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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…

Wednesday Windows #3: The Three Castles Building

During the recent fire evacuation from the office building I am currently located in, we were led to a safe area a couple of blocks away, where I was startled to find a burnt out Three Castles Building.

I must admit that I had never been past, even during its heyday. The slow degradation of buildings in the Joburg CBD is controversial and subject to much discussion on blogs and forums.

The edges of the Johannesburg CBD have been fraying for a while now. The rejuvenation of the city is happening in clusters and is not generalised – for example, the area around the Standard Bank and ABSA Precincts look great. The Newtown Precint is beautiful and is subject to many photo walks by amateur and professional photographers alike.

These are some of the few areas that have been rejuvenated, spearheaded and financed by the big organisations (mainly mining and financial services) that have retained their headquarters in the CBD rather than relocating them to Sandton, like many others have done.

This commitment to the inner city is commendable and quite frankly, awesome! The ask now, is for them to help rejuvenate historical buildings situated around their precincts.

I googled the Three Castles Building (I did not know what it was and entered “burnt out castle building on Marshall Street”) and found a bit of its history.

It is an historical landmark, built in 1894 for the Acme Cigarette Co which manufactured Three Castles cigarettes. The building was opened by President Paul Kruger in 1899. You can read more about it via the forum discussion thread here.

The history of South Africa is a painful one and perhaps it is because of this that historical buildings are not cared for. It is such a shame, because to simply erase history “1984-like” is to deny the current and future generations of this beautiful land the learning that comes from knowing about the good and the bad of the past. If we simply erase the past, the present and the future generations will not learn from it, to make sure South Africa never again descends into the abyss.

Knowing and acknowledging are two different processes and to know about the past means that the good and the bad of it needs to be acknowledged by all. This has been happening, and again, it is a painful process which has been controversial at best.

On this day, the 20th anniversary of South Africa winning the rugby world cup, Nelson Mandela walked out onto that field of play to award the trophy to the Springboks wearing the Springbok rugby jersey in a show of reconciliation so powerful that it galvanised a nation divided by colour. That was twenty years ago. It is my opinion that it is our responsibility, every single South African, to make the next twenty years, and the next twenty after that, and the next, and the next…a place we can all be safe, prosper and call home.

One of my favourite of Nelson Mandela’s quotes is:

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Education starts at home, South Africa. That is a huge task in itself. Perhaps a small starting point could be to preserve our historical buildings.

Three Castles Building 1 reginamartins.com
Three Castles Building, Marshall Street, Johannesburg
Three Castles Building 2 reginamartins.com
Three Castles Building, Marshall Street, Johannesburg
Three Castles Building 3 reginamartins.com
Three Castles Building, Marshall Street, Johannesburg

Welcome to Wednesday Windows. I will be posting a photo (or photos) of windows (the ones you look out of, not the ones that are prefixed by the word “Microsoft”). I seem to take a lot of them wherever I go, so it must count as a fascination or maybe just plain obsession.

You are welcome to join in the feature – there is no theme other than “windows”. If you do join leave the link to your post in the comments below. As you can see this is by no means a professionally run weekly feature or challenge. I’m doing it to indulge my fascination, so if you have one too, please do join.