The fruit stall in Paris.

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House sketches

We visited the picturesque village Collonges-la-Rouge last weekend. The village is listed as one of France’s most beautiful villages. When you walk around there you can see why… the entire village is build with red sandstone.
I didn’t sit and paint there in the village as many other painters were doing. These sketches I made from photographs at home.

the red walls…


watercolour and pen in sketchbook

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26 January 2010

Caledon Spa gardens…

In South Africa when you say 2010 everyone thinks…  Soccer world cup! But then you do get some of us who has no clue about soccer, so the year is important to us for different reasons. For me and Danie 2010 is our 25th wedding anniversary. And that is today.

25 Years ago Danie excitedly plan our first two nights stay at Caledon Spa. He remembered going there as a six-year-old boy and how wonderful it was. Well, what impress you at six years old, is a bit different at 21 years old…

our room then…

But, in spite of the pinecones falling on the tin roof all night, the smell of the place… and the four bunk beds, we still have good memories of our first holiday together. We did however not stay the two days and left the next morning for Swellendam…
For our 25th Danie took me back to Caledon Spa.  No, we did not stay in a yellow ‘roadworkers hut”. The new   Caledon Spa Hotel was build on that same spot. Four star luxury.

the new room…

What made it even more special is that I had no idea of his plans. The first I heard, was on Friday afternoon when I was told to pack my bags! My sister ‘was in the neighbourhood’ and stopped for tea. She was actually there to look after the children till Saturday. And take them to ballet, tennis, gymnastics, kids and youth at church and tumbling!… Dankie Lielie!

Then Franci went to Caitlyn, Thanks Sharon and Peter!
Mandi went to Tiffany, Thanks Norma and Hans!
Jaco and Pieter went to Jason, Thanks Robert and Theresa!

Cheryn swapped with me for duties at church on Sunday. I thought that was because she was busy. Thanks Cheryn! Val didn’t even say a word when I signed up for the ladies picnic on Saturday. And so everyone knew, except me!

A wonderful, special surprise!! Dankie Danie!

the end of a wonderful weekend…


..and see what Rita said about us on Bold&Italics.

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Once every year we have a trip to Oudtshoorn for a gymnastics competition.  Normally in the middle of winter, so this year it was strange to be there in October. All the gardens were full of roses and beaugainvillas flowering.

Oudtshoorn is known for ostrich farming. Most of the beautiful old houses were build in the ostrich feather boom around 1880.




Langenhoven wrote the words of our national anthem (long ago). He lived in Oudtshoorn.


You can buy ostrich feathers in any form…


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My Titles

My friend Ronell passed the Kreativ Blogger award on to me. Now I have to tell 7 things about myself.

Well, we all are recognised by our titles. Some we keep, some we have for a while, some we earn and some just happen! So let me introduce myself with all the titles I’ve had since I was born.

Firstly, for the last 45 years I am a daughter and I will always be a…


I have allways been a sister. I am the youngest of three…


Almost 25 years ago I became a wife and still am a…


for a while I was a working girl and was a…


the previous title I lost when I stopped working, but almost 15 years ago I became a…


and since then I am a…


and then maybe… just maybe… one day I will be an…


and that’s ME! 

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