A Word a Week Photograph Challenge- Contrast

Rebloged this post of mine to show the beauty of Cape Town once again, once is never enough for the “Fairest Cape in the Whole World!” Thanks to Vanessa Hughes for the pictures!!

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It was a day out with family last year in 2013 when these were taken at their ‘local’ Table Mountain!!

View at sunset.

Table mountain view

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Top of Table Mountain- shades of distance contrasts.

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 There was time to visit seel island another day.

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Seel island

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Amazing sky!

Thanks to Vanessa Hughes, my niece, for the photographs.

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Valentines Day- Non Event

Just in time- Happy Valentines Day!

'Work Out' each Day

For a small minority in town – Valentine’s Day matters.  It is so discriminatory!th2BKMUQRH

For the rest of us who are anti the special ‘lovey dovey’ day, be it for commercial reasons, ‘past all that crap’, reasons or the simple fact that we are better going it alone and happy that way; what a heap of broken hearts are we!

Commercially speaking it makes loads of money for superstores, restaurants and flower shops, while eating holes in the pockets of some poor unsuspecting suitor who knows he/she has to make the purchase or loose out on the partner.

Discriminatory! and a waste of good money.  Love should not have a price tag!

So what side of the fence are you on, I say what a waste of red ink!

I also say, that there is no such thing as a broken heart, as such, it a kick in the butt of your ego…

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Valentines Day- Non Event

For a small minority in town – Valentine’s Day matters.  It is so discriminatory!th2BKMUQRH

 

For the rest of us who are anti the special ‘lovey dovey’ day, be it for commercial reasons, ‘past all that crap’, reasons or the simple fact that we are better going it alone and happy that way; what a heap of broken hearts are we!

Commercially speaking it makes loads of money for superstores, restaurants and flower shops, while eating holes in the pockets of some poor unsuspecting suitor who knows he/she has to make the purchase or loose out on the partner.

Discriminatory! and a waste of good money.  Love should not have a price tag!

So what side of the fence are you on, I say what a waste of red ink!

I also say, that there is no such thing as a broken heart, as such, it a kick in the butt of your ego that is the worst pain.  The fact that you believed in someone and trusted them.

Perhaps you were at fault too, perhaps you ‘sat’ on your butt a bit too much and put nothing into the relationship, ever thought of that?  Or perhaps you ache because you tried too hard, always gave 120% and perhaps it is actually going too OTT, over the top.  That’s your feelings that hurt, not your heart!

However, there are so many others out there who have personal and private  reasons why Valentine’s day hurts.  You be strong!

And for the minority, Happy Valentines Day!

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The Picture Says it All

I have not made contact for a while…… as we were busy with our exciting new changes in 2016.  A new country, a new home, a new start.

The move went so well and family rallied around to give welcome support. Yay!!

So grateful to my daughter for taking this shot, as it is the most significant picture of all the pictures taken; because my grandchildren are together and so happy.

The Irish, the English and the Welsh, and yet all South African in a way!

It warms my heart!

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Your Life – Make it Work – 2016

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We often say, If I knew what I know now……

If we could have started out with a draft of our lives and managed it carefully would it have turned out any different to where you are today?  Remembering – it was only a draft! 

I don’t think so.

How many corners has your life turned so far; and I have the cheek to say, so far!  Things can change, even if change isn’t planned, in the blink of an eye.

I am living in my 27th house, and now, I don’t fret about the things I don’t have any more.  “You need to truely recognise and value of what you do have.”  Each move was for a reason and with each came growth.  Yes it is all about the journey and how we savour every minute and learn along the way.  Keep your eyes open.

“The Begining is always today” said Mary Shelley.

New houses don’t make our lives change and improve, we are responsible for that; it is all down to our stamina, drive and perseverance.  You have to want to improve first. 

The same goes for moving into a new year- 2016

Resolutions are not going to make any difference if you don’t make them work because they will improve your life and help you to achieve the things that flash through your dreams at night.

2016 brings new changes for all my family.

Happy New Year to all my readers families ‘ – embrace your changes in 2016 with courage and strength, love what you do and believe in yourself.

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Simplicity and Christmas

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Love, love, love this picture and cannot remember where I found it!  It could never be called cluttered or a mess of colour, it simply flows.

It’s coordinated, soft and flimsy.

Yet too much to unpick. Like the cluttered brain of two days before Christmas. 

About now you may have decided to go with the flow, what we don’t have we won’t miss; what you failed to find on the supermarket shelf, you simply won’t be eating this year!

‘Simplicity can mean half witted or naïve.’, but you are not that….

Simplicity can be Best.

Too much hype around having the correct meal to present on Christmas day is often overdone.  What about the year, you woke up after your afternoon nap on Christmas day and realized the parsnips had been left out completely, you’d forgotten to cook then!

Did anyone miss them? No.

Christmas day is cluttered with “too much”, but we love that clutter and tend to automatically go over the top, spoil the already too spoilt people we love.

Don’t let trying to be too perfect spoil the happy family time this year; don’t regret what you did not buy or could not buy, enjoy what little you have and be grateful for the day.  A day of celebration, peace, love and joy.

I wish just this, to all who read my words today.

Happy Christmas and a Peaceful New Year where ever you are.

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Grateful for the Day. on Warm Heart Wednesday.

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New New New

“New” has to be the best word of the week for me!

Apparently according

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to  facebook, blah, blah; “Joy” is my word for 2016.  Well they are so believable this time around, as it is how we would like the year ahead to perform. Bring it on…2016!!

 

But lets get Christmas behind us first, we often hear this said.  Nooooo…., shouldn’t say that! Christmas is the best time.  And, WOW, the memories we have of Christmas’s past are ours forever.   Christmas is new every year; new memories, new gifts and new things to be thankful for.  Today we have been given a brand new day!

However…… with Christmas out of the way and the New Year, 2016 before us……  If I can squeeze anymore into my happy heart, everything is “new”!  So grateful to be given this chance at this time of my life, a whole new world promises to open up.

Bring it on..2016!

And I think that fits in nicely with Warm Heart Wednesday posts.

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A Joyful Journey

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I knew as I opened my eyes, that this was what I wanted to write about today. This lovely time of year, and my unexpected journey yesterday. I would struggle to find a reason not to be happy or grateful after this past week.

Christmas music playing in Tesco caught me unawares yesterday; I found myself tearful, tears of joy – so grateful for a normal Christmas, knowing my man was at home dozing in his chair.

Little children on their way home from school in bobbly hats, with flushed cheeks, mittens and boots- a wonderful time of year when you are that age; it warmed my heart to trespass in their little minds for a few seconds.

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Being able to laugh spontaneously with the staff at the deli counter as they danced and sang to the music while serving me. All good stuff!

Was it the joy within me that allowed me to see everything so differently?  If so, I am so grateful.

 

 

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Hug Yourself

When we are sad, upset and alone and need a hug, we never think to try a ‘lone hug’! They say it works.  Try it!

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Well, today I could just hug myself out of joy, hug myself because I have opened the door again to my wr1ting, sharing and blogging.  There is healing there too; being able to express myself again; talk about good things, positive steps forward.

Oh, and yesterday I received a most beautifully written message in a card from a really lovely person, a man who sat on our board of management at the charity I used to work for. A real ‘warm’ genuine message.  A Warm Heart Wednesday message.

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Warm Heart Wednesday

Jenny, thank you, I have decided to join you! Journal of Joy!!

For 7 long months I have told myself that I am too occupied with my responsibilities and illness in the house for the last 2 years.  Maybe this will give me the kick start needed to get back to my blog.

What do we all do when we meet up with someone who will listen: we moan about the weather, the late bus or the missing post.  Put all these negatives to bed; why…. Jenny said so!

To tell of my best moments from last week will give me huge pleasure, as I think everyone else is tired of my exciting news.

One: I have finally retired from a 16 year occupation working for charity, which was pretty much my life.  I was reluctant to leave it all behind, feared retirement, but am now happy that I can be at home every day and share my husbands daily challenges.

Two: The Hospice gave me a terrific send off and I was overwhelmed by the amount of staff and volunteers who turned up to say goodbye!  The words that were spoken about my time with them were beautiful, and humbling.  I was spoilt!

Three:  The very best one!!  I am returning to Ireland, the land of my birth after all these years: nearly 50 in South Africa and now we will be leaving the UK in January.  The removal truck was booked on Saturday!!!  So excited as it will open up a new life for us both and maybe bring some positives into my darling husbands life too.  And my writing and other hobbies may all see light of day again!

I have written this post for Warm Heart Wednesday.

 

 

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