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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

It’s been a while…

Hi there! It seems time has simply slipped by and I have not blogged in 3 months! I really have to get my act together!

Well April is upon us and so is Autumn. Today there seems to be a crisp nip in the air. If you're in the sun it's a glorious day though. Bright blue skies and sunshine are abundant!

We've spent 2 weekends at Olifants since our trip in December/ January. Both were fabulous! In Feb we spent the weekend there with my son's best friend & his family. We had a mid-term break from school, so we had a good long weekend to enjoy in the bush.


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Fondly called “Ronald” by the kids. They were horrified by the lack of dental hygiene!


The boys looking for pretty rocks on the road.

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Two lionesses keeping hungry eyes on a giraffe. {The giraffe lived to see another day}.


Croc on the banks of the Olifants river


Ellie on the banks of the river.

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Lazy lionesses in a dry riverbed

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Reflections on the water at Hide dam

Our second visit this year was with Leon’s brother, Graham & his family. We tried out different routes this time, hoping to find some lions. We heard them, others saw them, but we missed out [this time!}. The weather wasn’t perfect, it rained a bit and there was a bit of wind. So I think this played a part in not much game being about.

We drove down towards Rhino plains this time and enjoyed the Candelabra trees- so unusual! The farm was also full of spider webs inhabited by these Golden Orb spiders. Which are apparently {and thankfully} not harmful to humans. We drove through a good few webs and had these not-too-friendly looking creatures land upon us in the cruiser! Eek! Rozanne & Graham were horrified to see me grab one by the legs and throw it out the car. Afterwards I thought it may not have been such a wise decision! LOL!


Candelabra trees

Golden Orb Spider

We also managed to spot 4 cheetahs , though they were around 20m in from the road and hidden behind some shrubbery. Had it not been that another car had been there and they showed them to us, we probably would have driven straight past. We could see them when they moved and at one stage the one stood up. Well we got to see their spots and I got one okay-ish photo.

This is a HUGE Kudu bull we came across, but being so shy he kept to safer ground behind the bush, so I only managed to snap this one shot which wasn’t too bad.

The Kudu lilies down at Moolman’s airstrip were beautiful and seem to favour this area as there were quite a few large bushes.

Well that’s about all from the bushveld for now.

Here’s a layout I recently did of Reece & Ethan hanging off the roll-bars in the landcruiser. I love their happy faces here.  I did this for the Sprague Challenge over at Jessica Sprague


I’ve subscribed to JS for ages now and always enjoy reading her (almost daily) newsletters. I’ve also been trying to do one of the photography courses there by Candice Stringham, but each time, either we’re away on holiday at the time it’s offered, or like last time, with the time difference, by the time I got to apply, the class was full! So I am determined to be there for the next one!

I was so excited recently when I got the wonderful news that she was looking for new Creative team members. So I simply had to try…. I would love to be a part of the Spraground Team!

Here are the other the layouts I entered:


This one is a new one I did specifically for the CT Search. Love the camera angle. {I just happened to be sitting behind them}. Reece loves driving the cruiser at Olifants, and it’s perfect as it is so safe and quiet for him to drive on the roads.

Here are the other 2 layouts:

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This was from our trip last year in April to Cape Town.

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This one is of Reece in June last year. He looked so cute with his shirt pulled out and his tie half down, that I had to snap a photo when he got back from school. He always gets back from school looking like he’s been playing a rugby match all morning! Often full of dirt on his white shirt and his shirt out, shoes often off and remnants of his lunch somewhere on his face.

So that’s where I’m at at the moment. My daily photos haven’t been kept up, but I’ve decided to take what I can and try to keep up as much as possible. Some weeks are better than others, but that’s my Life365.

April is birthday month in our house, so I’ll post some pics on my next post. This one is already getting to be far too long and I need to go fetch the kids shortly. Chat soon…

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