Two Oceans, not just one Sea…

At Cape Agulhas, the Southern most point of Africa, the Indian Ocean and the Atlantic Oceans meet- not at Cape Point in Cape Town as many would have thought. Even the famous road race- The “Two Oceans”… has a wrong name! Or is at the wrong place!  But what would you expect from a sport of which the Bible says: “Only the unrighteous runs when no-one gives chase… ” (Proverbs 28:1)

So- without further waste of precious words: here is my second contribution to the Weekly Photo Challenge…

Picture 090As sometimes seen on my rotating header- this photo, one of my favorite motorbike shots, even Charlie and Ewan came here- this is where Long Way Down ended…

Picture 092The Lighthouse at Cape Agulhus:

Picture 095And so ends my posts for Winter 2013- for tomorrow it is Spring!!!  Time for Bike rides, and Photography, and even Cycling… Proverbs 28:1 says the unrighteous flees, but, the next verse says the Righteous has the courage of a lion… do you know what the emblem on a Peugeot Bicycle is? Hmm? Just an inside joke between the runners and the cyclists here in our town…

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I see the sea… Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

by Sara Rosso on August 30, 2013

Sea. What kind of emotions does the sea or ocean make you feel? Do you remember the first time you went in the water? Had a wave crash on you? Felt the sand burn your feet? Do you feel more peaceful around water? Do you hate the beach? What’s the most interesting thing about the sea for you?

Lots of questions, lots of interpretations. Show me the different sides of Sea with your contribution!

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Clifton Beach

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R 44 Gordon’s Bay- Bettiesbay

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Pennington Beach, Kwa Zulu Natal Southcoast

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Scottburgh KZN South Coast

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Sunset at Bloubergstrand behind Robben Island

Distance- Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme

Travel theme: Distance

Posted on August 30, 2013

I’m looking forward to seeing your far-flung posts which will keep me reading and dreaming of distant places on my upcoming trip.

xxx Ailsa

“Time is the longest distance between two places.” – Tennessee Williams

“Every once in a while, people need to be in the presence of things that are really far away.” – Ian Frazier

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Table Mountain, Cape Town, of course...

Table Mountain, Cape Town, of course…

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From a Distance- taken on my 40th birthday, long long ago…

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A little town a little way to the north from Nylstroom, South Africa, taken from a distance:

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I wanted to schedule this to post later… but then I never can wait that long to share anyway… so just enjoy…

To prompt or not to prompt, that is the question…

Daily Prompt: A Little Sneaky

by michelle w. on August 30, 2013

Are writing prompts a useful exercise, or do you find them to be too limiting and/or hokey?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SNEAKY.

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It has been known that I sometimes do the Daily Prompt.  Are they too limiting? Of course not, it is just a Prompt, it is not like the final Maths exam at school where you do need to give exactly the right answer, in exactly the right formula.  No, a Prompt by definition means a spark of an idea is provided, and then you nurture it and blow a bit of your own creativity into it, till a roaring bonfire of inspiration draws your happy readers near, to bask in your light…

Take this Daily Prompt of today for an example. I am suffering from extreme writers block. I have no idea whatsoever to post. And by just having a little jumpstart, I have written a lot of words previously hidden in the darkness of my mind.

Do you know it is an occupational hazard with pastors? The fear of having nothing to say… I have this recurring nightmare. I am all alone on the beach, and then Marilyn Monroe… oops, no not that one…

I have this recurring dream that I am standing on the pulpit of our church, it is time to start the Sunday service, and there is no one in the pews… Not a single person has pitched up to hear my beautifully prepared sermon…  That dream happens a lot. I am so glad it does not happen in real life, there are  usually around 400 people suffering in patience through my sermons…

So, where were we? Oh yes- Prompts… when you have nothing to say, don’t keep saying it for 30 minutes…

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My heart longs for the sea…

Cee’s Black & White Challenge: Your Favorite Thing or Things to Photograph

This week’s topic is Your Favorite Thing or Things to Photograph.

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I am having an extremely busy time as a pastor at the moment. Friday is my day off, but today I have a funeral to lead, and next week is the start of our annual Church Fete…  So there is now 3 weeks of working 7 days a week, without one day to just ride my motorbike…

When you ask about favourite things, I should post a photo of my bike. But right now, living 500 miles (800km) from the nearest beach, I really, really long for some seawater on my skin…

So- out of my Sea collection this contribution this morning:

Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa

Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa

But hang on, I can do both… My Aprilia at the Southern point of Africa, one of these pops up on my header every now and then, this one shows the lighthouse of Cape Agulhas in the background…

Aprilia Pegaso at Cape Agulhas, southern point of African continent...

Aprilia Pegaso at Cape Agulhas, southern point of African continent…

Who else is going to bring you a bottle of wine? I can’t drive 55…

Daily Prompt: Can’t Drive 55

by michelle w. on August 29, 2013

Take the third line of the last song you heard, make it your post title, and write for a maximum of 15 minutes. GO!

Photographers, artists, poets: show us SPEED.

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The last song I have heard, is Broken Arrow by Rod Steward–  Ok, that is the second line, the third is not that great a post title!

The Lyrics of this great oldie:

Broken Arrow- Rod Steward:

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around

Do you feel what I feel
Can we make it so that’s part of the deal
I gotta hold you in these arms of steel
Lay your heart on the line this time

I wanna breathe when you breathe
When you whisper like that hot summer breeze
Count the beads of sweat that cover me
Didn’t you show me a sign this time

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around, around

Do you feel what I feel
Do you feel what I feel
Ah can you see what I see
Can you cut behind the mystery
I will meet you by the witness tree
Leave the whole world behind

I want to come when you call
Ill get to you if I have to crawl
They can’t hold me with these iron walls
We got mountains to climb, to climb

Who else is gonna bring you a broken arrow
Who else is gonna bring you a bottle of rain
There he goes moving across the water
There he goes turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around
Turning my whole world around…

If I want to bring my lady a bottle of wine, I need a fast set of wheels- a man’s gotta go when a man’s gotta go!

Photo: Speed I can do… maybe not on this, though….  A project bike with a BMW Boxer engine- anything from 850-1200 cc…  No, not my bike, and apologies to the owner, maybe it is lightning fast… 🙂

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Rather, if I want to take my lady a bottle of wine, I want to ride on this:  (also BMW driven…)

BMW S1000 RR

BMW S1000 RR

As a Biker I love Classic Rock music… and when I am thinking of Bikes- this song comes up on my computer: Bon Jovi- Dead or Alive…

BON JOVI, JON / SAMBORA, RICHARD
It’s all the same, only the names will change
Everyday it seems we’re wasting away
Another place where the faces are so cold
I’d drive all night just to get back home

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted dead or alive
Wanted dead or alive

Sometimes I sleep, sometimes it’s not for days
And the people I meet always go their separate ways
Sometimes you tell the day
By the bottle that you drink
And times when you’re alone all you do is think

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted (wanted) dead or alive
Wanted (wanted) dead or alive

Oh! And I ride!

I’m A cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted (wanted) Dead or alive

Now I walk these streets, this six string in my hand
Still playin’ for keeps, ‘same old me same old band,
I been everywhere, and I’m standing tall
I’ve seen a million faces (seen an awful lot of faces)

I’m a cowboy, on a steel horse I ride
I’m wanted (wanted) dead or alive
I’m a cowboy, I got the night on my side
I’m wanted (wanted) dead or alive
And I ride, dead or alive
I still drive, dead or alive
Dead or alive [x4]

That is my dreams… but in real life I am just a small town pastor on an old, old blue BMW Roadster…

Wanted hopefully Alive...

Wanted hopefully Alive…

Spring is in the Air…

I live in the SOuthern Hemisphere, remember?!  On Sunday, spring will start in all her glory… but where I live, we just can’t complain about the weather at all. The sky is blue, the sun is shining, and it is already touching 30 degrees Celsius here in the Bushveld. (In winter!)

I am supposed to sit behind my desk. I have 3 sermons to deliver in the next 72 hours! Tomorrow morning I have to lead a funeral. And Sunday Morning and Evening worship services are just waiting around the bend…

But while I am sitting here behind my desk, I hear the joyful sounds of nature. The hummingbirds are outside in the Bauhemia tree, collecting their nectar. As I look outside, I see a new season unfolding in all it’s glory… So- how could I resist the call of Spring? I just had to go and grab my Canon 400D, and go for a walkabout in my garden. And that is the beauty of life, sometimes the most precious experiences wait for you just outside your door, if you would but open your eyes…

Just outside my front door I planted a Day lily two weeks ago. And it is happy there…

Day lily

Day lily

At the front gate there is this bush that my wife said I must cut down. I told her about the beautiful white little flowers, and she argued with me, she has never seen white flowers on it…  I am not that good at gardening, I do not know the names of more than half the things in our garden. So Bridget Jackson and my other friends with green fingers must help- what is this bush called?

Little white flowers bush thingy...

Little white flowers bush thingy…

And then I saw the hummingbirds in the Bauhemia tree on the sidewalk. And I am extremely sad that the longest functioning lens I have, is 250 mm… this photo is already cropped a lot:

_MG_0051They look black, but when the sun catches them just right (which I obviously didn’t) they have the most amazing metallic dark green colour…

On my way around the house, my eye caught the Strelitzia, a bit worn after the August winds around here, but still one of South Africa’s most loved indigenous plants:

Strelitzia

Strelitzia

I walked around the house to the back yard. My honeysuckle is still having one or two blooms- I planted it in a pot in front of my bedroom window, to draw the hummingbirds and other nectar feeders near-

Red Honeysuckle

Red Honeysuckle

Just outside our bathroom we planted a pomegranate bush in the autumn. The fruit is so filled with natural goodness that you just can not live without them. They cost a lot for one fruit in the shops, it is a beautiful bush anyway, so why not have your own?  It lost all it’s leaves during winter, but is jumping right back for another season of fruitfulness (i hope!)

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Pomegranate bush

I also planted 6 River Bush Willow trees (Vaderlandswilg) outside our bedroom on the lawn, because, as you can see from our winter temperatures, it gets really hot in the Bushveld- we need all the shade we can get during February, when you Northern guys goes skiing… then we have temperatures around 40 degrees Celsius (would that be about 110 Fahrenheit?) The Bush Willow loses it’s leaves in winter, another plus for the compost heap and the warming of the house by the sun…

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River Bush Willow tree- Combretum erythrophyllum (River Bush-willow) or Vaderlandswilg

I have no idea what all these plants are called, they are drought resistant, and grows in front of my youngest son’s window…

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And so, in a space of 5 minutes, I had a fantastic morning in my own garden, looking for some inspiration for tomorrow’s funeral sermon. And that is the beauty of nature, even in the death of winter, there is always the promise of new life in spring.

So sorry for my friends in Cape Town, they are having enormous winter rain, and snow on Table Mountain. And we are having this amazing winter weather, much better than England’s summer!  I hear there is a cold front moving in from the CApe, and we should also expect some cold weather to hit us over the winter. The winter witch gives her last parting shot. But then, then it is Springtime, an amazing time of year in our part of the world…

If you could forget about politics and crime, we live in a very special place indeed!

Blue and Yellow… Biplanes

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Blue and Yellow

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The Current Series

I think it is time to run another series using colors are a theme.  Here are the five topics I have picked out.

  • Blue and Yellow – You can choose to highlight either blue or yellow or the combination of blue and yellow.
  • All One Color (no black and white)
  • White and Purple
  • Soft Pastels
  • Brown

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I could not resist it- I am posting about my favorite De Haviland Biplane again… and yes, I know- slower shutter speed would give better propeller movement- I will do it better next time, I promise…

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Are you small enough to Play?

Lets see if anyone sees it second time around… it was invisible or something…

The Rider

Are you small enough to Play?

Lets try a 3rd time to Publish this post, I am having a hard time with WP today!

This was taken at Gold Reef City just outside Johannesburg South Africa in 2002, it was an old gold mine, now a theme park…

For Ailsa’s Weekly Theme- Play , my 2nd contribution: http://wheresmybackpack.com/2013/08/23/travel-theme-play

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