One Word Sunday: Rock

Debbie’s One Word Sunday Challenge this week, is ‘Rock’. As some of my blog followers may remember, I am now in South Africa after a two and a half year absence. We started off in Johannesburg for a week with our daughter and son-in-law, then drove down to the coast to Umhlanga Rocks, the seaside town where we used to live. As its name suggests, there are many rocks along the shoreline.

Some of the rocks are rather large.

My favourite lighthouse has been warning ships off these rocks since 1954.

The sad news is that so far, I haven’t been able to walk along the promenade to see the lighthouse up close, as my left hip which has been giving me problems for quite some time now, has finally decided it needs replacing. Tuesday is the day when this will happen, so I may be absent for a little while. I’m very grateful to have found a highly recommended surgeon here to do the deed. See you all soon.

To join in Debbie’s ‘Rock’ challenge, just click the link.

One Word Sunday: Skyline

Debbie’s one word this Sunday is ‘Skyline’, so I’ve travelled over in spirit to South Africa and the seaside town of Umhlanga where we used to live.

This was the skylne we saw as we walked a few steps down the pathway leading from our house to the beach and the Indian Ocean.

A short distance along the beach and past the lighthouse, one could look back and see this skyline with an often hazy view of the city of Durban in the distance..

A little further along the promenade, one could look out to sea and admire the candelabra-shaped aloes which line the pathway.

I’m not really much of an early bird, but getting up in time to view the sunrise over the sea was always worth the effort. Now all these skylines are making me really homesick.

I hope you’ve all enjoyed a lovely weekend. To join Debbie’s ‘One Word Sunday’, just click the link.

My Sunday Photo: Lighthouse Memories

My sister’s painting of the Umhlanga lighthouse, which she did for my birthday a few of years ago,  has survived the trip over from South Africa, and it’s so nice to see it again. I have such great memories of living there, right next to the beach.

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Hope you’re all having a great Sunday. Mine can be summed up in two words, “Packing Boxes.” We’re going to the Super Bowl dinner at the club tonight, so that will be a most enjoyable end to the busy day.

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WPC: Close Ups from South Africa and Florida

In this week’s Photo Challenge, we’re invited to” discover the hidden details that can only be seen up close.”

I’ve posted this one before, but it does happen to be my all time favourite close up. Isn’t he cute?

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Another popular subject for my photos, is the Umhlanga lighthouse.

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These pigeons in the aloe caught my attention as I strolled along by the ocean.

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Another much bigger bird is the Ibis who often comes pecking his way through my back yard here in Florida.

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I certainly couldn’t leave out Mr. GBH, as he looks so good close up, especially on a windy day.

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Hope you’re all off to a good start this weekend. Enjoy.

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Bench Series #18: Admiring the view

The day after we arrived here in Umhlanga Rocks, we went for our favourite walk along the promenade. This couple were ‘sitting ducks’ just waiting to be shot for Jude’s ‘Benches at the Beach’ challenge. I’m not sure which of these two images I prefer, so I’ll show you both of them.

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To join in the challenge, just visit Jude’s ‘Benches at the Beach’ post.

 

Thursday’s Special: Out on the water

Here’s my contribution to Paula’s Thursday Special ‘Water’. This photo was taken from the Umhlanga Rocks Lifeguard station, where hubby and I often went for an early breakfast.  The crew are most probably on their way out to inspect the shark nets which lie a few hundred metres offshore.

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To see more entries for Paula’s Challenge, please click the badge.

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Travel Theme: I’m a minimalist at the beach.

Most of the time I’m a really sociable person, but when I go to the beach, I do love somewhere quiet and uncluttered. A few bicycles are just fine, as long as their riders are nowhere to be seen.

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Ah yes, this is just perfect……..one dead tree and no live people!

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I’m quite willing to share my paddling space with one gull, but that’s about as generous as I get.

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Of course, one must always be prepared for an unexpected interruption of such paradisical minimalism. A jogger might suddenly appear, whilst at the same time, a head pops up for air from the hitherto unpopulated sand.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed my minimalist beach pics for Ailsa’s Travel Theme.