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…

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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

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

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Such excitement…

Yesterday (Monday 6 Jan) we had such excitement on the golf estate where we live. The club hosted a pro-am charity golf day and they were privileged to have several local and international professional golf players taking part in the tournament.

Our house is fairly close to the clubhouse and around 7.30 am I heard the whirring of helicopters. On looking out of the windows I saw two helicopters had landed on the tee boxes of the 10th hole in front of the clubhouse. They were too far away for me to see who was privileged enough to be transported around in this manner. A little while later the helicopters were back again bringing in more people. Oh my goodness…it was certainly setting the tone for an exciting day!

We knew that Charl Schwartzel, a well-known South African golf player, and Darren Clarke were amongst the celebrity guests, so we were really looking forward to walking around and seeing these players in action.

A friend and I decided to follow Darren Clarke and his group around for a while. It was so interesting watching the big guns in action. They certainly did not have it all their way and found our “little” course quite challenging. Now I wonder if they know how some of us mere mortals feel when tackling the course!!

One of my sons laughed and said we were real golf groupies when I told him about our exciting day. I agreed with him and said we were like star-struck teenagers 🙂

At the end of the day a golf clinic was hosted by, the very amusing, Dave Usendorff. Dave is a golf pro and well-known speaker in South Africa. He entertained us with some amazing trick shots as well as getting some of the other pros to demonstrate some of their shots with various clubs.

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A bit of colour and a bit of b&w…

As I sit at my computer in my study, this is my view outside the sliding door…

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I love the sound of water and the running fountain is very peaceful. Today is overcast, but it is a lovely change from the heat and humidity that we have had over the past couple of months.

My B&W version…

Courtyard Lk3 Vanilla SL 70%

I wandered out into the garden and saw this orange flower (I think it is a honeysuckle)…

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and my B&W version…

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Lens: 50mm f1.4

I am making a last minute entry for this week’s MOM challenge.

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2nd Childhood or…

I don’t know whether I am living a 2nd childhood or being paid back for what was done to my children, but…yesterday I had to go into hospital to have grommets put into my ear! At my great age, I developed glue ear…sigh!

I must say that I have not noticed a huge difference and can only hope that it clears over the next few days, otherwise I do not know what will be next!!

Views from yesterday…

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Goodbye 2012…

Earlier on I received my annual report from WordPress on my blogging. Not exactly a star performance, in that I only put 21 posts on my blog this year…oops! WordPress were very polite in their review – thank you WP for your tactfulness 🙂

As I write this, we have just under 8 hours to go till 2013 makes its appearance in South Africa.

I haven’t made any New Year’s resolutions…it gets too discouraging when 3 January comes and I have already fallen by the wayside – hehe! Maybe I will TRY to resolve to do better with my blogging and my photography. However, I have to decide on a realistic goal. A blog-a-day or photo-a-day is just not going to be achieved in my house, so I will have to give it some more thought as what to do. If you want to know what I finally decide on…watch this blog 🙂

I will be spending the last of 2012 and beginning of 2013 in splendid style…in bed and, hopefully, fast asleep! I have laryngitis, a very sore throat, earache and am generally feeling rubbish 😦 Sooo exciting!

To close this post and the last blog of 2012…a photograph…

This bushbuck came very close to the house on Christmas Day and nibbled on some of the plants in our garden. We felt very privileged that he joined us for his Christmas nibble.

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House Construction Progress…

House…still looking very much like a building site, but beginning to take on the shape of a home!

View from the road…

Stone Cladding next to front entrance. The door still to be fitted…

Courtyard…

Bedroom 3…

Bedroom 2…

Bedroom 2 en-suite…

Main bedroom views…

View of lounge area from kitchen…

Outside view from lounge…

Kitchen looking from lounge…

Dining and bar area…

Deck under construction (looking from main bedroom)…

View of house (one on left) from other side of golf course…

Bits and Bobs…

This morning I played golf in our regular Tuesday ladies’ competition day. The new year might have started a month ago, but it seems that our ladies’ days are only now just starting to get going again after the holiday season. So many people have only recently got back to Lagos and there are still several more who have still yet to come back.

Actually, golf-wise, we are coming to the end of the golf year. In a couple of weeks the AGM will take place and there will be a change of committee and the new golf year will start. I sincerely hope that I can start a new golf game and play better than I have been doing so lately 🙂

When I got home I decided to play around and take photos of this wine bottle and glass. It was way more difficult than I expected!

Here is one of the resulting pictures…