Weekly Phoneography Challenge: My Neighbourhood

This challenge gave me a new appreciation for the neighborhood we live in.

Situated about 20km from Pretoria in South Africa in the vicinity of an inland dam, is the community of Kameeldrift East.

It consists mostly of smallholdings/plots or small farms  and security estates.

What I like most about my neighborhood is the peace and quiet, abundant birdlife and even wild animals we encounter occasionally.It is far enough away from the hustle and bustle of city life yet near enough if we want to go shopping or out for an evening.

These photos were taken with my Nokia phone today.

On the way home
On the way home
Ripe veld grass in the late summer sun
Ripe veld grass in the late summer sun
Fresh Farm eggs next door no coffee shop though!
Fresh Farm eggs next door no coffee shop though!
Saturday fun at the dam
Saturday fun at the dam
More dirt road
Dirt road approaching our property 

Walking Update 12: Still In The Armchair

Fish Eagle in the Hluleka Reserve
Fish Eagle in the Hluleka Reserve

Coffee Bay in the Eastern Cape. That is where I last reported walking.

In the meantime life happened and I am still in the armchair, recuperating from a foot operation.

This did not prevent me from doing research and deciding where my next destination will be. I found these wonderful pictures which again inspired me and whet my appetite to visit this beautiful part of our country soon.

The Hluleka Reserve is situated about 20km from Port St Johns on the East Coast of South Africa.  It consists of a diverse range of eco systems, ranging from rocky seashores, golden beaches, lagoons and lush forests of quinine, coral, stink ebony and Natal fig trees . The main attraction of the reserve to nature lovers, is the abundance of birdlife which can be seen in the reserve.

There are seven seven double-storey wooden chalets each with a loft room that offers from-your- bed views of the Indian Ocean, a fully equipped kitchen and a lounge leading onto a long balcony overlooking the  rocky coastline, rolling hills, thick bush and changing tides.

Chalet in Hluleka Reserve
Chalet in Hluleka Reserve

Information and photo from :Hluleka  http: //blog.getaway.co.za/travel-ideas/places-to-stay/hluleka-nature-reserve-chalets-eastern-cape/

I trust that in a few weeks time I can resume my walking programme , but in the meantime I can enjoy the wonders of our country by letting my fingers do the walking on the internet.

Putting On My Thinking Cap

When thinking about thinking and thoughts I become utterly confused in my thinking.

So I did a little bit of research and thinking on the subject to clarify it in my own mind. These are my conclusions.

To think  is, according to the dictionary, the process of using one’s mind to consider or reason about something, or as my eldest daughter described it when she was about four years old ” My head is telling me stories” 

Thinking cap

Many times the stories that our heads  are telling us are not true and then it will benefit us to put on a thinking cap and consider our thoughts before acting on them.

The idiom a thinking cap has been known since as early as the 17th century but the term used was a “considering cap”.  Such a cap might actually have existed and, had  three equal sides; on the first of which was written, I MAY BE WRONG; on the second, IT IS FIFTY TO ONE BUT YOU ARE; and on the third, I’LL CONSIDER OF IT.   (www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/293000.html)

If I understand this correctly, the essence of  putting on a thinking cap is not to find answers to questions or generate new ideas, but rather to think on, consider or ponder facts and ideas in order to decide on the correct course of action if any.

How many times have I made the mistake of talking or acting before considering these three equal sides of the thinking cap. Often we do not think that we may be wrong and many times it is fifty to one that we are. We see or hear partially and make a decision on what we have heard or seen, without considering the truth and making sure of the facts before acting or talking. In the  process we can cause untold and permanent damage to relationships and people’s feelings.

So let us remember these three equal sides of the thinking cap when next we are confronted with a thinking situation.

  • I MAY BE WRONG
  • IT IS FIFTY TO ONE BUT YOU ARE
  • I’LL CONSIDER OF IT

Or as Solomon said in Proverbs 17: 27-28.

Whoever restrains his words has knowledge, and he who has a cool spirit is a man of understanding.

Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.