Category Archives: South Africa

WordPress Weekly Photo: Security

For this week’s WordPress challenge I searched through my archives and found this pic. I battled a bit finding a photo that means security for me. All I could think about was burglar bars and electric fences. Now if you’re South African, you’ll resonate I’m sure. And that’s not a happy photo at all.

So I chose this one – of the brass bell and I think lighthouse (although it does seem a bit small) at the mouth of Kalk Bay harbour. I don’t think it is to warn ship out at sea, but rather to guide the fishing boats into the harbour, the bell on the one side of the harbour wall, and the light on the other, keeping them safe and secure.

Kalk Bay harbour
©2017 Regina Martins

 

WordPress Weekly Photo: Atop

I never tire of looking down at my beautiful country, South Africa, when I fly. This is especially true when I do the Johannesburg to Cape Town route. I know all the small towns, lakes, dams and rivers.

©2017 Regina Martins

Many areas are experiencing drought conditions, so the changing scenery is dramatic. Taking off from Johannesburg’s airport, the OR Tambo International, the fields are green, the scenery lush. This area is a summer rainfall area and we’ve received an abundance of water. Our dams are full.

Flying over the central interior of the country, the lushness continues with the patchwork of the crop fields reminding me to be thankful for the rain because the farmers in the region are benefiting.

As we fly over the Karoo and Northern Cape it is naturally dry and brown – this is to be expected. Further on, where the vineyards and fertile fruit growing valleys of the Western Cape are supposed to be green and lush, they are instead dry and brown. The dams and lakes have receded to concerning levels because this area is experiencing a severe drought. This is a winter rainfall area but last winter not enough rain fell, so the picturesque shire-like valleys look barren and dry.

I took the photo above whilst flying from the Northern to the Western Cape regions. You can see the brown barrenness. I wish I had taken a photo of the lush Gauteng and Free State regions for you to see the difference.

This region is entering its rainfall season, and I hope that they get an abundant amount of water too.

Atop.

 

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.

 

A Sunrise Photo This Time!

Gosh, this week was busy and I optimised for time with Che at home in the evenings and did no blogging!

I went to Durban to do some coaching and stayed overnight at Fairlight Beach House in Umdloti north of Umhlanga. Che and I have stayed there before and it’s gorgeous and has prime location on the beach front. It is also built on an elevation so the views are astounding.

I’m not usually a sunrise person, preferring to sleep in until the last responsible moment and as a result this blog has tons of sunset photos. Before this sunsrise photo there are only 2 others.

Umdloti sunrise  ©2016 Regina Martins
Umdloti sunrise
©2016 Regina Martins

The morning before going to work was rather relaxing. I had breakfast in the sunny front room and while there a naughty monkey came rushing in and grabbed a packet of butter from one of the other tables. The little thief looked around furtively before rushing out with his bounty. Imagine if he’d managed to grab some sugar…imagine the sugar high.

The day manager told me that the day before a monkey had pulled the same stunt, this time grabbing a muffin from beneath the cloth covering the plate. Monkey, muffin and cloth went flying up into the tree. The muffins must indeed be worth it.

The Durban weather was gorgeous and it was wonderful to get away from cold Joburg even for a day.

There’s lots to do this weekend – I’m going to be getting ready for spending 10 days delivering training in Cape Town next week, and I’ll also be here later on today and on the weekend, so I hope to see you back.

Regina