During the Summer, my family and I had the opportunity to go to Mexico and see the Mayan Temple. We were in awe of this ancient structure and I imagined it surrounded by the forest with approaching pilgrims who had come to visit for religious purposes.
The structures are now beginning to crumble and the modern visitors come to see what are one of the new wonders of the world.
Last year in the beginning of July, my family and I had the opportunity to visit Arizona in the United States. On our trip we decided to do a few sightseeing jaunts and, while on our way to Sedona, we saw miles of dry land.
The threatening rain clouds did eventually send water to the ground but, thankfully, we had already returned to the hotel.
Last night I decided to open a bottle of South African wine that my nephew had brought us for Chinese New Year. As I pulled the cork out, I thought of the many times I had done so in the past before pouring wine to eat with dinner. Not many wine bottles these days are corked and I wondered if corking does make a difference to the taste of the beverage.
The wine is crisp and went well with the dinner my husband had cooked. We do not drink much and we look forward to having another taste of home tonight.
Last week we enjoyed the white of snow on the ground. My favourite day, however, was on Tuesday when the snow was gently falling and the trees were covered in white. My favourite photo of the scenes I took was the one of the Silver Birch. (If you missed my pictures of the snow, you can visit here.)
The snow has all melted now with the higher temperatures we had over the weekend. Snow is predicted for this week but we will see whether we will get more than a few centimetres.
Do you have Silver Birch trees in your neighbourhood?
During the winter months, we need to use lamps in our place in order to see. I try to read by the lamplight but I often give up and switch on the TV as I find the light is not bright enough. Our place does not have overhead lighting and I often find it to be a disadvantage.
We have made the decision to go shopping for more lamps. Now to find the desire to enter a crowded store on a busy weekend afternoon!
The weekend is a time for relaxation and putting your feet up. During this long weekend, my daughter decided to do a little relaxing of her own on the sofa. She often has a book in her hand but yesterday evening she decided to watch a few episodes of the anime series she is currently watching. I did not feel envious as I have been doing a little relaxing of my own on the sofa. Instead of watching a show, I have immersed myself into the world created by the novelist I am currently reading. The relaxation this weekend has done me good and I feel more willing to face the challenges of the week.
This morning I washed a couple of the pillows that adorn my daughters’ beds. As I lay them out to dry, I smiled. I recalled their excitement when they received these cushions as a gift – I can see their wide smiles in my mind’s eye.
They were huge fans of the Dora the Explorer programme. They would sit/stand in front of the TV, answer her questions, and vamonos! with her to various places.
I bought my girls a few of the DVDs and they watched them over, and over …. and over again. I did not mind as I knew they were learning from the repetition – and I believe the show to be an educational one.
As the cushions reflect the past and stir memories of my children’s childhood, I thought the picture deserved to be presented in black & white. Even though the colours have been taken away, the cushions still evoke pleasant memories.
Have you watched the children’s show Dora the Explorer? What do you think of it?
Yesterday was a beautiful day to be outside. The ground was covered in white, the temperatures were not too low, and the wind had decided to stay away. It was a day I did not mind being outside for a while – especially at a place I had not visited before. While walking the grounds at the university library, I came across this stone arrangement of a large house that had been converted for use at the campus.
The old entranceway to the house looked magnificent covered in snow and I could not resist snapping a picture. Looking at the scene, I could imagine how grand it would have looked back in the old days at the height of its grandeur.
Did you see anything for the first time yesterday??