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I have not abandoned my blog, and I’m not going to bore you with the same excuse that I’m busy. Who isn’t busy really? Today as it is my blogging anniversary (thanks to WordPress for the notification) I had to reassess my blogging activities. Why did I start this blog? Have I accomplished what I meant to do with it? The answer is of course, I started as a way keeping in touch with my family and friends, and yes, I’m using it the way I intended to – that’s an accomplishment.

But what took me a while to realise is that blogging is like writing, in fact it is writing. I regard writing a blog post the same as writing a personal essay, even though less formal, it remains truthful. In addition, a post has to be carefully edited and then published. The process would be the same even if I were to tell a story using photos only. What I like about blogging though is that I can write what I want (not offending anyone in the process, of course) and publish it without waiting for someone else to tell me that it’s not good enough for a certain publication.

Images of summer

Images of Summer

 

It has also become obvious during my blogging experience that quality more than quantity is what I admire and enjoy from the blogs I follow. Each and every time after reading these blogs, I always feel that I’ve learned something new or gained a new perspective on something. The quality of posts is something I hope to emulate — well, I’m not trying to make an excuse for not posting for months — and wish to achieve. So in all, I’m still around even though my appearances are less frequent. This is a pace I’m comfortable with at the moment, otherwise blogging would become a chore.

So this day reminds me of another reason I immensely enjoy blogging. Connecting and interacting with other bloggers or writers. The knowledge that behind the avatar, there are real people with their own stories to tell makes it worthwhile. On that note, I sincerely thank you my fellow bloggers, followers, readers and friends for taking interest in my blog, and in turn inviting me to your amazing worlds.

Cheers to blogging!

 

 

 

 

Juggling Act

I’ve been (and still am) busy dealing with several things at the same time, and that’s why my absence from Blogland. This quote pretty much sums up what I’m trying to say;

Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls…are made of glass. If you drop one of these it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”

~ James Patterson, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicolas

Hard at work

Hard at work

I have taken on a new project and in order to keep up with all the demands, I’ll have to drop the ‘blog ball’ for a while.

But do not despair my dear readers and followers. I’ll be back…

 

cocoaupnorth:

I had to reblog this.

Originally posted on Zukiswa Wanner:

I’m tired but I can’t sleep. I’ve been having conversations with the darkie South African literati and I felt I needed to write this. I know it won’t make me popular in the SA hood but, oh well, maybe that’s why I left the hood. So here it is my book-loving white compatriots (and no. This ain’t addressed to you Lauren Beukes, Jassy Mackenzie, Kevin Bloom, Helen Moffett, Tiah Beautement, Margie Orford, Fiona Snyckers, Jo Ann Richards and and and  so step away from the burning building, thank you!), please read carefully. The next three or four columns are addressed to you. The rest are to the rest of you, literati –black and white. So here goes:

Songeziwe Mahlangu. Napo Masheane. Yewande Omotoso. Lesego Rampolokeng. Phillipa Yaa de Villiers. Pumla Gqola. Maxine Case. Thando Mgqolozana. Shafinaaz Hassim. Lebo Mashile. Niq Mhlongo. Cynthia Jele. Sifiso Mzobe. Mary Watson. Angela Makholwa. Siphiwo…

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D for Days

Anything can happen to anyone at any time and you shouldn’t just live through the days, or you lose them. You should do what you can to enjoy every moment.”

Sarah Brightman

Forest solitude

Forest solitude

For more on the challenge, visit frizztext

 

Travel Theme: Wood

The Finnish landscape is characterized by lakes and forests. Forestry is one of the largest industries here, and is responsible for the production of wood, amongst other things. With 75% forests covering the land area, it means Finns practically live within forests.

Hunter's Cottage

Hunter’s Cottage

 

In the countryside and as especially in summer, all sorts of small building projects are always under way.

 

Self-made bridge and a shortcut to the neighbours' sauna

Self-made bridge and a shortcut to the neighbours’ sauna

 

I like the weather-worn wood with its coarseness. It creates a rustic feel that brings back childhood memories.

 

Fishermen's Village

Fishermen’s Village

 

But there’s also something delightful about the smell of fresh wood, especially indoors. It’s like walking in the middle of the forest. Natural essences extracted from different kind of trees (pine, spruce, birch, etc.) are popular in Finnish saunas. 

Outdoor sauna

Outdoor sauna

 

Barns that are no longer in use make for a wonderful shelter and photography experience, when on the lookout for wildlife roaming in the nearby forests.

Old Barn

Old Barn

 

What can I say? I love wood, and hope you enjoyed the countryside wooden tour.

Outdoor Storage

Outdoor Storage

 

For more on the theme, visit Ailsa.

 

 

 

Travel Theme: Silver

Silver — like a metaphor — is rather tricky. Sometimes it’s crystal clear and other times it’s a bit fuzzy as it comes in many shades. At times one has to look really hard to recognize it.  

Silver coins at a museum

Silver coins at a museum

 

The silver colour can be dazzling but sometimes it’s difficult to identify whether it’s platinum or silver.

Pale Silver – frozen tree branches (or are they white?)

Pale Silver – frozen tree branches (or are they white?)

 

Sometimes it takes someone / something else to point it out to us before we realise…ah! that is silver indeed.

Crystal Silver – sun reflection on water

Crystal Silver – sun reflection on water

 

 

If you can see silver in this photo, then you have an excellent eyesight. But if you place your fingers there, they will freeze.

Mirror-like water formation reflecting trees

Mirror-like water formation reflecting trees

 

Courtesy is a silver lining around dark clouds of civilization; it is the best part of refinement and in many ways, an art of heroic beauty…”

Thunderstorms and lightning

Thunderstorms and lightning

 

Hope your day is as bright as silver.

For more brilliant silver themes, visit Ailsa.

 

 

B for Bicycle

 

 

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.”

 

Vappu / May Day event

Vappu / May Day activities

But for a certain individual, the combination of bicycle, beach and some liquid in the bottle proved too much and he/she left this illuminating effect.

 

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