WordPress Weekly Photo: Relax

There’s nothing more relaxing for me than to be at the seaside and gaze upon the vast expanse of the ocean. Last weekend was one such time where I was able to do that. This is the view from our Airbnb place.

Gazing out at the vast expanse of the ocean ©2016 Regina Martins
Gazing out at the vast expanse of the ocean
©2016 Regina Martins
Cape Penninsula views... ©2016 Regina Martins
Cape Penninsula views…
©2016 Regina Martins
Looking out towards Muizenberg ©2016 Regina Martins
Looking out towards Muizenberg
©2016 Regina Martins
The view from the top ©2016 Regina Martins
The view from the top
©2016 Regina Martins

WordPress weekly photo challenge – Relax.


It’s WordPress Snowflake Time!

It’s WordPress snowflakes overlay time again. I love the falling snow that is activated on many sites on December 1st!

Last year someone asked me why I have snowflakes falling across my site since I live in the southern hemisphere. And it is summer in the southern hemisphere, hot as hades and glorious swim weather in December.

Christmas for me is associated not only with summer weather but also with snow. Many of the children’s books that I grew up with were all about Jingle Bells, snowmen, sleds and reindeer. We put up a Christmas tree that is a replica of a fir or pine tree and we decorate it with red nosed snowmen and fake snow.

Bing Crosby’s White Christmas and Jingle Bells is heard throughout all shopping malls.

So we are a diverse bunch here in the southern hemisphere.  The traditions of Christmas around the world seem to converge down here in the south of the world.

And having snow fall across my site in December is a fun reminder (as I look out at my  glorious green garden) that Christmas is what you make of it.

An African Christmas tree  ©2016 Regina Martins
An African Christmas tree
©2016 Regina Martins

Some people put up a traditional replica of a baobab tree, typical to our African continent. I think that it’s appropriate. A mish mash of traditions, our own and borrowed.

The intent of the season is the same. For me it means  family, celebrating a good year and getting ready for the new year.

What does Christmas mean to you?


The Synchronicity Construct

Defined by Carl Jung as “a meaningful coincidence of two or more events, where something other than the probability of chance is involved” synchronicity as a construct is beautiful in its capacity to delight.

It is an ideal, a theory not based on any empirical evidence that I am aware of.

There is a creative flow that attaches when synchronicity occurs. Some may argue that it attaches because one is in a creative flow state.

I cannot say that I fully understand what it is or why or how or when it happens. Each person has personal stories of synchronicity. I, for one, have a few.

Tapping into and unleashing the creative intelligence inherent in all of us is an ideal, a dream for me, which I sometimes reach.

I know that synchronicity, as I have experienced it, is a lack of stress, control and resistance. It is freedom that comes from the depths of the, as yet, untapped part of the intelligence of us and the unstoppable creative force of the universe.

WordPress one-word prompt – Construct.

Carl Jung’s reference from the book, “Synchronicity: An Acausal Connecting Principle”