Living in a Teletubby house in Spain…

Daily Prompt: On the Road

by michelle w. on September 30, 2013

If you could pause real life and spend some time living with a family anywhere in the world, where would you go?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us TRAVELS.


There is such a huge world out there. So much I would still love to see. So there are so many answers to today’s question.  I would love living for a while in a primitive hut in Brazil’s rain forest. Or in a palm leaf hut on an exotic island. Or one of those conical huts of deer hide in Mongolia.  Or the underground city at Kappadocia in Turkey- how does it feel to live there?

But the one that I thought of first was of these houses that I saw outside Léon, Spain when I walked the Camino de Santiago. How does it feel to live underground in these Teletubby houses?  Is it better in winter when the snow lays thick?  Don’t people feel cramped and in each other’s faces in a very short time?  So I would love to live with a family in a house like this… but not for long…


The Birds… Sunday Stills

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Birds

Posted on September 29, 2013 by 

Last days of September and since time flies lets do birds this week. One or a whole flock, big or small, live or a figurine or statue its up to you to show your birds,  that did’nt sound right.


Near my sister in law’s house (near Sligo, Ireland) there is this beautiful park. We South Africans are amazed to see how young mothers and their children can go walking through wooded areas, and expect to come out on the other side of it alive and unmolested…  In this park there is a flock of white swans, and they create a peaceful setting for the walk:


IMG_0474I just wonder- is Ireland ALWAYS cloudy and rainy?

Thank Heavens, I can see my desk again…


Daily Prompt: Clean House


by michelle w. on September 29, 2013


Is there “junk” in your life? What kind? How do you get rid of it?

Photographers, artists, poets: show us JUNK.



Thank you Daily Prompt, for inspiring me to do a life-changing thing this morning. For weeks now my desk was piled with paper and rubbish. And when I saw this daily prompt, I just had enough. So I started this Monday morning with a huge cleaning session. Now the desk is visible again. I even cleaned my laptop’s screen for a change…

What did I do with the junk: I threw everything in the recycle box! The speed fines and all the bills included… It felt good!


The good news that I have to share with my regular readers: It rained last night for the first time since March! Not a lot. But enough to make everything smell good and clean and fresh… now the garden will awaken with new growth and life…

Have an awesome week!

Relaxing: Ailsa’s Weekly Travel Theme

Travel theme: Relaxing

So lean back, put your feet up and think about what relaxing means to you, and when you’re ready, create your own post for this week’s theme.And breathe!

xxx Ailsa

“Sometimes the most important thing in a whole day is the rest we take between two deep breaths.” – Etty Hillesum

“The man who doesn’t relax and hoot a few hoots voluntarily, now and then, is in great danger of hooting hoots and standing on his head for the edification of the pathologist and trained nurse, a little later on.” – Elbert Hubbard


Relaxing on the hiking trail… for just a few moments, quite a few years back….


Saturated- Weekly Photo Challenge

Weekly Photo Challenge: Saturated

by michelle w. on September 27, 2013

This week, show us a photo of whatever you’d like, but make sure it’s saturated. It can be black and white, a single color, a few hues, or a complete rainbow riot; just make sure it’s rich and powerful. Let’s turn the comments into an instant mood-booster!

Get shooting! We can’t wait to see what you find.

– Michelle



Saturated= “Unable to contain more…”  My joy would be unsaturated if I owned this bike, seen at the Poison Rally in South Africa…  My mood would be boosted immediately!


Daily Prompt: A Bend in Time

by michelle w. on September 27, 2013

When you’re giddy with excitement, does time speed up? Slow down? Tell us about the experience of anticipation.

Photographers, artists, poets: show us WAITING.


As it is his 13th birthday today: here is my take on WAITING:


Sport has so much WAITING!

  •  Waiting to get a chance to go on the field of play
  •  Waiting for the ball to come your way,
  •  Waiting for the chance to go for the goal line
  •  Waiting for the glory

But: You have your mother’s adoring look:


Whatever the score, whether you score or mess it up- she still loves you a lot!

Are YOU looking, dad? My heart rate is up, time is slowing down, I just want to be YOUR hero today!


Look, Dad, I have the ball!


The try in the game of Rugby came later…

The Lesson for today:  Don’t let your son beg for your approval. Do not let them wait to hear that you love them…  They don’t have to perform to earn your love, they just have to BE!

Vandag, 13 jaar terug…

I hope the English Translation function works today- we are so thankful for our son’s 13th birthday, that he survived a traumatic birth and is normal and going strong…

Bileam se Donkie

het ons nog ‘n apie in die berg gevang en hom mak gemaak…


_MG_0487en nou: soek die verskille:


Ons maak grappies, maar eintlik- eintlik het ons 13 jaar terug groot genade ontvang.

  • Groot genade, dat hy in Pretoria-Oos hospitaal gebore is, en nie in ‘n staatshospitaal nie.
  • Genade dat daar ‘n hartmonitor band om my vrou was.
  •  Genade dat die suster aan diens wakker was om te hoor daar is groot fout met die baba se hartklop.
  •  Genade dat die ginekoloog naby was, en dadelik ‘n noodkeiser kon doen
  •  Genade dat hy nie ‘n minuut later gebore is nie.

Want daar was twee knope in sy naelstring, wat styf getrek het met die geboorte. Dit het sy suurstof afgesny. Toe hy gebore is, was hy potblou van asemnood.  Die Here se genade was baie groot, en die ginekoloog en die mediese span was uiters professioneel daardie dag.

En ek…

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Some Brown friends from my neighbourhood…

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: The Color Brown and Sepia Tones

The Current Series

This week in our current color series the topic is the color brown or sepia tones.   See my entry at the bottom of this post for examples.  I hope you have some fun with this challenge. 


Let me show you some naturally brown friends in our neighbourhood:

_MG_0493The Common Baboon.

Some Warthogs digging in the shade:

_MG_0445And a Blue Wildebeest crossing the path:

_MG_0527A little dwarf goat, as seen on Wordless Wednesday as well:


And finally a rooster, just because he is beautiful!

_MG_0676Now where did I see another rooster recently?