Away in the wild…

I can’t believe that it has been so long since I posted a blog! I thought I had done so last month!! How time flies…

Earlier this year we went to Tembe Elephant Park up in northern Kwazulu-Natal. This is a small game park in South Africa, but is a great place to visit. Whilst we did not get to see any of the big cats, we certainly had some wonderful sightings.

Tembe lived up to its name and showed us lots of elephant sightings. One of the waterholes, in this sadly drought-ridden area, produced some really interesting viewing.

Just a couple of shots taken at the waterhole…

Let me rest my weary tusk…

Let me rest my weary tusk

I’m the boss of you…



Muddy Puddles…

It’s a new year, it’s a new day and time for a new post.

Am still very fuzzy-headed with a flu bug that I have been battling to overcome.  I acquired this bug whilst in the UK, where we have just spent Christmas 2015.  It was the first time that we had spent it with our little grandchildren…what a blessing they are!

Anyway, whilst spending time with the little ones we learnt what their favourite TV programmes are. Number 1 definitely appears to be Peppa Pig!

On the 31st we went for a walk with my daughter, her husband and their little treasure. As it had been raining, there were muddy puddles along the way and my granddaughter had great fun walking through them and jumping in them Peppa Pig-style.

Here’s to muddy puddles…


Morning Scenes

The other morning I got up, made a cup of coffee, grabbed my camera and went off in the golf cart on the estate where we live. It was a lovely, if slightly chilly, winter’s morning.

As the sun was rising and heating up our little world it caused mists over the dams (ponds as some people would call them). It was not windy and there were also some reflections in the waters that caught my eye along the way.

Morning Scenes Collage

Painting – Wine Bottle

A couple of weeks ago I went to the North Coast Art Group meeting, where the guest speaker was Heidi Shedlock. Heidi is an artist and she talked about her daily paintings and what started her on that particular journey. To read her story and see her wonderful paintings please visit her blog Paintings In The Post. She is a dynamic and inspiring speaker.  She also, in the time at the meeting, pretty much completed a painting! Amazing…I am soooo slow when I work! Anyway, I was so inspired that I went home and did this little painting the following day.


Wine Bottle – 7″x5″ oil on primed canvas panel

I can tell you how I am not happy with so many aspects of this painting, but…I am learning and I have to look at the parts that please me. I have to know that I will have successes and I will have even more failures…it is a process. Most importantly, I enjoyed doing the painting🙂

Variations on a Frog…

The other day my husband told me that there was a  frog was sitting on the counter next to the outdoor sink in my drying yard. I took my camera to go and photograph it. After taking a few shots with my 24-105mm lens, I went and got the Macro lens… Frog I think it is a Tree Frog and in reality he was only about 2 inches/5cm in length, but he looks rather large when photographed with a macro lens. Of course, I cannot leave well alone when it comes to editing. First of all in Lightroom I played around with a Bleach By-Pass edit… Bleach By-Pass Then I did an edit on the original photo. First of all I added a Poster Edge layer, then a blue Overlay blend layer and this was the result… PE Bl OL I think it looks as if he is sitting at the water’s edge of a pond.

We are off on a road trip on Monday to go down to Robertson in the Cape, so I will not be blogging whilst away. I really hope that I come back with some exciting photos🙂

I am linking up to this week’s MOM challenge. If you look closely enough there are touches of orange and blue is the complementary colour of orange😉


A New Thing…

I have recently discovered a lovely group of people…cyclists! Several of our friends are keen cyclists and a few months ago my dearly beloved started joining them on their morning rides.

I’d my bike for 2 years, but had only ridden about four times…shocking! Here it is…

Bicycle colour

Anyway, in December, at the grand age of 60 plus a few months, I got on the bike and started cycling. We live in an area that has some sneaky little hills, which are killers when one is unfit and starting out in this sport. My poor little heart pounds away and I puff and pant up those little killers!

I am not usually proud of what I do or my achievements, but I must say that I am pretty chuffed with myself and how I am improving. I have now graduated from my baby rides to riding with the group of friends. However, I realise my limits and am definitely the slowest in the group.

This brings me back to the group of cyclists…they are so encouraging and complimentary about my efforts. At least one of them hangs back with me and makes sure I do not get into any problems on the ride. A couple of them have been my personal trainers and taught me how to use the gears etc. As I said…what a lovely group of people.

A b&w version…

IMG_8348 B&W

…and a partial colour edit for MOM 127

IMG_8341 partial colour orange

I changed the red of the bike like to orange, though it still looks pretty red here🙂


MOM 126 – Painting With Light

On Friday night I went on an outing with the Photo Club that I have just joined – the Ballito Photo Club. We went down to the beach at Salt Rock and played around with Painting With Light. This was the first time that I had tried this technique. I did not get great shots, but it was fun and I certainly learnt a couple of things.

In the photo below one of the members had tied some coloured LED lights together and she swung them in a circle, whilst walking in front of us…

Spiralling Away

My husband twirled an LED torch in wavy patterns for the following shot…

Abstract Curves

For this week’s MOM entry I added an orange filter to the shot and this was the effect…

Abstract Curves Orange Filter


MoM 106…

My previous post was about a visit to a spa hotel. The following photo was of the wall around the church. I love old buildings and weathered walls, doors etc. They have such character.

IMG_6487stroke-2I am posting a last minute entry on Lori’s Mandarin Orange Monday

I changed the photo to Black & White, then used the Coloured Pencil in the Filters layer…

Coloured Pencil

Then I added an orange colour fill layer, changed the blend layer to overlay and lowered the opacity…

Colour Fill

Mandarin Orange Monday

Time Away…

On Monday and Tuesday my daughter and I went to a Spa Hotel for a relaxing getaway. Hoar Cross Hall is situated in a village in Staffordshire in England.

Over the time that we spent there we had nothing more taxing to think about other than what treatment to have and then…should we go to the hydrotherapy pool or the saltwater vitality pool…decisions, decisions!

In the evening there were more decisions to be made…what to choose for dinner. The poor waitress kept coming to take our order, only to to be told we hadn’t made up our minds!! Eventually, we made our choices and then proceeded to eat some very delicious food.

On Monday afternoon we went for a walk around the grounds of the hotel…



The Church…



A statue on the outside wall of the church…


Garden features…