Sunday, February 7, 2016

Crocheted shawl

More than a year ago, I started crocheting a shawl in Vinnis cotton; read about it here.  100 squares later, I've finally finished it!  Crocheting with cotton is difficult and slow-going - the cotton 'splits' and you don't get very far working with such thin thread.





It's really pretty but I don't love it.  I've learnt that I don't like having to constantly adjust and fix my clothing during the day...endlessly tugging and straightening things.  Shawls fall off my shoulders, so I regularly have to straighten them.  Nah, not for me.  I'll wear it when I'm doing a lot of sitting still, like at Bible Study or at work. 
 
Next project - a poncho for winter...hopefully no tugging or straightening required!
 

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Saying yes

One of my 2016 goals is to say YES more often.  During 2015, I was finding all sorts of rubbish reasons to not do things.  I missed the Titanic exhibition in Johannesburg because I was busy and the location was inconvenient for me.  I missed seeing Engelbert Humperdink live in concert because the show was on a week night and I had early meetings the next morning.  What rubbish!  I frustrate myself sometimes.  So I'm working on saying YES more often...
 
The first big YES of the year was my solitary trip to Black Rhino Lodge in January.  My second big YES was to see Madame Zingara.  The show closes in Johannesburg at the end of January, so Leonie and I made a spur of the moment decision to book and go to the show at Montecasino.  It was a great show, the food was delicious, the service a bit crappy, and I enjoyed getting a bit dressed up and spending time out with Leonie.








His name is Cathy










PS : I've booked to see the Titanic Exhibition in Cape Town during February -YES!

Monday, February 1, 2016

Wild things

Here are some photos of the birds and animals that I saw on my recent bush break to Black Rhino Game Lodge...
 
Woodland Kingfisher


Steenbok




Buffalo

Rhino

Lazy lions 




Zebra 

Arrowmarked babbler 



Giraffe (lying down) 

our guide Johan shows us a Terrapin

Yellowbilled Hornbill 

Blackback Jackal 

Everyone on our game drive vehicle was a keen birdwatcher.  The couple on the left (Rosemary and Roger) are from the UK, the lady next to me (Nora) is a political analyst with the US Embassy in Pretoria, and Brian and Dell are from Australia.  I had a lovely birthday.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Bush Break

It was my birthday in January so I arranged a mini bush break to Black Rhino Game Lodge in Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.  I drove up on a Saturday morning in beautifully cool weather, it's about a 3 hour drive from home on good roads.  I checked in, had lunch (delicious ostrich fillet), and then relaxed until going out on the game drive at 4.
 
 



Lodge number 16 was home for the weekend - such a clever room layout

 
 


 
 



I opened the stacking doors wide and listened to ...silence ...birds ... frogs.  I LOVED it!  I read, I doodled in my colouring book, I breathed deeply


I travelled alone but I wasn't 'alone'.  I met wonderful people at the lodge, and never ate a meal alone.  I enjoyed the freedom to be on my own or spend time with the other guests.  On day 1, I had dinner with Bryan and Dell from Australia.  I was delighted that they were also keen birders and photographers.



Thank you Lord for blessing me with the opportunity to visit this beautiful place and to meet new people.