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Reminds me of the jungle

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Yesterday afternoon, I took a moment and had my afternoon tea on the garden lawn. My dress blending in nicely with the lush green grass. Sending my mind into a drift of thoughts, just like the floating feathers on my dress. Daydreaming… I was in the Amazon  Jungle, on a new expedition looking for new bird species. Picturing their colourful feathers gliding down between the tree canopies onto the Amazon River as the feathers become magical colourful racing feather boats, down the river before a brightly coloured piranha mistakes it for a snack. Never too young to daydream or to use your imagination, especially in this busy era we are living. So literally stop and smell the roses once in a while and daydream 🙂

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For the love of trees

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My title says it all 🙂 I love trees! I visited a very special tree in the Knysna area in South Africa called – The Big Tree. It has a lot of history. You can read about it in my article found at: http://www.wildcard.co.za/visit-knysna-big-treeDSC_6779DSC_6798DSC_6803/

A wall full of love <3

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As I mentioned in my bio, I have a love for hearts, every shape and size. My house is full of hearts but I thought, I would share my heart wall that I have above my bed. Most of these I made myself and my next intention is to make a heart filled with shells. Stay tuned for a photo soon. Have a heartful day 🙂 ❤

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My love for hearts 🙂 ❤

Majestic old giraffe

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“Oh my, what along neck you have… the better to reach you with… Oh my, what a long tongue you have… the better to lick you with…”

Last week, we took a mid break and went to The Pilanesberg Game Reserve in the North West province of South Africa. The Spring rains have not begun yet and that was evident seeing the dry, dusty landscape of the reserve. Entering the reserve, a friendly by passer informed us that lions were around the corner. And sure, there they were. I have been privileged enough to have visited several reserves in my lifetime and I can still honestly say that each visit and reserve is different and has their own unique characteristics and for me, memories. What stands out for me the most as a memory of this trip was the old-looking giraffe literally having a lick at the education centre. We stopped here for a much-needed toilet break after game driving around the reserve. The education centre has a stall to buy refreshments, curios and there is a restaurant. These all in a “u” shape with a waterhole in the middle. This is where the salt lick was for the animals to come and enjoy. For those that don’t know what a salt lick is, it is a solid block of minerals that animals in the reserve can enjoy so that they can get some essential mineral nutrients. When we first entered, the blue wildebeests were having a good lick, sharing the block among each other. Then slowly but surely, the majestic tall old giraffe approached the lick, age showing with wrinkles on her neck and weathered skin. I absolutely love the heart shape noses of giraffes! ❤

She had a cautious look around and elegantly widened her legs apart to get a better position to lower her long neck down to have a lick. After a few licks, she lifted her neck and continuing to lick her lips. Whilst doing this, we got the opportunity to see her long dark coloured tongue. She turned slowly and walked back between the trees as the wildebeests eagerly returned to the salt lick.

#giraffe #saltlick #PilanesbergGameReserve #gamedrive #dryanddusty #Northwest #SouthAfrica #heartshapenose

The chatters of the corridor

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New month…new job

Along with Spring in the air and it being the beginning of the month, this means the start of my new job. That awkward feeling of being excited and anxious at the same night, hardly sleeping the night before with my mind racing of what it is going to be like. I was welcomed with smiles and an office with a view. Settling in has been a breeze, not sure if it is the fresh spring breeze from the window or the welcoming colleagues but there something in the air. The chatters of the corridor being a comforting sounds of a healthy happy work environment, what more could I ask for. As with all first days at a new company, there is a lot of admin involved and, in my case, a lot of walking around at work for me as each building is needed for each new function, from a new laptop to a new staff card. On my escapades around the campus, I came across some beautiful gardens, ponds, statues and back courts that I am definitely going to put to great use in my lunch breaks especially after my red pen duties of marking.

#education #newjob #newstart #gardens #ponds #statues #corridorchatters #statues #redpenduties

Darling Buds of September…

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That time of the year is here again and it sure was a sunny Spring Day on the 1st of September here in Johannesburg. So much comes to mind when I think of Spring, from bright happy colours to a British series I watched growing up, called the “Darling Buds of May”. A happy farming family eating lots of strawberries… that reminds me, the summer fruits are on their way too. This weekend was entailed for DIY and gardening. I am sure a lot of people were in their gardens this weekend too or in the nurseries buying plants for their gardens or HTH for their pools. The grass is becoming so green and lush and inviting to walk on barefoot again after the winter months. The flower beds are sprinkled with blooming spring flowers and colours. And not forgetting darling spring buds about to pop into colour. A new month, a new season, a new leaf, a new chapter…

#flowers #sunny #southafrica #newmonth #newchapter #flowerbuds #DarlingbudsofMay #darlingbudsofSeptember #barefoot #lushgrass #Spring

Garden friends 

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I love my garden, I love spending time in my garden and I love having little visitors or finding my little garden residents in my garden. Today I found this little lizard giving me the eye while he was sun tanning while I was cleaning the pool. Who are you regular visitors or even residents in your garden? 

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