Each Small Footstep A Small Victory

“You look just like your <insert family member here>,” a well-meaning family member says, smiling. I force a smile of my own and take a deep breath to prevent the groan forming in my body from escaping. The sarcastic reply dies on my lips as the deeply instilled sense of respect for those older than me takes over. I keep my mouth shut and smile.

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26 Weeks Letter Challenge: “A”

This is the week of the letter “A”. Each photo could fit into other letters depending on how you see them. These are my entries.

We have these beautiful amaryllis flowers in pots on our patio. My Mom-In-Law gave us the bulbs. They flower every year without fail, albeit for a short period of time at the beginning of Spring. When they flower I’m always reminded of the wonderful person that was Che’s Mom.

Amaryllis ©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Che makes this French styled apple pie. He takes so much care with it and it comes through in the taste. He will make the pie crust from scratch and the apple filling is flavoured with exotic hints of cloves, cinnamon and a hint of nutmeg.

French style apple pie ©2016 Regina Martins
French style apple pie
©2016 Regina Martins

The shape is not traditional but the artwork is – traditional African designs and colours.

African vase with traditional frieze and colours ©2016 Regina Martins
African vase with traditional frieze and colours
©2016 Regina Martins

This one of the oldest “castles” in Johannesburg. The word castles is in inverted commas because our culture is not old enough to have castles. It is also not part of the South African culture. This is the Three Castles Building on the eastern side of the city. I wrote a post about this last year. One part of the building is still in use, but this part, gutted by fire, has been abandoned.

Abandoned building ©2016 Regina Martins
Abandoned building
©2016 Regina Martins

Wire artwork in the foyer of a building. It’s tall.

Artwork - wire sculpture ©2016 Regina Martins
Artwork – wire sculpture
©2016 Regina Martins

Arrivals hall at OR Tambo international airport in Kempton Park, which serves Johannesburg and surrounds. It’s the main airport in South Africa. I’ve arrived at this hall many times, and waited for friends and family here too. The photo was taken at Christmas time hence the tall tree in the top centre of the photo. It’s a comfortable arrivals hall – there’s a coffee shop – that all I need to wait it out.

International airport arrivals hall ©2016 Regina Martins
International airport arrivals hall
©2016 Regina Martins

Interesting architectural feature of one of the new office buildings in Sandton.

Architectural feature ©2016 Regina Martins
Architectural feature
©2016 Regina Martins

Entered in 26 Weeks Letter photo challenge hosted by Let There Be Peace On Earth. This is how it works:

This challenge is to show-off the many pictures we take which we forget we even have and it will give us an opportunity to stir-up our creative juices and get us thinking… 

The rules are simple:
- Create your own interpretation and title it: 26 Weeks Letter Challenge: 
- Tag your post to the weekly challenge so others can see it and play along.
- Get your post in before the following weeks challenge.
- Use as many pictures as you like representing the weekly letter.
- Use archived or new pictures. Let us see what you have…
- Have fun with it…

Help – Red Flag And Nerves Of Steel

Like clockwork traffic on the 4-lane road comes to a complete halt by 2 modern shepherds wielding red flags. It happens in the morning and again in the afternoon.

The sight of a herd running on the grassland on the side of the road is quite frightening when you see it for the first time. When they come to the stretch they use to cross they bunch up as they come to a stop.

Beware cattle crossing  ©2016 Regina Martins
Beware cattle crossing
©2016 Regina Martins

The shepherds then stop the traffic and the herd runs across. They are so used to doing this that there is no hesitation – they cross quickly, the whole procedure takes less than 3 minutes.

And they are on the other side... ©2016 Regina Martins
And they are on the other side…
©2016 Regina Martins

The 2 shepherds are the real heroes – to stop traffic on a road that is perfect for doing 140 kms per hour – they have nerves of steel. It’s only them on foot and their red flags as they help the herd across the road.

It’s rather fun living out where I do.



I generally have good memories of school. Primary school was very confusing for me. I went into grade 1 at the age of 5. I was a tiny little thing and I don’t think I was emotionally ready for big school.

My teacher, who was a friend of my family took me under her wing and looked out for me. She was a wonderful maternal figure who looked out for the kids in her class. I didn’t make many friends in that first year and remember crying a lot.

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