, but sad song, “Time to say goodbye,” popped into my mind, and I remembered my school pupils singing it to me, thirteen years ago, on my last day of teaching music in Johannesburg. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house, and I felt the same sort of emotion today.


Just after 8-30, the removals van arrived, and soon my home was a hive of activity. All I could hear above the cheerful but very loud voices of the work team, was the sound of bubble-wrap sheeting being cut, and adhesive tape being pulled. Soon my piano was cosily wrapped up, and all that needed to be done was to take off the legs and pedal lyre.


When my other piano was delivered in Florida, it took only two men to bring it in and assemble it. They had a special trolley with wheels, which made it much easier. Here, we had six men plus the foreman, and they still battled to get it out of the house. There was much huffing and puffing and chanting too. “Hai-wetu…..Hai-wetu…..Hai-wetu!” …… the Zulu equivalent of “Heave-ho, me hearties.”


Well, now they and my piano are gone, along with my dining room suite, spare bedroom suite, TV + cabinet, two standing lamps, and sewing machine. The shipment should arrive at our daughter’s house early next week. I’m suddenly starting to believe that this move is for real.

I wish you all a great weekend.