I didn't get to take my photo until late today. It's been a tough day and I was unmotivated. I went outside just before dusk and the sky was looking rather heavy. I was sure it was going to fall on our heads so I decided to take a photo before it fell on our heads in the form of rain.... So here it is. The photo doesn't do the dark clouds justice.
Today was cold and rainy so there was no sitting in the garden. However I did find a gardening magazine and sat down to enjoy reading it with my coffee and crumpets. Ah! A great way to spend a chilly afternoon.
This is a photo of two poppies that opened in the garden this morning. These poppy-like flowers come up in our garden every year. They look like poppies but I'm not sure that's what they're called. I almost pulled the plant out because it looks a bit like a nettle. These two opened right next to each other. I couldn't resist the photo. They look like a pair of eyes.
This is a typewriter I have "inherited" from an elderly friend who died recently. He was 92 and almost blind but he managed to keep touch typing letters for snail mail on this trusty machine. I'm going to put it in my computer lab as a museum piece. I'm sure the kids are going to love it.
This afternoon my friend and I went to the beachfront for a walk. The sea was an amazing turquoise colour and the sky was a complementary blue. Unfortunately the chilly wind was blowing but that didn't deter two swimmers who appear as white specks in the middle of this picture. They took a swim out to some rocks. Brrr.
These beautiful blooms are just opening on the creeper that covers our boundary wall. They are so pure and pretty and make a lovely contrast against the beautiful green leaves. This is the same creeper where the wagtails built their nest.
Ever since we bought our camera - a Canon PowerShot SX 20 - I have struggled with the macro facility. I struggled again this morning with this ugly bug sitting on my husband's car but the definition is not great. However, what makes it interesting is the reflection of my car in the surface of the Jeep. So the macro practice will have to continue at a later stage....
Believe it or not there is a bee in there somewhere. He was rolling in the pollen and generally having a great time. I took the photo mainly for the beautiful colour of the rose. It's a sort of muted, old-fashioned pink. It is in the garden at Heartfelt home where my Dad lives. It's always so refreshing to visit him and sit in the beautiful gardens, which are a source of refreshing for all. Thank you Helen and your staff for the blessing of such a beautiful facility for Alzheimer's patients.
Today I was watching drops of water fall from the gutter into this open barrel. I took numerous photos trying to catch a drop splashing up from the surface. This was the best I could get. It's a bit grainy and the drop is too far to the left. However it's all a learning curve.... I also wanted to note that we have had 62mm of rain this week. Fantastic.
These delicious apple streudel muffins were the coffee time snack at cell group tonight. They are packed with chopped apple and the top is sprinkled with brown sugar and cinnamon. They were served warm and fresh and were very yummy.
Today's photo is of a nasturtium. These flowers are growing in a sheltered corner of the garden, out of the wind. The famous PE wind is blowing so hard there's not much chance of taking a shot of anything else in the garden. These lovely flowers don't have the greatest scent but they're really pretty - and of course they have medicinal properties.
Today's photo was actually taken yesterday at my last session of Peer Coaching for the year. This is the group of wonderful teachers who have given up eight Saturdays to do professional development. It's been great getting to know them and being a part of facilitating their learning. Well done Gang!
Here is the man of the moment, Jaws the firstborn. This morning the parents were teaching the babies to fly. Jaws was first out of the nest. His parents fluttered around him for a while as he tried out his wings. He then took off and perched on the roof of the garage where he was able to survey the big wide world.
The wagtail babies are growing and crowding the nest. We're sure it's time for flying lessons - and we're hoping they happen before the leaves on the creeper cover the nest completely. The parents of course are working really hard to keep the babies fed. Such hard work.
Nicholas had become fed up with all the photos his Gran was taking. He suddenly turned around and told me off. He's just so cute and so expressive. We enjoyed his visit and now that he's gone home the place is rather quiet. I couldn't resist this little face.
This is the second time I've posted a photo of a specimen from this rose bush. It's called Beach Girl and it has the most gorgeous scent. This is one of the first blooms of the new season and it's really a beautiful one.
Today we went to Addo Elephant Park on our way home from visiting Dad. It was a heavily overcast day and we'd almost given up seeing something exciting when we came across a pride of lions sleeping soundly just near the road. Further down the road we came across another group of two lions and a lioness. This is the lioness. She was about 15m from our car. Note the spots.
Today we went for a walk on the beachfront and then went across to the Boardwalk to for coffee. Whilst we were there we watched this boy having great fun trying to stand up in and air bubble on the lake. The name of the restaurant behind him, 34 degrees South refers to the line of latitude for Port Elizabeth.