Monday, July 21, 2014


The Cape is well known for its stormy winters. Today is one of those windy days, the nemesis of many an umbrella, turning them spikes up to leave you unprotected against the driving rains.

Being cooped up here since my last (catastrophic but somewhat humorous) outing on 6 April I have to find the pretty in my days. Today it comes from the beautiful memories of the many trips we were fortunate to undertake. I remember our travels, no longer with longing to be in such places, but with joy look back on every phase of my life. I have peace in my heart that I'm on a different journey now that brings it's own blessings.

With the words of St Francis I praise the Lord for the privilege of seeing the beauty of His creation from many locations.

“Be praised, my Lord, with all Your creatures,

Chang Mai in Thailand 2000

A friendly ground squirrel at Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi National Park

Picnic with the birds, Kgalagadi National park 

Cheetah, Kamanjab, Namibia 2000

Especially Brother Sun,
By whom You bring us the day and who brings us the light;
Fair is he and shines with a very great splendour.

Kruger National Park 2008

Watsonias on Helderberg mountain 2011. My friend Laurette accompanied me on the drive up the mountain and took this photo of the sun bursting through the clouds.

Johnny on a sand dune at sunrise, Sossusvlei, Namibia 2000

Sunset, Nhambavale, Mocambique 2005.

Sunset at Gonnemanskraal on the West Coast

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Moon and the stars,which you have set clear and lovely in heaven,

Namibia 2006

Be praised, my Lord, for Brother Wind,

and for air and cloud, calms and all weather,

Canola field on a cloudy day in Switzerland

Twee Rivieren, Kgalagadi National Park 2009. This was our last trip.

A snowy day in Herisau, Switzerland

Be praised, my Lord, for Sister Water, who is very useful and humble and precious and clean.

Epupa Falls, Kunene river, Northern Namibia 2006

'Life adrift' on the Brienzersee, Switzerland

Be praised my Lord for Brother Fire, through whom You give us light in darkness, and he is bright and pleasant and very mighty and strong.

Amazing view from bedroom window of the chalet at Tankwa Karoo National Park

Johnny  with a rainbow in the background at Augrabies 2009.

Tankwa Karoo National Park 2009

Be praised, my Lord, for our Sister Mother Earth, who sustains us and

keep us, and brings forth fruits and flowers of many colours and leaves.

Biedouw Valley 2007
Namakwaland 2007
Interlaken, Switzerland

Nieuwoudtville Aug 2008

Praise and bless my Lord, and thank Him,

And serve Him with great humility."

Indigenous flowers on the Whale Trail 2007, most of them photographed by my friend Susan Albertyn.

Psalm 19:1.
The heavens declare the glory of God,
the skies proclaim the work of his hands. 


  1. O dit is sulke spesiale oomblikke vasgevang op kamera!!
    Wat sou ons sonder "memories" maak? Dit is mos ons padkos/aarvoeding in tyd om te kom raak!
    Sonja jy is, en sal altyd n mentor en voorbeeld wees, dankie dankie dankie Liefde en lig vir jou altyd.

    1. Ek is altyd so bly om kommentaar hier te sien, dankie liewe Elize! Ja my herinneringe is kosbaar (vir my), en maak my hart warm op koue grys dae. Maar God se seeninge in my lewe het nie daar opgehou nie. Lief vir jou Mooimens xx

  2. Your photo's/memories are such a celebration of creation! Especially love the one of you amongst the daisies of Nieuwoudtville surrounded by Sister Mother Earth..
    You always listen & share in all our travel adventures without ever complaining about your own dusty walking shoes...

    1. Anchen, the memories that precious day spent with friends in Nieuwoudtville warms my heart, but it didn't occur to to me that I was truly surrounded by Sister Mother Earth. I travel through the stories of my friends now, and listen and appreciate all travel stories. Much love, S


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