Hammock and Lighthouse Shadows for the Weekly Photo Challenge

This week’s photo challenge ‘Shadowed’, brought to mind my hammock photo which was my previous blog header. It brings back great memories of our holiday in Bora Bora a few years ago, and I’ve been toying with the idea of resurrecting it. What do you think?


Today would have been my sixth and final art class, when I would have finished my lighthouse painting. Unfortunately, we have to travel to Fort Myers for our Green Card application USCIS Biometrics screening. It’s a three hour drive, and as our appointment is at 8am on Thursday, we’ve decided to spend a couple of days there and check out a bit of the Gulf Coast. This is my unfinished painting, and as you may notice, there’s quite a nice bit of shadow on the one side.


I’ll catch up with you all when I get back at the weekend, unless I think of something I want to say before then.


Looking back and pressing forward

Happy New Year everyone. Here are a few of my memories of 2014. It was very difficult to choose just one photo from each month, but I hope you enjoy these.

In January we were here in Florida, and I was wearing my fingers to the bone for the concert that never happened. After all the time and energy spent learning the songs and practising endlessly with the cast, I was more than a little p’d off with the organisers.


In February, our 6 month visitors’ visa was up, so we had to say goodbye to our home here, and go back to South Africa.


One of the first things we did on our return, was to take a trip up to Johannesburg to see our daughter and family. It was our grandson’s 15th birthday, and we had an unforgettable evening at the ‘Madame Zingara’ dinner and show at Monte Casino. Here is a waiter whose image is forever etched in my memory.


In April, we went to my sister’s house for a delicious Easter lunch, and I provided the dessert, a decadent chocolate cheesecake complete with little bunnies, who all got eaten with not even a passing thought for their cuteness.


In May, our mom celebrated her 89th birthday, and my sister made a delicious chocolate cake to share with all the residents at the care home.


In June, hubby and I made a trip down the coast to meet up with my very longstanding blogger friend Kragenhai, and Cindy his gorgeous St Bernard.


In July, I had a birthday high tea at the Oyster Box Hotel, just up the road from our house.


In August, our daughter treated us to a luxurious weekend stay at the same hotel. It was fabulous to sit out on the balcony and watch the dolphins cavorting in the waves.


We returned to Florida in September, and it was so exciting to see the brand new roof  on the ‘abandoned house’ we’d bought earlier in the year. Hubby started the renovation work inside, that same week.


In October we took a flight up the New Jersey to see our son and his lovely family. One of the highlights was accompanying our little granddaughter on her school trip to the pumpkin farm.


In November, we brought home this exquisite orchid, which is still blooming profusely.


In December I decided to try my hand at painting, and joined an art class. It’s a six week course, and I still have two weeks to go.


This morning, we will start the New Year as we mean to go on. There’s a ‘New Year’s Day Master Class’ at our gym. At 10am we have Kick Boxing and Boot Camp, followed by Bokwa and Strength Conditioning, and rounded off with Abs and Core plus a bit of Yoga. Two and a half hours in all. How are you spending your first day of the year? Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2015.

Lighthouse Progress for Paula’s Thursday Special

This week, Paula’s ‘Thursday’s Special’ theme is ‘Imperfection’. I think this would be a good place to show you the progress I’ve made with my lighthouse painting. This was my third art class, and I would have liked to have got a bit further by now, but this week, my more experienced classmates were quite demanding of the teacher’s attention, and I got a bit neglected. I’m going to have to practice shouting,”When you’ve got a minute!” as they do. 🙂


There’s still a lot of work to do, but it’s coming on quite well. I doubt it will ever be perfect, but it’s not bad for a first effort. I still have to add a few seagulls and also some grasses in the foreground. I think that next time, I’ll choose to paint something a bit more abstract, rather than a structure. Getting the 3D effect is quite tricky.

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