WordPress Weekly Photo: Cherry On Top

After a day driving down interesting country lanes and exploring a few wine farms I came across this fairytale-like scene that I just had to capture. It was the cherry on the top of a lovely Saturday spent in Stellenbosch a couple of weeks ago.

Somewhere on the Ernie Else wine farm, Stellenbosch ©2016 Regina Martins
Somewhere on the Ernie Els wine farm, Stellenbosch
©2016 Regina Martins

WordPress weekly photo challenge – Cherry on the top theme.



Families that eat together stay together. Feasts and celebrations go hand in hand. Families coming together is enough of a celebration.

I have visions of long wooden trestle tables groaning with food, of a large family sitting around it and in true Mediterranean fashion are eating, drinking and talking. All at the same time.

Things become loud and by the main course things are at their loudest. Dessert, many hours later, and voices are less. Tummies are full and people become sluggish. The siesta calls, under a tree preferably in a hammock. Kids have long ago fallen asleep, safely deposited in the couches indoors.

Grown ups that can still keep their eyes open talk over espresso coffee, this time their voices a bit softer. There’s no need to compete for airtime.

The quiet zzzzzzs and the loud snores evidence of a feast enjoyed.

If I could, I’d have a feast every Sunday.


26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “R”

This week we have the colour red, the red rooftops of Lisbon, rocks, roses, rust-buckets, railings and railway stations.

Scroll through the gallery to see them all.

Entered in Lori’s 26 Weeks Letters Challenge.


Pearls Of Wisdom On Instagram

My preferred medium for sharing my photos with inspirational quotes is Instagram. Some quotes are my own and some aren’t, correctly attributed.

At times I post these here on Wide Eyed in Wonder and other times I don’t. In the spirit of this week’s Discover Challenge, here is a collection of inspirational quotes I’ve posted on Instagram. All photos are my originals, taken with my trusty iPhone.

For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), It’s always our self we find in the sea. e.e. Cummings

A photo posted by Regina Martins (@reginatmartins) on

“Wishing to be friends is quick work, but friendship is a slow ripening fruit.” (Aristotle)

A photo posted by Regina Martins (@reginatmartins) on

It’s been a long time since I’ve walked on the beach.

A photo posted by Regina Martins (@reginatmartins) on

Remember to look up and out towards the horizon as often as possible #keepyoursenseofperspective

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WordPress Weekly Photo: Seashells

“Every time we walk along a beach some ancient urge disturbs us so that we find ourselves shedding shoes and garments or scavenging among seaweed and whitened timbers like the homesick refugees of a long war.” – Loren Eiseley

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

This is the second entry – you can find the first entry here – Worn by the sea.


WordPress Weekly Photo: Worn By The Sea

A walkabout on the beach today with the focus on this week’s theme – a seashell and a clump of coral worn by the sea.

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

All photos taken with standard camera app on iPhone 6 Plus and edited with iPhoto.


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


Project H: A Tale Of Two Countries

If you’ve been a long time reader of my blog you will know that the themes of Home, Identity and Family are important to me and often come up in my writing.

When the amazingly talented Jason from HarsH ReaLiTy introduced Project H I jumped at the chance to participate.

“Our “home” or where we live often becomes mundane and average to us. What we quickly forget is that the everyday sights of one person are visual orgies for another. Sharing some photos and thoughts on your town, city, or around your home is the best introduction any blogger can give. Many writers dismiss this information as trivial in nature, but there is nothing trivial about allowing your readers a glimpse into your everyday life.” (Project H – HarsH ReaLiTy)

My guest post was published a couple of days ago, where I share what Home means to me. I’d love for you to read it!

You can find it here – Project H: A Tale Of Two Countries.

Thanking you in anticipation!


Today’s Photo: Dappled Shade

Hello everyone!

I’m posting a photo today because I feel really tired after this marathon week and a half of facilitating 3 training courses.

Tomorrow is the final day of the third course and I fly back to Joburg at 20h00. Online check in is done and I still need to pack.

I snapped this photo on Saturday whilst exploring a side lane just off the main road, curious to see where it led. I loved the dappling of the shade on the sand road and the canopy that the trees formed overhead.

The road less travelled ©2016 Regina Martins
The road less travelled
©2016 Regina Martins

Personally speaking…


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