When one thinks of shopping in the winter, one thinks of indoor malls that are warmly heated; of places where one is comfortable away from the elements of winter. One does not think of ice and cold! Before Christmas last year, my family and I went out to do a little shopping. The day we chose was not the best as during the night there had been an ice storm. Having never experienced such a severe ice storm, we were unprepared for the havoc it caused. The sights we saw, though, were beautiful.
As we walked into Ikea, we could not help but notice the shopping carts that had been left outside overnight. The entire cart was encased in ice, giving a new meaning to the term “winter shopping”.
We walked past the carts, knowing that we would find ice-free ones inside – and thankful we did not have to grab those frozen handles.
While driving on the Swazi roads last year, I was trying my best to capture the beauty of the sunset. My husband was driving and I was snapping away happily, focusing on the sun setting behind the mountains. Looking back at my photographs afterwards, I was pleasantly surprised at the silhouettes I had captured of the people at the traffic light.
I liked, too, that I had captured the different colours of the sky. I don’t think I could have taken a better snap if I had planned it.
Have you been pleasantly surprised by the photos you have taken?
Last weekend we had the opportunity to spend the afternoon lakeside. I have already shared with you the pictures I took of the amazing sunset (here). What made me happy too, though, was spending time just looking at the wide expanse of water and the beautiful greenery that surrounds it.
The wide expanse of water soothed my soul: a soul that is daily surrounded by the man-made skyscrapers of a city.
There were some people on the lake enjoying its serenity and tranquillity.
We took a slow boat ride on the water and admired the shoreline and nature’s beauty.
The shoreline looked rugged – especially where there were no docks signalling human habitation.
I enjoyed the boat ride and my afternoon at a place I found invigorating.
I hope that my family and I can visit this spot another day. We enjoyed our time there and created some beautiful memories.
Do you enjoy visiting a lake?
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On Christmas day we woke to a light sprinkling of snow on the ground. The whitening of the world did not last long. Mid-morning, the scene was dull brown once again.
But two days later, the world was winter-white. We were drawn to walk outside for a bit where we enjoyed the fresh, cool air and the pristine look of the world.
The park was not completely covered with snow, but what there was added an extra dimension to the place.
The snow had covered everything. From rocks, to plants, to ground, to trees. The ground was just waiting to be disturbed by the laughter and play of children.
The Holiday planters received a new look – a look that suited them well. As did the fir trees that line the park.
Benches that line the road for weary walkers, or for friends to sit and meet, were no longer in use. They will wait patiently until the warmer weather encourages people to use them again.
I hope you enjoyed the walk in our neighbourhood after our first snowfall. It has snowed a little since, refreshing the covering on our ground. We still wait, though, for the snowstorms that will bring more inches of white and a population of snowmen.
What weather did you experience two days after Christmas?