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On the Hunt for Joy Challenge: Start a Garden

After being away from blogging for the longest time, I’m having a joyful afternoon catching up on all my favourite bloggers and their challenges. I’m delighted to find that Cee has a new challenge. Well, new to me ūüôā – it’s the On the Hunt for Joy Challenge.

Cee posted Ingrid Fetell Lee’s TED Talk Where Joy Hides and How to Find it. In this talk she talked about the physical aesthetic connection to feelings of joy. Joy is only known when it is felt and experienced. She goes on to say that instead of searching for happiness which could be elusive to rather look for things that we feel joy in.

This week’s theme is Start a Garden (Indoor or Outdoor) – if you click on this link it will take you to Cee’s blog and more bloggers that are finding joy. I know that I find joy when I blog and enter photo challenges. I find joy in expressing myself, by providing my interpretation of a theme. It’s a subjective endeavour, and creative in nature.

This is my interpretation of this week’s theme – Start a Garden.

Three of my favourite vegetables. I dream of having an abundant vegetable garden and if these are all that grow I’ll be very happy indeed.

Odd Ball Hotel

I stayed at the Beach Lodge for a lovely weekend in Swakopmund, in Namibia. It’s a wonderful oddball looking building which caught me by surprise the first time I saw it. It looks like a cross between a full-size hobbit house and a ship. It’s meant to shaped like the prow of a ship rising from the sands of the desert but I can’t help seeing similarities to Bilbo Baggins and friends’ houses in The Shire.

Beach Lodge Swakopmund Namibia
©2018 Regina Martins

Cee’s oddball photo challenge.

 

Seven Days of Black & White Photos

The seven-day black & white photo challenge is doing the rounds on Facebook, and I took up the challenge. If you haven’t come across it yet, it is about posting a photo of your life each day for seven days. No photos of people. No commentary. Challenge someone new each day.

Day 1, a spring leaf…

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 2, spinach growing in our garden. I planted it last summer and it survived the winter. Tender bright green leaves are growing again.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 3, I submitted my social entrepreneurship assignment, on time!

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 4 I was in Cape Town. Don’t you just love how neatly the luggage trolleys stack into each other?

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 5, book order arrived. I ordered it months ago and had given up on it when it arrived! Relieved and glad.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 6, shopping at the mall. It’s located on a high and is a beautiful vantage point over the valley.

©2017 Regina Martins

Day 7, today, and the first cup of coffee I posted. Americano with cold milk. It’s so easy for me to post a cup of coffee! I held out until day 7.

©2017 Regina Martins

Did you also enter the FB challenge? Post a link to your blog post telling us all about it in the comments below.

 

Travel Theme: Transport

This is my first time entering¬†Ailsa travel theme photo challenge. I’ve seen many entries on Cee’s and other’s bloggers spaces over the months. I’m adding mine to this challenge that so many people are having fun with.

This week’s travel theme is Transport. I don’t go out of my way to take photos of means of transport, but I have loads of these photos in¬†my archives. Here are some of them, taken on my travels in the last 12 months or so.

The photo of the scooter next to the Berlin wall below was perfectly set up, ready for me to snap away. I had nothing to do with it other than chance upon the scene.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Trams are ubiquitous forms of transport in Lisbon. Tourists love them. They scrape and clink up and down the narrow cobblestoned streets, the ground trembling as they go past.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

A cross between a tram and an elevator, this is the best way to navigate the steeps streets from the riverside.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

From the streets of Lisbon to the mountains north of Johannesburg, this gaily coloured rustbucket sits abandoned in the shade of a large tree.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

And what better way to arrive in Barcelona that on a yatch, sailing the deep blue waters of the Mediterranean?

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

An abandoned bike, dreams of better adventures on a Sunday afternoon…

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

And more boats, fishing boats, gaily coloured all, named after the wives, mothers or daughters of the fishermen who captain them.

©2016 Regina Martins
©2016 Regina Martins

Hope you’ve enjoyed. Do you have any photos to share? Go on over the Ailsa’s to check out other entries and see how to participate in this challenge.