WordPress Weekly Photo: Reward – Summer Sundowners

One of the most rewarding activities to indulge in during summer is to have poolside sundowners. Something to look forward to on a weekend. South Africa has so much sun and we’re so lucky up here in Gauteng, that it would be a shame not to spend each and every minute of the day outside.

Gauteng South Africa
Cheese, wine, or apple cider, a fitting finale to summer weekends (taken with Hipstamatic on iPhone 6 Plus, so the size and resolution may be affected).

#weekendcoffeeshare: Still car-less and other things

#weekendcoffeeshare https://parttimemonster.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/weekend-coffee-share-3/

If we were having coffee I would tell you that this weekend was hot and wonderful. Despite the loadshedding, twice, I still managed to blog, three times, and do a draft post for tomorrow night. I have also joined the Blogging from A to Z challenge.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I am still car-less and that next week is going to prove complicated to get to work. The engine overhaul is proving to be more difficult than imagined – Tony the mechanic said that all other cars are easy to find parts for but that somehow this hasn’t been the case for my car. It’s been called “exotic” (!) by the tyre places that use it to charge me an arm and a leg for a new set of tyres, but it is not the only one of its kind on the road – I’ve seen many others. In any event, I have managed without a car for 6 weeks now so that when I get my own car back I will not know what to do. Tomorrow Che and I will have to negotiate my before-work appointment, his commitments and me actually going to work.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that I was mightily pissed off at my mobile service provider for having suspended my service. I dragged myself to the mall this morning to get it sorted out – it had to do with a credit limit (!) which was lower than my contract amount (!) which meant that my service would always be suspended from the middle of every month. This wasn’t considered when I upgraded my contract on the 31st December. Patricia from the MTN shop at The Glen explained the situation – she was a real life saver, and fixed the limit on my account so that it will not happen again.

If we were having coffee I would tell you the following – PS – NEVER EVER EVER EVER take away my communications mechanisms. #justsaying.

If we were having coffee I would tell you that the other upside of leaving the house and going out to mingle with the rest of the world today, is that I actually have some fresh fruit and vegetables in the fridge. The juicy sweet mango I had this afternoon was delicious.

Incredulity on the Agra-Jaipur Road

Our area will experience loadshedding from 20h00 to 23h00. It cuts right into the middle of our Saturday night, but we have planned around it. Che is going to power the router with a battery so that we can still stream a movie. It may not happen at all, it depends if it’s needed.

I am writing this on the patio. The sun has set and the bats are out. It’s very very still, the pool glassy still. The only marauders are the neighbourhood cats who love using our garden as a thoroughfare. We don’t mind, they are very amusing and watching their antics gives us much laughter.

When I was going through my photos of my trip to India I came across the perfect photo for last week’s wordpress photo theme of Scale. It’s not a well taken photo, snapped with my iPhone from within a moving vehicle on the road from Agra to Jaipur. It left me incredulous and I was grateful that our driver overtook on the right.

India Agra Jaipur
Overloaded on the road from Agra to Jaipur

WordPress Weekly Photo: Symmetry – The Taj Mahal

My love affair with the Taj  Mahal is legendary – I have written about it, at length, on this blog. I have done no less than five (yes 5) posts where it is the main attraction, or at least, mentioned with glowing language.

I think that The Taj Mahal is the most beautiful structure in the world. The great love story that led to its construction lingers in my imagination.

Taj Mahal Agra India
The dazzling Taj Mahal

The structure epitomises perfect symmetry; symmetry played an important role in its design:

Symmetry and geometric planning played an important role in ordering the complex and reflected a trend towards formal systematisation that was apparent in all of the arts emanating from Jahan's imperial patronage. Bilateral symmetry expressed simultaneous ideas of pairing, counterparts and integration, reflecting intellectual and spiritual notions of universal harmony. A complex set of implied grids based on the Mughul Gaz unit of measurement provided a flexible means of bringing proportional order to all the elements of the Taj Mahal. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origins_and_architecture_of_the_Taj_Mahal#Symmetry_and_hierarchy 

You can see the bilateral symmetry illustrated in the plan of the complex below.

Taj Mahal schematicIMG_0636

In response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo theme of Symmetry - click on the link for other blogger’s interpretations of this theme.

Here are some of those bloggers:

  1. https://agent909.wordpress.com/2015/02/14/symmetry-from-africa-to-bali/
  2. http://ohmsweetohm.me/2015/02/13/wpc-symmetry/
  3. http://fakeormistake.net/2015/02/13/fake-symmetry/
  4. https://suyashchopra.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/twin-peaks-in-san-francisco/
  5. https://anvicaphotos.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  6. http://quarksire.com/2015/02/13/wordpress-weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  7. http://isadoraartandphotography.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-the-sweethearts/
  8. https://chrisbreebaart.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry-staircase/
  9. https://nadiamerrillphotography.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  10. http://ambitiousdrifter.com/2015/02/14/natural-mathematics/
  11. http://100daysofsunshine.org/2015/02/14/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/
  12. https://sonyavdg.wordpress.com/2015/02/13/weekly-photo-challenge-symmetry/

WordPress Weekly Photo: Scale – Giant Lord Shiva

This statue of Lord Shiva stands proudly at the entrance to the sacred Hindu site, Grand Bassin, on the beautiful Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.

This statue is the second tallest statue of Lord Shiva in the world.

It stands at 108-feet-tall (33 metres), with his trident at the entrance of Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin), and is a faithful copy of the Shiva statue of Sursagar lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India.

Second highest statue of Lord Shiva on Mauritius island
The statue of Lord Shiva at Grand Bassin in Mauritius. That is me, in the middle of the photo, where you can see the sheer scale of the statue. It is the second highest statue of Lord Shiva in the world.

Shiva is the god of the yogis and his characteristics are:

  • the trident that represents the three gunas
  • the snakes that show he is beyond the power of death and poison and also stand for the Kundalini energy
  • the sound of Shiva’s two-sided drum maintains the rhythm of the heartbeat and creates the sound of AUM in the overtones
  • the vehicle of Shiva is the white bull, Nandi (the joyful)
  • Shiva is often seated on a tiger skin or wears one, representing the mind
  • Shiva lives on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas

In response to WordPress’s Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of Scale. Click here to see other bloggers’ interpretations of this theme.

Morton’s Fork? I Prefer The Third Option!

WordPress daily writing prompt: Morton’s Fork – If you had to choose between being able to write a blog (but not read others’) and being able to read others’ blogs (but not write your own), which would you pick? Why?

Morton’s Fork? What is that? I’ve never heard of it.

mortons fork IMG_2098After some googling I found what Morton’s Fork means. It’s a logical dilemma where a person is faced with one of two choices, both of which are bad choices. Makes one wish for a third option. Check the photo on the left – is this a Morton’s Fork? Go left and you go into the desert. Go right and you go into the desert too. So it’s not really a choice. Back to the question asked by today’s prompt…I prefer the third option (sorry Morton) – I want to write my own blog AND I also want to read others’ blogs.

Two is a dilemma.

Three is a choice.

Two leads to non-action.

Three leads to action.

Two expresses limitations.

Three expresses possibilities.

I prefer that.

Welcome to my personal blog. I write about a lot of different things so if you like eclectic then you'll like being here. Sometimes I'm #justsaying.

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