Sunday, April 6, 2014

A vegetable garden provides food for all :

"You often say, 'I would give only to the deserving'. The trees in your orchard say not so, nor the flocks in your pasture. They give that they may live, for to withhold is to perish." -- Khalil Gibran --

First weekend in January I planted the first plants in my veggie patch / potager. It was brinjals, tomatoes, runner beans, squashes, sunflowers, artischoke and marigolds.

In March we had our first harvest.

Glorious coloured brinjals and squashes.

We savoured the veggies and the flowers.

 A heart shaped tomato -- how cool is that ! ! ! !

Late March we expanded the veggie patch and planted cauliflower, brussel sprouts, green peppers, broccoli, peas, camomile and more marigolds.

A week after the planting we had colder weather and rain. The snails came out of hiding and feasted on the Brussels sprouts, marigolds, broccoli, peas and green pepers.

We placed on numerous places between the cauliflower plants cleaned yoghurt buckets filled with a little beer to attract the snails away from the plants. Let's see if that works.

The beauty of flower and brinjal.

I could not resist to try a water colour --

Now, back to watering the veggie patch.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Do you know the words of the song by Charles Aznavour?

"I have lived"

When I take a one way ticket to the road of no return
On a journey every man must make someday
When it's time to meet my Maker and explain my sins away
I will tell him, yes I'll tell him I have lived

I have lived each single moment as a man of flesh and blood
with my soul and all my senses open wide
I have lived and tasted everything that called out to be tried
I'm afraid of neither heaven nor of hell
Never caring if I had a soul to sell

I was no more optimistic than my fellow man would be
I have always been an artist not a saint
Now the neon lights are dimming
no morecostumes no more paint
I admit that I was selfish, I have lived

I have lived a life of running after joy & happiness
With my feelings always tearing at my heart
Oh my Lord, I should have thought of my salvation at the start
But I lived so many mornings I was told
You would take a sinner back into the fold

If my reasons seem too fragile and my words of no effect
and forgiveness is the one thing I must win
I'll explain my life and show you all I am
and all I've been and I'll say in my defence,
Well I have lived

I have lived with soul on fire with desire in my skin
in the name of everyone I've ever known
I have worshipped every shrine of love and if I must at all 
I'll be ready then to kneel and pay the price
For the yesterdays I spent in paradise

I have lived my life

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

18 Desember 2013


'n Paar dae in Ladismith of is die Ladysmith? op Claude se suster se plaas waar hulle boer met skape (meatmaster), appelkose en perskes.

Oor die naweek help ons skape aanja na die kraal. Die skape word snags in die kraal gehou om te voorkom dat die rooikatte en jakkalse hulle buit en opvreet.

Meisie-hond is 'n plaashond in murg en been. Een van die beste speletjies is om molle te jaag, en kyk hoe lyk ons nou . . . maar waar is die mol?

Vir ons meisiekind en haar maatjie is plaaskuier swem en baljaar in die dam. 'n Plaas moet 'n dam he, nie 'n swembad nie.

Ons het nog nooit deur die Seweweekspoort gery nie, en hier is die geleentheid. 'n Pragtige weg om vanaf Ladismith na Laingsburg te gaan.

Pumpkin patch

Haantjie kraai ons vroeg-vroeg oggend wakker : Koe-ke-doe-del-doo . . .

Na vier dae van saligheid, plaasstilte, geen gejaag na wind, is ons oppad huis toe.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Tyd loop vining uit, voor jy jou kom kry is dit alweer 'n ander week.

My "postings" is maar sporadies aangesien die werkrekenaar ook die tuisrekenaar is.
Ek moet maar wag tot daar 'n tydjie is om te spaar van die werk sodat ek kan blog.

Nou is die tyd en ek het 'n paar foto's  om te wys van die afgelope twee weke.

Heel eerste -- 'n kat wat onverwags gevang is waar sy tussen die blare haar daaglikse mooi-maak- sessie het.

'n Waterverf-werkie.
Die raam het ek raakgeloop op die Idees Feesmark by Simondium Country Lodge.
Ek wil beslis nog van die rame kry - dit gee 'n dieper dimensie aan 'n waterverfskildery.

Somertyd is swemtyd. En hartjietyd . . .

Ons het ook vir skoonsus geneem om by ander skoonsus te gaan kuier op Ladismith. En wie kan nou verby 'n kerkgebou soos hierdie ry sonder om 'n foto te neem. Wie kan in elk geval verby enige kerkgebou  ry sonder om geraak te wees deur die boustyl, ambiance, impossantheid of emosionaliteit wat altyd saam met enige kerkgebou gaan?

Elke dorp - klein of groot - in Suid-Afrika het 'n kerkgebou (of verskeie) wat bydra tot die Suid-Afrikaner se geskiedenis en kultuur. Elkeen van ons het 'n emosionele verbintenis met kerkgeboue - of ons nou gelowig is of nie, van watter geloof ookal.

Saturday, November 30, 2013


Decided to move back here.

Hierdie blog het ek self geskep destyds en kan dus verander soos dit my pas. is deur 'n webrabbi geskep en ek het geen toegang om die titelbladfoto te verander of aan te pas nie. Dit is nogal hinderlik . Dus het ek besluit om hierdie blog weer aan te durf . En ook om dit in my huistaal te bedryf, naamlik Afirkaans.

Hier wil ek graag brokkies van ons alledaagse lewe en dit waarmee ons ons besig hou, deel.

Aarbeityd in die Boland. Ons koop ons aarbeie by 'n padstal, genaamd Strawberry King. Elke dag vars gepluk en geurig en soet soos net aarbeie kan wees.

Friday, September 9, 2011

new home . .

I moved . . .

Please visit me at

Thank you and kind regards . . .

Monday, August 22, 2011

where to find peace and quiet . . .

Let go, find peace and quiet where brief but deep moments of joy reside that man have forfeited within the stress and noisy rat race . . .

more detail

Find the inspiration for this painting in John 15 - I am the vine, you are the branches . . .

visit for more information of this painting

Thursday, August 11, 2011

new adverture

a little arts and crafts shop
opened it's doors in our little town

trinkets (tokkemolletjies)

anneke and i
share a little nook

to show case our hand mades
watercolours and paintings . . .

Sunday, July 24, 2011

playing around with . . .

watercolors and cars . . .

ink and bottles . . .

pink teddie or . . .

for Mia . . . two years old
to decide . . .
a teddie or a what you want it to be . . .
in pink . . . toddler's favourite play pall

Sunday, July 10, 2011

the color orange

"Orange is a power color.

It is one of the healing colors.

It also stimulates enthusiasm and creativity.

Orange means vitality with endurance.

People who like orange are usually thoughtful and sincere".

(for more orange facts visit

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

winter colour

winter cold and rain . . .
winter colour . . .
pinned onto paper
delicate and soft
with brush and watercolours
in pointsettia flowers

each morning to school
the pointsettia tree
claims the attention
with colour and dance
in wind and rain or sunshine

Sunday, June 26, 2011

thirteen . . .

girl sitting on her legs . . .
frustrated . . .
soon to be thirteen . . .
independent . . .
but needs mom and dad . . .
to show the way . . .
sometimes under provocation . . .
sometimes under duress . . .
but always carried by careful love.

drawing in charcoal on white watercolour paper

Sunday, June 12, 2011

domesticated alley cat

"He goes on the prowl each night
like an alley cat
Lookin' for some new delight
like an alley cat"
(now he's lying flat)

"She can't trust him out of sight
there's no doubt of that
He just don't know wrong from right
like an alley cat"
(does she smell a rat?)

a crochet cat ?
a purr-fect first - with wool left overs
not sure if it should look like this
but a cute cuddly soft toy
who stole a girl's heart . . .

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Workshop - using oils with gesso

I attended a workshop held by the Drakenstein Art Society
Elsa Spamer (du Plessis) was the artist showing us
how to use gesso and paint on the gesso with thin oils

I decided to try Cape Fynbos with this technique;
the gesso for this protea was done by Else
and I did the painting . . .

At home I decided to explore the skills I've acquired
and painted this pincushion . . .

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

winter wrist warmers

a quick knit . . .
to keep the wrists warm . . .

and fingertips traversing text
in search of words' meanings
for a school assignment . . .

Monday, May 2, 2011

Passover in the Cedarberg Mountains

Something we wanted to do for quite a while now
spending a weekend in the Cedarberg Mountains . . .

Through Bainskloof Pass - not too early in the morning though . . .

to our destination at Kromrivier - a working farm . . .
farming with sheep and horses . . .
an annatolic sheepdog as shephard . . .
hoarding the sheep to the kraal each evening as leopards roam the area . . .

our cottage for a few days - with only the bare essentials - and a hot shower . . .

some winter colours in the veld . . .

the mountains - it's like entering a prehistoric world, partly preserved . . .

heading home again . . . the road less traveled . . .

a land of . . . plenty

contrasts and colour . . .