Category Archives: Stories

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.

 

 

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.

 

Rose Bud

Orson 1

Rose Bud does not care that it is the middle of winter here.

Nor that I hacked her almost to death very recently. (See  I Thought I’d Killed You.)

She just does her own thing, regardless.

Orson 2

The whole stem that you can see here has grown from the tiny stalk that remained.

On the left is new growth from the larger pink rose bush.

Due to the angle of the sun, the shadows of the rose buds and leaves on the wall behind, do not entirely match those that you can actually see, creating an abstract effect that I love.

And if you wonder why my Rose Buds are always called Orson; check out Orson Welles’ excellent movie, Citizen Kane.

 

Sunday Musings #99

My room is not messy; it’s an obstacle course designed to keep me fit.

– Anon

 

Who needs the gym when you can be creative like this?

Besides which, the moment I have a big clear up I find I suddenly want some item, which I know is exactly . . .

Many things have disappeared after tidying up; never to re-surface!

 

Red Sky

Red Skies 1

It is rare for me to see a red sky, with little hint of blue or purple, and this is such a deep red, it is really dramatic.

Red Skies 2

While I was taking my photos at dusk, with the sun rapidly setting, I was “serenaded” – if you can apply that term here – by a couple of Egyptian Geese, standing atop a neighbour’s roof and screeching loudly to another couple some distance away.

It is not a pretty sound!

 

You can read more about the noisy birds here: Sittin’ on a Roof and Cacophony.