Travel theme: Outdoors

De Grendel is perfectly situated on high, sea-facing slopes and is the only vineyard in the country that is 350m above sea level and only 7 km from the sea. It has a  panoramic  view of Table Mountain, the city of Cape Town and the seaboard.DSC_0001DSC_0008DSC_0025DSC_0017Ailsa’s Travel Theme


A Word A Week Photograph Challenge – Reef

Sue dips into her old English Oxford dictionary to pick a word on the page that it falls open at.  The challenge is to post a photograph you like best to describe what that word means to you.DSCI0026.JPG DSCI0027.JPG

Some coral reef – seen at Mauritius. Taken through the glass of a glass bottom boat.

Sunday Stills, the next challenge: 100+

IMG_1850 The VOC installed more than 50 cannons on hills and mountains around the Cape to form a signal gun chain that could call the Burgher Militia to defend the Cape. This signal gun chain extended from the Signal Hill, Cape Town via Durbanville to Citrusdal in the North West, Worcester in the north and via Tygerberg to Suurbraak beyond Swellendam in the east. Some of these cannons are still used to fire on our farm today, 300 years later, but only on joyful occasions.IMG_1852 decocraftsdigicrafts


Macro Monday : Spotted thick-knee

IMG_4886The spotted thick-knee (Burhinus capensis) also known as the spotted dikkop or Cape thick-knee, is a stone-curlew in the family Burhinidae. It is native to tropical regions of central and southern Africa.

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Cee’s Odd Ball Photo Challenge: 2015 Week #13

Today we had lunch at Altydgedagt, which was established in 1698. Altydgedacht Estate is a family farm where long standing traditions and modern methods blend to create wines of quality and character.

Altydgedacht is one of the historic farms on the fertile slopes of the Tygerberg and has been in the Parker family since 1852. Brothers John and Oliver use the varied soils, slopes and microclimates to grow high quality grapes from suitable noble varieties. Winemaker Oliver produces wines of distinctive character and strong varietal flavour, typical of this area.

Along the road there were old cane chairs hanging in the trees, with signs that say “Follow the chairs”IMG_6212

 At the restaurant there were a few more….



Bench series #13

For the month of March Jude is looking for Wooden benches!IMG_5995 IMG_5997 IMG_5996

Travel Words’ Bench Series Challenge



………… lasting for a very short time

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One Four Challenge – March Week 4

This challenge is about processing 1 image in 4 different ways over 4 weeks.

We will all  process / post edit (our own chosen image) and share a different version each week. We are encouraged to try new things, to experiment and to be as creative or subtle as you wish to be.

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I have used PhotoScape  to crop this photo and to change it into a pencil crayon drawing.
Here are the other photo’s:
Original - March
Original – March
Week 1 - March
Week 1 – March
Week 2 March
Week 2 March

March Week 3

March Week 3

 What do you think?

 Kind thoughts and comments are welcome!
Click here for more in this challenge.

FRIDAY GREENS #13 – Green figs

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Ficus carica is a species of flowering plant in the genus Ficus, from the family Moraceae, known as the common fig. It is the source of the fruit also called the fig, and as such is an important crop in those areas where it is grown commercial.

Friday Greens Meme


Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Bathrooms

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