Thursday, January 26, 2012



Well it's now January... and things here in South Africa are getting back to normal. South Africa takes the Summer Holiday (which also includes Christmas) very seriously, and very little gets done from about Dec 15th through Jan 15.


Several  others on the Internet have indicated that they wanted to be part of the Postcard swap with the South African Quilters, if you are one of them… then please let me know, in a comment or email.  We are ready to get underway!!! Anyone else want to be a part of this? It is open to any one, not just Pickles so if you know someone that wants to join... please pass along my email address. I will close sign ups on Feb 5.


Rules will be simple.... Kicking off in the first part of Feb. 4 weeks to create, and then mail. Theme is your choice, all the same or all different. Groups will be between 5 and 10 members, dependent on the number of players, few plays big group, lots of players small groups.


These are some of the Postcards I have made in the last few years. As you can see nothing fancy! So if you ever wanted to give them a try, now is the time.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

The Weekend

I have been a little neglectful…. to the blog…. We are now past the middle of January. I am back on my feet…. my back thing was a muscle spasm, not a pull or a strain. Is that good news or bad news… we shall see. I still feel a little warning, once in a while, but I think its something that comes with age!

This last weekend we went to a hunting lodge. The DH has taken up Bow Hunting in this last year or so…. partly my fault because I gave him a Compound Bow last year for Christmas. So NOW he has the bug!!

He tried very hard to find a place where I would have something to do… with the camera while he was looking for likely prospects. We had 4 days here… and I shot a few pictures. He didn’t shoot anything!

I also read a some books on the Tablet through the Kindle App. I was reading The Litigators by Grisham and started and finished The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh. Both books are good. I had planned to start knitting some socks, but between the rain storms, (one that knocked the power out) and poor evening lighting… I didn’t even cast on.

So now some pictures. miemie

This is Mie Mie, she lives with her husband Pieter, on the Game Farm where we went hunting. She is 70 years old and runs a ‘Farm Store’. She makes all kinds of baked goods to sell there. On Sunday they invited us to their home for dinner. Entre was Warthog, scalloped potatoes, salad, rice, gravy and I brought dessert, (some Blondies I baked for us, but saved for Sunday dinner). Delicious!!! Told the Hunter (DH) he could shoot some of those.


This is a moth…. love the look of his antenna….

A grasshopper. Tried to find out which kind, but no luck on Google. He was quite colorful…


The view of the area from the top of the ridge was amazing. I love the wide open vistas and watching the cloud shadows on the land.


And lastly, while technically not a great picture, I spent a lot of time trying to capture a dragonfly in flight. These guys are very difficult to shoot… and trying to keep one in the lens and focused, is well hard! Next time I’ll up the ISO and shutter speed… and maybe I’ll get the wings in stop motion.


We are off hunting again this weekend, so hopefully more pictures next week…

More later! Beth