700… an even number, but an odd feeling…

A fellow blogger commented on it being her third birthday on wordpress and this impressed me beyond words… 3 years ??? … seemed a blogging life time, as  I wondered if I’d ever make it…

photos from the loonybin” had made it 3 years… then I remembered “A Frank Angle” had been blogging since the first computer was discovered and internet came into being and had 1 500 posts… hell I’d never reach that….

Damn it if a little research didn’t frighten the katonkas out of me… I made my first post on the 30th March 2012 that’s two and a half years ago and this is my 700th post…. now I feel old…. half as old as A Frank Angle (will have to respect his age and call him Uncle) and getting close to Photos from the loonybin, (hell I might just have to call her Auntie)….

So who does one thank for being around this long ??

108 000 visitors to my site I would suppose are the first, cause they are there…. and hell that is approx. 150 views per post… My articles on “street article” (225 articles have received 200 560 reads, approx. 890 reads per article, wow this analysis is frightening)

31 000 odd comments made by others and myself… cause they have shown an interest…

and then wordpress for hosting my site without many hassles, or for allowing spammers to inundate my blog with their codswallop…

So here is a post that might be longer than usual but I do love these photos and want to share them with you all…

Thank you for being just so much more than followers, but rather the friends that you have become….

In reflection over the last 699 posts………….

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Pondering on the posts made, visits and comments…..


Looking back I might have done some things differently…..

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Hell I might even have been accused of being windy…..


I’m sure we have shared a few secrets…..

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We might even have gossiped about others…

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BUT… I’m sure we have never fought….


But rather looked out for each other… aided and even shared each others posts….

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But what does the future hold for this blog..?? I’m sure while I have visitors, or people who comment and show interest…. even those that voice the love of learning from this blog… I will continue…

So here’s to stepping out of the mud and grime and continuing on with something I’ve really grown to love and can’t stop doing….

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Please come along and enjoy the ride as we head on down the road of bloggers sphere…

Reflections on life..

A blog or post I read this morning was so profound, that it sparked the need for me to write. Not something I do often on this site, I do it more on Street Articles. But when I received an answer to my comment, it had me take the time to make a cup of tea and light a cigarette. To sit quietly and contemplate the present, past and future.

The post was from stuffitellmysister  (click to see her blog) and specially her post from yesterday (click to read the post). This is so profound that it needs sharing, the fact we spend so much time these days fighting to make a living, chasing time as though we can catch it and yet forgetting about the importance of life. The proverbial “take the time to smell the roses” is no longer considered as important. The time to share with our loved ones, relaxing or for that matter just taking five minutes for ourselves.

Life can be cut short in so many differing ways, and we all think our time will never come, yet the truth of the matter is, it could be gone tomorrow… It is not a huge problem for us that go, yet those that stay behind are the ones that suffer, the “why didn’t we” thoughts that carouse through the mind. The regrets of not taking that short time to say the “I love you”, the time for a Hug, or just the loving touch that can say so much to the receiver.

Yes we have to strive to make a living, unavoidable unless born with the proverbial “Golden spoon” in the mouth, yet this very fact is played on by the money making employees who consider the life of their workers with very little importance.. (Not saying they are all the same) I was an employer of staff at one stage of my life, in fact for 22 odd years. I like to think that I treated my force with love and kindness and made sure that they had the time to enjoy life as well.

The point I’m attempting to make, is that we need to make time, even if it is just the odd five minutes, to talk, to love and to make sure that our partners know how we feel about them. Don’t let a day pass without that time, don’t wake to the fact too late, never allow the day to pass that communication in some form is not made with those that you love..

I love it that stuffitellmysister answered my comment with the fact that her Husband had read her post,  her reply to me or a portion thereof “The post helped my deepest “innards” and reminded my man that I love him. (I know this because he came home, hugged me and told me!)” Wow the power of a post, and that her husband had taken the short time to read and get the message… This is the type of communication we should have with our loved ones at all time. Does this not truly show the love between a couple and the fact that Paula is concerned for her husband?

All I can say to Paula… thank you for the post, it awakened me to the fact that I have become complacent lately and even that I might have started to think myself invincible. I will show my love to all that I do, more often than I have been…. Good on you, and thank you for the wake up call….

A Visit to the Oncologist….Flowers, Birds and Trees…

Last week I had to take my wife for her three monthly check-up at the Oncologist… She has had three different types of Cancer over the last 18 years and these visits are a necessity to ensure if it comes back, we catch it early.. Whilst she was having her scans, x-rays and sonars I strolled around the grounds of the Hospital armed with my camera. These are a few photos I took of the flowers and trees.

I wrote an article on her experience with Cancer and attach a link to that article for all that wish to see… http://www.squidoo.com/workshop/cancer-a-survivors-story  She is my hero and was declared clear again, I hope her next problem is something small like an in-grown-toenail. They have cut her enough now and with radiation and chemo I’m worried she might start to glow in the night and sleeping will become difficult…..

A couple of photos taken in the grounds of the hospital…….

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Rietvlei Dam and a few more Birds and a Duck.. A Cats eye?

I have put the names of the birds on the photos for easier identification…..

Same Duck the Yellow-billed Duck different dams, notice the colour difference of the two waters?

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The Fiscal Flycatcher came to see if I had flies around me……………

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The Ground scraper Thrush came to look at us and then ran around on the greenery…….

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                                       A Cats eye, what’s it doing here, looking at all the birdies…….

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Reflections, I’m jealous of all the posts.

I’m getting so jealous of all the good reflection photos, thought I’d search and post a few of mine.

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The setting suns reflection in the river.








                 An African Jacana with refection.                                                                                                           The Great Heron with its reflection.

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                              The Rising sun upon the sea.                                                                                             The palms and trees in the water.

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