WordPress Weekly Photo: Magic

If you look carefully you can just see the fairy glitter under the mushroom. The fairies get a bit spooked when I try to take a photo of them so they usually fly away. Very shy they are.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in this week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge with the theme of Magic.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 45

Johannesburg experienced extreme thunderstorms this week. A flash flood ripped through the east of the city, flooding one of the major freeways during peak hour traffic.

Cars washed away, people drowned and ordinary South Africans came together to help each other out of dangerous situations. There was untold damage to buildings and factories along its path.

In another part of the city the ground washed away bringing down the boundary wall of the Johannesburg Zoo. All the animals were safe though. And none escape so the inhabitants of the area were safe too 🙂

I took these photos from the 12th floor of the Radisson Blu hotel in Sandton where I was at the time on a training course. Taken from behind windows and through the glass of the lift-shaft.

It was a beautiful day…

Through the glass... ©2016 Regina Martins
Through the glass…
©2016 Regina Martins

Then the storm approached…

Impending storm ©2016 Regina Martins
Impending storm
©2016 Regina Martins

I saw that the storm was an ugly one, but didn’t know then how severe its impact was. With the difference in light you can see the reflection of the light fitting in the room.

Joburg storm ©2016 Regina Martins
Joburg storm
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in Cee’s OddBall Photo challenge this week.


Weekend Coffee Share 2016-11-13: The Unexpected Edition

Please come in. It’s not raining right now, perhaps it will come down later. Right now it’s sunny and hot, so let’s catch up over some coffee or other cold drink. It’s got to be a short one because I have a few things to complete still today.

If we were having coffee…

…we’d talk about how unexpected Donald Trump’s win in the US elections was, just like Brexit. Unexpected and unwelcome.

…we’d talk about the extreme thunderstorms we’ve been experiencing and the flash-floods on the East Rand. Again, something unexpected.

…we’d talk about Telkom’s inability to fix our ADSL line after so many weeks. Some people will say that is expected, being Telkom and all. The length of time that it’s taking is wholly unexpected. I’m at a loss for words.

Last night we had dinner at my folks and what a lovely evening it was reconnecting with some old friends of my parents who are retiring to St. Francis Bay soon.

That’s it for now.

Until next week, I hope you have a great one!


Part of Part Time Monster’s weekend coffee share.

Click here to see Diana’s post.

Click here to see more coffee shares.


Stormy Chaos, Chaotic Storm

I took this photo today from the 12th floor looking out towards the east. The storm moved in from the north and moved south until it spent its chaotic energy to reveal blue skies once again.

Highveld thunderstorm  ©2016 Regina Martins
Highveld thunderstorm
©2016 Regina Martins

Second entry in this week’s WordPress weekly photo challenge – Chaos.


Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2016 Week 44

Honoured to have been selected as a Featured Blogger by Cee with this post!

I took this photo while on the hop on hop off bus in Munich. I liked the vapour trail of the plane above so decided to capture it. I then saw that part of my beanie’d head was also visible. I almost made it my profile pic on Facebook 🙂

And a few more photos that are just…well…oddball.

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Can you see the doll’s feet peeking over the edge of the plastic sandpit?

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Entered in Cee’s Oddball Photo Challenge this week.


Weekend Coffee Share 2016-11-06 – AWOL & Other Things

Come on in and grab a cup of coffee or tea or whatever other drink you want on this spring Sunday morning. And be happy as the photo below says – ” You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy coffee, and that’s kind of the same thing.” My coffee will not cost you anything, other than listening to me telling you about my week.

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It has been a while since I last invited you in for a coffee. I was scrolling through the WordPress reader this morning and joined many of you for coffee, and realised that I had not invited you in for a coffee of my own in a long time. Well, welcome once again. I hope you are comfortable. Let’s chat…

How was your week? Mine was awesome (except for the problem with Telkom)! I spent Monday juggling traffic to Centurion, a 80km one-way trip from where I live. Without traffic it goes fairly fast. With traffic, that’s another thing. I hate 9h00 meetings in Centurion for that reason. I arrived late after overriding Waze a few times. In hindsight, had I not done that, I might have arrived on time or just a few minutes late rather than 45 minutes.

Tuesday was better because my client was closer to home and I arrived well in time for the 8h30 workshop I was facilitating. Wednesday was work-from-home day when I did preparation for the Kanban course I co-trained on Thursday and Friday.

The bunch of people we got on our course was energetic and fun. This being a public course, many people are strangers to each other, so it takes a while to build trust in the group so that they feel comfortable to be fully present and participative.

Well, there must have been something in the air on those days because this group clicked instantly. The rapport was incredible and they bounced off each other. This is a trainer’s dream because the learning is amplified when people are comfortable and visibly having fun. I must admit that I have not seen this level of rapport in a public class before. Wow!

I stayed for a couple of days at the hotel where the training was at. The alternative was juggling traffic. This made it so much easier and I got an extra 2 hours of sleep each day.

Che sent me a message of Friday saying that he’s glad I’m coming home because he’s forgotten what I look like lol! Well, I’m going off again this evening until Wednesday. This time it is me that is attending a training course in Sandton and I am staying at an Airbnb close by.

Che and I had a lovely day yesterday going to the Foodlovers Market and getting yummy supplies. They are my new favourite food-buying-place.

One annoying thing that has been happening, or not happening…we haven’t had broadband ADSL since the begining of October. It is turning out to be expensive as we keep on buying mobile data just to keep online. Because I work from home, this is a bigger issue for me than if I did not. We have logged and escalated numerous times and the service we get is astoundingly non-existent.

The level of incompetence at Telkom is unbelievable. That’s what happens when there is  a monopoly. A single provider controlling the fixed line network for the whole country. Taking things to Twitter makes no difference to these people – they don’t care – they own the infrastructure after all. South Africans are a captive market.

Each time a technician calls to check if our line is ok we tell them that it’s the ADSL that is faulty not the line. It’s like they are hearing this for the first time. This has happened 3 times with 3 different technicians. Che and I even started to second-guess ourselves and thought that maybe it was our modem that was faulty. We bought a new modem but the problem persists. It was an expensive way of ruling out that possibility but at least we are sure that the problem is on their side.

I’m investigating fibre to the home. Because we live in an outlying area the fibre service providers have not extended it to here. I can apply and it can take up to 6 months. I have no idea of the cost, nor if they will do it. They need to do a feasibility assessment first. Just for one customer. However, if they bring fibre to our area I’m sure that more people will join.

Enough of me, now how about you?

Until next week. In the meantime have a look at more coffee shares at Diana’s spot, Part Time Monster.



Chief wide eyed in wanderer, wonderer and bottlewasher…sometimes…


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