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I Don’t Know What To Do With All This Wide Open Space

I spent the whole day, the whole whole day wandering around wondering if there should be something I should be doing!

I sat down and read 3 pages of my book. I wandered into the kitchen countless times looking for something to eat or drink. I took some photos, shown here. It’s all because I can’t #justrelaxalready!

It’s as though all this wide open space is toying with my mind.

Trying to relax ©2016 Regina Martins
Trying to relax
©2016 Regina Martins

We woke up to a gorgeous sight of a misty morning…

Misty morning ©2016 Regina Martins
Misty morning
©2016 Regina Martins

…and loved seeing the mist recede into the valley below as we had breakfast on the deck.

The mist of the morning receding down into the valley ©2016 Regina Martins
The mist of the morning receding down into the valley
©2016 Regina Martins

After breakfast I took some photos…

Desert rose ©2016 Regina Martins
Desert rose
©2016 Regina Martins

…and more photos as I tried to settle in to some relaxation. I love this pic of the sun.

Interesting sun photo ©2016 Regina Martins
Interesting sun photo
©2016 Regina Martins

I hope I’ll become more acclimatised to doing nothing this long weekend.

Until tomorrow…


WordPress Weekly Photo: Church on the Valley Floor

I spotted a beautiful church on a valley floor in the Magaliesberg last winter. I used my 50 – 200mm lens zoomed to its maximum which blurred the leaves of the branches I photographed through.

Mount Grace, Magaliesberg, South AfricaThis is my third entry.

The first one – To the Lighthouse – blurry coloured lights of the Swakopmund lighthouse.

The second entry – Blurry Bush Safari – some of the blurry photos taken on a game drive in Limpopo province, Thandeka Game Lodge.

Other bloggers’ blurry photos are here.



Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 #15: Labyrinth

Sign for Reception and Deliveries at the Transcendental Meditation Centre in Champagne Castle in the Drakensberg.

Where’s reception?

Sign pointing the way to the 12 ring labyrinth in the Magaliesberg Mountains.

This way to the labyrinth

The labyrinth – it does not look like much due to the angle of the photo but I spent a good 2 hours walking to the centre and back out again.

And here’s the labyrinth

In response to Cee’s Which Way Challenge 2014 #15. Click here for more entries in this week’s challenge.


Breaking the drought

It’s been a while since my last post – Tuesday June 10th in fact! Lots has happened and I have not had the energy to blog, sadly.

Last week…

…I had a work dinner on Wednesday and had half-a-glass of red wine with my delicious ravioli. It was a good wine, a Rupert and Rothschild. Note to self: NEVER, but NEVER EVER drink red wine again, even if it’s expensive! It’s simply poison for my system. The next morning my sinuses had swollen up, my face was puffy and I had nausea, sinus, neck and shoulder pain. Almost like I had a hangover but with half-a-glass of wine! Have you ever…!!??

Last weekend…

… was a long one in South Africa and we went away to Mount Grace in the Magaliesberg. It was wonderful, just being pampered and doing nothing all day but lie in the sun topping up on Vitamin D reserves. Che and I had a pamper session at the spa on Saturday morning and I spent the rest of the time catching up on items on my WordPress Reader – so I know what’s been happening with everyone else. I can recommend the a la carte restaurant Rambling Vine where we enjoyed 2 excellent 3-course dinners – without wine for me!

A new lens…

Prior to the weekend I bought a new lens for my camera  – I’ve always wanted a 50mm-300mm lens so on Friday morning before we left I snuck out to the electronics shop and bought a Sigma lens.

I’m really still learning about photography. For years I was a point and click photographer – too intimidated by the complicated features of an SLR camera. Eventually even I got frustrated with the slow response of the point and clicks. The picture I saw and wanted I simply wasn’t getting. So I bit the bullet and got a DSLR.

I’m not much of a manual reader and definitely don’t have the patience for photographic courses so I’m going it alone. Che is a very proficient photographer (he did photography in school and even developed his own pics back in the day) so I have a source of ready info at my finger tips.

So the weekend at Mount Grace also turned out to be a photographic lesson from Che Hubby. I enjoyed it and I’m sure that I got a whole lot better. I played around with Bokeh after reading a post on Cee Neuner’s site. I had loads of fun on macro setting. Here is a pic I experimented with.

WIldflower of the Magaliesberg - succulent from the Aloe family I think...
WIldflower of the Magaliesberg – succulent from the Aloe family I think…

Hunting for heat…

We travelled back to Jhb on Monday afternoon. It was cold and we hadn’t yet replenished the gas bottle for the heater. At 8pm when normal people were having dinner and watching TV I was driving like a lunatic around the neighbourhood looking for gas. I went to 4 service stations before I found one which still had stocks.

Sinuses again…

Well, the sinuses never really cleared up. They were really bothering me, I had symptoms of fever, hot and cold all the time, it was so bothersome. On Thursday morning I woke up feeling nauseous and sweating like mad – I actually woke up in the middle of the night drenched in sweat and had to peel off the soaking PJs to put dry ones on. In the morning I had pain in the head neck and shoulders as well. I know when left untreated sinus problems can become secondary infections, so I decided to stay home and go to the doctor. I don’t like antibiotics, I much prefer the natural way of treating things, but sometimes I know it is necessary and this was one of those times.

Today I am still off, panicking because of unfinished work at work. And tomorrow I’m not going to Wintercon, Toastmasters club officer training. Last week I was elected President of Talk with Purpose toastmasters club but I’ve been President of 2 other clubs before so I should be ok.

Cheerio for now friends!