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Mommy-luuuuuuurve…. ;)

My post is dedicated to my irreplaceable Mommy-ness!!! 🙂

My wonderful Mommy!!!

Mommy (Zelmare) – I appreciate all that you have done for me ❤ ❤ ❤ – all the love you have given (all the time), the unbelievable rolemodel that you have been to/for me & the unending support through all my good (&bad) decisions!!! 🙂 I know that I am the person I am today solely because you raised me the way you have!!! I will always be grateful & in your debt!!! 😀

Love you super super muchness!!! 😀

& to all the other mothers out there – Happy Mothers day!!!! 😀 **

The other two guys in my life… ;)

I have posted a photo or two of them before… & last night I played around with a few more in photoshop!!!

I just love them to bits!!! 😀

Duke !!!

Wagter !!! (who thinks he's human...)

I really should update my “dawg” photos… They grow up so fast… 😉 **

The last of our Cape Holiday – Part.10

This will be the last post of my Holiday Series… 😦 I am again going to share only a few photos… We had a great time with friends, some awesome travels, unforgettable memories, some bad experiences & great days… I am looking forward to the next time that we will be able to have another holiday…!!! 😀 I hope you enjoy these last few photos!!! 🙂

On a special lookout bench... overlooking the ocean!!!

HDR sunset - taken from a stand that we are going to own someday... 😉

There are three stands up there…. huge stands… (way above what we can afford)… But these views stole our heart…. we want to build our house here someday!!! I could end my day with this view & silence!!! 🙂

New Year 2012 - HDR sunset

Big BIG big jelly fish... My foot for scale!!! 🙂

January 1st views... So peaceful!!!

& I’ll end this holiday series with this photo… For a wonderful holiday… For getting back home in one piece… For great friends… even better memories… & what would hopefully be an unforgettable 2012!!! 😀

Heading into 2012... What lies ahead??

The history behind my blogging… (Thanks Mommy)

A loooooooooooong time ago… (even before facebook – say whaaaaaat?? 😀 )… a loooooooong time ago, my mom had a blog!!! She loved it… She is a stunning writer with MANY interests & passions!!! 🙂

Over the years I became curious as to what exactly blogging entails… 🙂 As my passion & curiosity for photography grew, I wanted a place to show people my photos & get some insight… grow my hobby… better my photos… learn new techniques etc etc… & if it wasn’t for my mom… I probably would not have thought of blogging!!! 🙂 I must admit that blogging has surpassed all my expectations… I am a blog addict!!! (So, thanks mom!!! 😀 )

In the meantime, my mom stopped blogging & went on with the things that kept her busy & away from what she loved doing… 🙂

But….. (yes, there IS a but… 😉 )…. SHE’s BACK!!!! 😀

I am sooooooo excited about this!!! My mom decided that now is the time to take up blogging again!!!! & she did her first posts today!!! 😀

If you want (& I really think you should)… You can follow this link to my Mommy’s Blog (opens in new window)!!!! Oh, by the way… her name is Zelmare!!!

She’s still getting everything figured out… you know – the in’s & out’s of WP… but her first posts are up!!! & everything is set for a great new blog to follow!!! 😀

This post is thus dedicated to my lovely, fabulous, gorgeously stunning Mommy!!!

(All photos taken from facebook!!!)

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO HER BLOG!!!! 😀 **

Keep well people!!! Tomorrow is happy-dance Friday!!! Whoooohooo!!! I’m in my happy place for sure!!!! 🙂 **

Relaxing in Glentana – Part.9

Over the next couple of days we didn’t really do anything significant… But we sure did have a good time relaxing with friends… Enjoying the beach… Just generally hanging out!!! 🙂 So, today I’ll only share a few photos taken over those few days!!! 😀

Ultimate relaxation...

Panorama - our cafe hangout...

Panorama - The most beautiful sunset EVER...

Awaiting my arrival at home...

Happy times...

A great view of our beach...

Through the polarised lens...

Our past time (even on the beach)... Sudoku...

From my point of view...

Panorama - A great day on the beach...

Hope you enjoyed these few photos!!! 🙂 **

Austria, Vienna – Schonbrunn Palace

Travel Lane Memory for this week Is from Austria!!! It was probably the coldest day of my life…. (or at least one that was cold enough for the memory to stick!!!) 😀 The mist was like ice mist…. – – – I know I know… for those of you who are constantly posting photos of snow… we don’t have snow here in South Africa… it is something unknown to me!!! So, “ice mist/rain” counts as coldest for me!!! – – – 😉

Anyway back to the Travel Lane Memory… This was taken in 2004 on my trip with my mommy (seen in the frame of my photograph)… On this day we visited the Schonbrunn Palace (apologies… I don’t know how to put the ” on the o…)!!! 😀 It was gorgeous… Even in winter the gardens was breathtaking!!! I loved everything about Vienna…. & I’m longing to return there as quick as possible!!! 🙂

Schonbrunn Palace - my Mom on the left!!!

& let me not forget… Happy Valentines Day to all you romantics out there!!! (I am not a fan of V-day… luckily He-who-thinks-he’s-boss is also not into it!!!) But in the light of all the looooooove going round today, I’m dedicating this part of the post to my gorgeous bf!!! 😀

Happy Valentines Day!!! 😀

With Every Hug comes Hope!!!!

I must apologise…. I haven’t done a post in a while…. I have a good reason for it – – – my internet cap is finito!!!! 😦 So the only time that I am able to have a look at other blogs is at work (here & there when I take a quick breather!!!) I am looking at getting a bigger cap, but money is hard to come by…. 😉 So for those who are anxiously awaiting Part.6 of my holiday – – – you guys, I’m sorry, but it will have to wait until start February – – – In the meantime (while I’m at work), I am still following all my favourite blogs – & more!!! 😉

Image from 'Real Life Musings' (click on image to go to website)

Which brings me to my post today… At this random time (08h30)… A little early for me, I know – but I’m at work & here’s internet 😉 !!! Today’s post is about Hope!!! Yesterday I was awarded with a HUG award by the Island Traveller!!!

Image from 'Bridges of Hope' (click on image to visit website)

Webster’s 1913 Dictionary describes hope as a desire of some good, together with an expectation of obtaining this good (or belief that it is obtainable). It’s a pleasing expectancy, an expectation of something which is desirable!!!

I would say that is a pretty good description… & in a world that we live in today it is becoming necessary to believe and carry hope with you…

I am going to quote Island Traveller:

“The world is inflicted with so much pain, of chaos, of war and poverty, of sickness, of hardships from all sorts of reasons. There is no better time to bring hope that better things can happen than today. People need to believe and feel once again that love, peace , unity, happiness and hope exist. That there are people out there who cares and try to make this world a better place to live in. That there’s a better future that awaits for our children. A future where they could smile, laugh, feel safe and more importantly experience love…”

Image from 'brainz' (click on image to visit website)

What is a HUG award??

Promotes hope, love, peace, equality and unity for all people (Initiated by http://ahopefortoday.com)

It can be awarded to anyone anywhere in the world (regardless of whether they have a blog or not)

It’s for people who (regardless of their beliefs – religious, spiritual or political) are able to nurture hope & respect the dignity of all people.

It’s for people who strive to make the world a better place.

Image from ‘wolfhirschhorn.orh’ (click on image to visit website)

Rules of the HUG award:

1.  Upon receiving the HUG Award, you may nominate others who meet the guidelines of the award.

2.  Nominees may only receive the HUG Award one time.

3.  You can nominate as many people, websites, or blogs as you want that reflects the award’s essence.

4.  Upon receipt of the award, nominate at least one other person.  The award is not time limited, so you can nominate new people or sites you encounter in the future.

5. Contact your nominees and tell them that you have nominated them for the  HUG Award.

6.  Please link this page:  When you contact your nominees for the award, and please include a link to this page, http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/, so they will have the same information you received about the award.  The nominees can then spread the award by nominating others.

7.  Please post a comment on this page at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ to tell Connie who created this award, about the websites, blogs, or persons you nominated and accepted the HUG Award.

8.  You may print a copy of the HUG Award Certificate for people you nominate, who do not have a website, blog, or social media account.  If they have an email, you may email them a copy of the original HUG Award and Certificate.

A detailed list is written in Connie’s Blog. Please visit the site and read the post of HUG award at http://ahopefortoday.com/2012/01/14/hope-unites-globally-hug-award-guidelines/ for both the rules and for discovering its generous heart.

Image from 'The Incomplete Men' (Click on image to visit website)

So, without further ado….. I spread my HUGS to the following people!!! – – –

Daily PhotoNZ

HeatherBlog

Draw and Shoot

Paris at my Doorstep

John Stirling Photography

Totally Random Shez

A Casual Notebook

A special Thanks to Cindy Warren Connie Wayne for creating this award & for Island Traveller for spreading a HUG to this side of the world!!! 😀 **

Now go out & spread some more HUGS!!! 😀 **

Turning 25 the laid back way!!!

Today is my birthday…!!! 😀 (Love birthdays!!) … It’s a big one – – – twen2y fiv5 – – – This year I decided not to have a big party! This year I decided not to go out until the wee hours of the night! No, this year I decided I’m going to celebrate it with my family – – – laid back style!!! – – – I invited my family to enjoy a rustic champagne breakfast in the comfort of our garden!!! Loved every moment of it!!! Here is a few snippets of these people & my day!!!

Breakfast out in the open!!!

Champagne & a Fruit Salad starter 🙂 Nomnomnom!!!

From left to right: Family; My bf's mom, my mom, the bf of my mom, my big little brother, my youngest brother, my granny!!!

From left to right: Mom, big little brother, gorgeous bf, other little brother!!!

Before I commence…. I have shared with you that I don’t have a small (very portable) digital camera anymore… I have found that I no longer capture the little get togethers, or quick dinners with friends at a restaurant or any random moments together!!! I also found that I no longer feature in photos and that there is a remarkable decrease in the amount of photographs that feature me & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss together 😦 !!! This is seriously just not right!!! I LOVE my dslr, but it is just not always practical to take it everywhere, or to capture moments that “just happen”… A photo taken with an arm in is not the greatest (but hey, it was better than having nothing!!) Which brings me to the reason of this ranting:

He-who-thinks-he’s-boss bought me a new little digital snapper – – – Canon IXUS 220 HS – – -!!! Handy for any (and every) occasion!!! 😀 Ain’t he the best ?? 🙂 ** So, of course the first photo taken today was…

...This one!!! (Yes... it looks funny!! But we BOTH are fully clothed!!! Promise!! 😀 )

To continue back to the family… 🙂 Unfortunately my dad could not make it 😦 – – – He is in Madagascar for a week – – – but we’ll get together when he returns!!! & my big little brother had to leave early because he is smack-bam in the middle of year-end exams!!!

3 generations!!! Granny, me & momsy!! 🙂

Lil' bro & me 🙂

What I adore about compact digital cameras is that you get gorgeous candid shots!!! Oh I am so looking forward to sharing more of these moments in my life with you!!!

Funny faces!!

It was scorching hot today with a very fleeting (and electric) storm!!! All was good!!! Here’s to being 25!!! Hopefully big things to come!!! – – – watch this space – – – 😀 **

My snapper has sooooo many functions its crazy!!! --- even this fish eye function --- photo of my very ugly chandelier!!! I predict fun fun fun... 🙂

 

 

 

It’s just one of Those days…

I’m in such a funny mood… Not at all in the mood for being any company… I just want a little “me”-time!!!! Today was probably just a tad too long and too busy – – – hence the mood!!! Just posting a few polaroids of me & He-who-thinks-he’s-boss… I just love having these memories… Since not having a small digital camera anymore (RIP my little snapper), I have a noticeable lack in little forgettable moments!!! 🙂 **

Tomorrow will be a better day!!! Have a great evening!! 😀 **

 

 

 

The other Dog!!

I’ve mentioned that I have another dog (one which is impossible to get a good photograph of…), but I won’t stop trying!! 😉 Here is one that I found half decent!! Meet my other dog, Duke!! He is a mix breed – – – Labrador cross Bulldog!!! 😀 I know… what a mix… but he really is adorable!! Oneday when I get a better photograph I will post it again… but for now… you know me just a little bit better!! 🙂 **