an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Nature, always impressing me with its vibrant display of colour.  We should all plant bougainvillea as a fence, it will make the world so much prettier.

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^^ Found this pretty flower on the ground.  Just look at that colour.

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^^ Walks in Tokai forest.  They are planning on felling all these trees.  It brings a lot of sadness to my tree hugging heart.

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^^ Mesmerised.

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^^ Find beauty everywhere.

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^^ We found a log to sit on to enjoy our little picnic lunch.  Kale salad and almonds for me and a rye bread sandwich for him.

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^^ Enjoying his sandwich.

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^^ You know your husband loves you if he is willing to carry a heavy stump back to the car, because with a little work this stump will be turned into a side table.  Thanks Carl!

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^^ Pretty flowers on a walk to the waterfront.  A contrast of colours.

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^^One of my favourite photos! Feet in the forest.

Hey friends! What did you guys do this weekend?  We’ve been preparing for our move in 2 weeks and trying to buy everything at just the right moment so it will be delivered on the day we move in! Hopefully it all works out perfectly, otherwise this pregnant lady will be sleeping on the floor! We decided to go to Tokai forest before they start felling, so we can walk around the forest and be happy amongst all the trees.  I’m really sad that they want to cut down all the pine trees in Cape town for fynbos, but that’s just because I’m horribly allergic to it and it feels like Cape town is slowly trying to kill me, but we are only planning on staying here for a year or two so hopefully all the felling gets delayed and I get to enjoy all the trees until we leave.  Hopefully!

 

Hiking, squirrels and a lot of Picnics in Deer Park

We’ve been all about deer park lately! Its our quick lets go hiking somewhere place that’s so close to the city and just amazingly beautiful.  Walking around beautiful trees, little streams, being pleasantly surprised by the endless ocean with just a touch of urban feel and being made feel small by the monstrous table mountain.   After our hike we usually go find a place to sit under the trees to eat some treats and have a talk before heading back and getting started with our day.  I wish I could just sit there forever.

We’ve gone to deer park quite a few times and I have not seen one deer, it feels like it should be covered in deer, maybe its an ironic name and I guess squirrel park doesn’t sound as nice.

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^^ walking down on a dreary day

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^^ A little stream among the trees.  I almost broke my neck after this photo I turned around and didn’t see a gigantic rock, but somehow managed to save myself from serious injury.  Carl grabbed my arm somewhere in between all the commotion.

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^^ I really didn’t want to get wet.

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^^ Raise the roof or raise the mountain.

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^^ Half of table mountain.

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^^This guy is always just so cool.

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^^ Stacking rocks.

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^^ Carl contributing to the rock stack.  Good job.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ Such an expert at walking over a stream that he can strike a pose.

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^^ Hikes all over the show.

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^^ an picnics afterwards.  I really prepared for this one! Raw veggies, salad rolls, crackers, dip, chips and my favourite of the moment.  Sparkling water.  So good.

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^^we saw these little guys while being lost.  The cutest little alpacas ever, just acting like dogs, walking around someones garden.

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^^ Pretty little flowers all around.

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^^ The bees were loving these flowers, I can’t blame them they look tasty to me too.

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^^ Beautiful beach days.

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^^ Clear ocean with minimal kelp.

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^^ This was actually a really hot day, but I was already committed to the beanie ( bad hair day) and the scarf was just meant to be.

How was your weekend? Get up to anything fun.  We’ve been neighbourhood scouting, looking for an area that’s more us and out of the city. It turned out to be a really fun adventure,  seeing alpacas, finding the best shop in the world that sold spaghetti squash and we even found a falafel shop.  Obviously its been a great weekend, hopefully its a sign of a good week!

A Picnic Date in a Forest

The other morning we set of to have a romantic picnic date at Tokai forest picnic area.  The picnic area is just amazing and is a great place to run around and act like a kid again, or let your kids be kids. It was a cooler day and just the perfect weather for a lovely picnic surrounded by larger than life pine trees, fat squirrels running everywhere and little flowers popping out all over.  I felt so under prepared sitting there with our little salad rolls, popcorn and one measly orange, while everyone was bbq-ing away a storm.  If I had binoculars I would have been ogling out everyone’s preparedness and delicious food.

It was a perfect day to be out in nature and just enjoying each others company,  I don’t know what it is about a nice cool South African winter ( Its like Autumn or Spring for the rest of the world) that makes me so giddy and just want to go explore and picnic everywhere.  I couldn’t wipe the smile of my face, while sitting on the tree stump bench, eating my popcorn and watching my selfish husband find some crackers in the bag and not even offer me one, while he devours the whole lot.  Next time I will definitely bring a little baggy of wood to make a fire and really cosy up to this beautiful weather, hopefully next time Carl will share a cracker with me.

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^^ Sandwich enjoyment face.

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^^ The cutest little face.  The picnic area is perfect for bbq-ing (braaing).

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^^ Nature is so cute.

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^^ Picnic food ready to be devoured.

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^^ Larger than life trees.

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^^ Yummy popcorn face.

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^^ Surrounded by trees.

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^^ Pretty little flowers everywhere.

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^^  a squirrel leftover picnic food.

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^^ Pretty green.

an instant of life captured for eternity

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^^ The yummiest, softest bread around.  I used the same knife that I was cutting swiss chard with to cut the bread, less dishes, but a lot of weird little green pieces on the bread.

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^^ It would seem that Alice was already here.

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^^ Big trees.

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^^ Unprepared picnic days.  We were still hungry after our treats.

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^^ Carl makes a pretty handsome knight.   Imagination has no age limit.

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^^ Little pops of colour.

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^^ Popcorn eating.

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^^ Little flowers and some rubbish.

Hey friends! I hope all my Canadian friends had an amazing Canada day and all my American friends had a wonderful Independence day!  We’ve been busy, busy, busy, trying to figure everything out, but in between all that we still had some time for a little picnic date.   My weather headaches are still here, sometimes stronger than ever, but nothing a good old slice of freshly baked bread can’t cure.   Here’s to another week, lets make this one even better than the last.

Ticknock Forest, is filled with magic and snow!

Well I didn’t really find any magic at Ticknock forest, but it is the kind of place where you expect elves to run around on some conquest to destroy some evil in this world. I didn’t see any elves, but I did see snow and that was magical enough for me.  Getting to Ticknock was quite a mission, I would definitely suggest that you bully some lovely friends with a car into going with you, otherwise you have to take a bus, cross a highway and walk up an insane road with blind corners everywhere while cars speed by.  I don’t think there is anything worse on the thighs than a never ending road that has a slight incline all the way up, the good part is ; its a great work out and you get to do most of getting to the top of a mountain on tar.  Of course the real rewards is being surrounded by trees all around you, and views of the entire Dublin and if you look close enough you can see the mountains in Belfast.

Being the sillies we are we completely forgot to pack any food and had one small bottle of water.  Yeah, I know! Crazy, but we carried on and walked for hours and hours, just being gently caressed by snow, seeing tiny snowmen all around and dogs excitingly trying to catch the snowflakes.  When we finally walked down the mountain seemed to be angry at our decision to leave and decided to turn the softness of the snowflakes into hard painful hail!  Nothing gives you energy to make it back to the bottom like being pelted in the face with hail!  We rushed home and stuffed our faces with all the food and water we could get.  Magical days come at a cost and I’m still feeling it in my stiff body!

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^^ Spiky trees and soft snow.

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^^ Only leave footprints behind.

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^^ This guy was so happy.

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^^ A little snowman.

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^^ Lost in the beauty of the trees. Or maybe he heard something.

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^^ Snow crazed.

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^^ I’m a tree!

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^^ forest ferns sure are pretty.

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^^ This rock sure was popular.  Not seen, people on the other side just chilling.

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^^ I just loved these wood logs.

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^^ Trails for days.

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^^ Snow on the mountain.