Thistle

Thistle 1

This is the first time I’ve ever seen thistles.

There were always plenty of nettles growing in wild patches when I was a kid, which gave you a nasty sting when you brushed past them, but never any thistles. I guess the North of England just isn’t far enough north?

Thistle 2

So can you guess where I went on my travels recently?

I’ll give you a clue.

The thistle is this country’s National Flower and its National Animal is . . .  a Unicorn!

 

post script: Here’s a little thistle tongue twister for you – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9QB1AMavZ0

 

I’m Back Again!

Happy LM

Hello my friends! I’m back from my travels.

I hope you have all been keeping well?

As you can see from the photo, Little Monkey was very happy to see me again.

 

I look forward to catching up with you all, in random order, but as I follow many bloggers, it may take some time.

However, normal service will be resumed as soon as possible!

 

Tears of a Rose

The Tears of a Rose

Parting is such sweet sorrow that I shall say goodnight till it be morrow.

– Bill

 

I’m taking a break for several weeks, so will see you all again next month.

Keep well and have fun while I’m gone and I’ll catch up with you later.

Cheers Scifi.

 

Pink Moon

Sunset/Moonrise

We get the pinkest of skies here in Cape Town in winter. A subtle hue spreads evenly across the sky as the sun thinks about setting.

You have to be quick to catch this tint though, as the sun sets so rapidly that suddenly all colour is gone.

To add a little glamour to the scene, a sliver of a moon shines out in the pinkness.

You noticed it without the title, right?

 

And if you want to know what a Blue Moon is, check out my post Blue Moon!

 

Sunday Musings #100

I’m not a perfect person. I make a lot of mistakes. But I really appreciate those people who stay with me after knowing how I really am.

– Unknown

 

Whoot! 100 words of wisdom from Scifi here!

I hope you’ve enjoyed the ride.

Here’s to the next 100 pithy sayings, amusing quotes and downright daft comments.

 

 

Radiant

Poinsettia Sunset

Radiant

A typical winter’s evening

Sun sinking to the horizon

Blasts out one last burst of light

Golden leaves irradiated as a backdrop

Highlight the reddest of red Poinsettia

Christmas Rose mid-winter bloom

Splendid splash of scarlet

In the coldest months

Alleviates the dull green hues

Of a Cape Town garden

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post script: To achieve the best effect on the photo, turn the brightness up on your device. 

 

Winter Skies

Winter’s Day

Sunrise on a cold winter’s day.

This is my neighbour’s tree, which I love because it is the only one near me that is deciduous and waves its bare branches in the pink winter skies.

Most of my trees are evergreen, like my Eugenia. My large Syringa will eventually shed all its leaves, but at the moment it’s still looking very green. It better get a move on though, as the sun is starting to come back already!

Syringa

And it’s only chilly until the sun rises higher in the sky, then, barring any storm fronts heralding gales, the day rapidly warms up.

Winter is mild here in Cape Town.