Pull Up A Seat, Mrs. Edison

Four years ago we visited the Edison Heritage garden in Fort Myers. Thomas Edison’s second wife, Mina Miller had a great love for the tranquility of formal gardens and created many beautiful ones in the grounds of their extensive winter estate.

This sculpture shows her sitting on a bench, peacefully admiring the plants around her.

 

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This couple are resting a while to admire the ocean scene from a well-placed bench in my home town of Umhlanga Rocks. I really miss that view, and hope to be back there for a visit very soon.

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To take part in Xingfumama’s ‘Pull Up A Seat Challenge,‘ just click the link.

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Got The Monday Blues?

The best kind of Monday blues.

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Yesterday, I had a wonderful reunion with my sister and her family. There will be more good times together in the next two weeks and on Wednesday, our daughter and granddaughter arrive to spend a long weekend with us.

Wishing you all a splendid week.

My Sunday Photo: Hello Aloe Vera

Here I am again in Umhlanga Rocks South Africa, and this morning we went walking along the sea front. At this time of year, the Aloes are coming to the end of their flowering season, and although the birds have had a really good peck at them,  I was struck by how beautiful they still look against the deep azure of the sky.

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It’s great to be back here for a short while. Happy Sunday to you all.

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Wordless Wednesday: A Wonderful Sight

Just thought I’d pop in to report that my eye is now completely healed. It’s so nice to be able to take photos again.

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I must go down to the sea again,
to the lonely sea and the sky;
I left my shoes and socks there –
I wonder if they’re dry?  ~ Spike Milligan

Happy Wednesday to you all.

 

‘Meeting at the pier’ for Jude’s Bench Series #24

I’ve been absent from the blogs for a few days, as we’re still away on holiday. Yesterday we arrived at my MiL’s house in England, and over the next week will be having family and friend reunions before returning to Florida on 4th July. My blog friend, author Dianne Gray commented “I was about to call the WordPress police to see if you were okay,” so I thought I’d check in with a contribution for Jude’s Bench series, which this month calls for edited photos of benches.

In Umhlanga Rocks we have a splendid pier which boasts many benches where one can sit and watch the waves and ships, or gaze across at the lighthouse. My attention was caught by the little gathering next to the steps. There’s a security guard, and a very colourful beach vendor wearing an assortment of sunhats and carrying buckets, spades and fishing nets, chatting with a couple of their friends.

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I cropped the photo to focus on the group, and saturated the colours to make the scene look more jolly.

Here’s the original, complete with wonky horizon line. 😕

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3 days…3 quotes challenge: One happy fisherman

Thanks to Aletta of ‘nowathome‘, for tagging me to do the 3 days, 3 quotes challenge. For day two, I have another photo taken at our beach here in Umhlanga Rocks. Just as I was walking past this fisherman, he caught a good-sized fish and proudly held it up for me to photograph. My quote, is the caption underneath the photo.

"Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." ~ Confucius

“Give a man a fish and he will eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime.” ~ Confucius

The rules of the challenge are:

1) Thank the person who nominated you.
2) Post a quote each day for 3 days.
3) Each day nominate 3 new bloggers to take part.

My 3 nominees for today are:

1) Lola of ‘Simply beautiful’

2) Lisa of ‘Light in Shadows’

3) Nancy of ‘Spirit Lights the Way’

(No problem if you don’t have the time or inclination to accept this challenge.)